Peter Kitchen McKinley County, New Mexico

The Kitchen Opera House in Gallup was erected in 1895 by Peter Kitchen, who located in McKinley County in 1887, first establishing himself in the liquor business at Gibson. Since 1801 he has been engaged in business in Gallup. He was born in Galicia, Poland, in 1862, came to America in 1879 and for a few years before deciding to settle in New Mexico he traveled through Nebraska, Colorado and other western states. His opera house was the first to be erected in Gallup.

His business career has been marked by financial success. He has taken an active interest in local affairs and has served as trustee of the town.

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Source: History of New Mexico, Its Resources and People, Volume II, Pacific States Publishing Co., 1907.

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