Friday, June 22, 2018

The McGee Well

McGee oil well Tucumcari, New Mexico circa 1910 Mary Lynn Moncus wrote in her "History of Quay County, New Mexico," that "the McGee Well created much excitement before it was abandoned." I wonder how many people lost money on that one. It made a certain amount of sense; after all, oil rich Texas was just down the road. The date? I'm guessing 1915, give or take a few years. This is the grimiest postcard I've ever seen.
However, there is oil under Quay County, it just wasn't extractable, until now. One day, oil may be Tucumcari's salvation, or its ruin, much like the "racino."

Auction of Billy the Kid-related items rides into Santa Fe

(Santa Fe New Mexican) Billy the Kid, an outlaw, a legend and a New Mexico cottage industry, rides the range still.
Items relating to the Kid will be displayed and auctioned this weekend at the 29th annual Cody Old West Auction and Cody Old West Show at the Santa Fe Community Convention Center.
This is the first time the events have been held in Santa Fe, said event founder and Santa Fe resident Brian Lebel. Estimates for the coming sale total more than $1.4 million. Continued

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Causey Cemetery: "How Many Hopes Lie Buried Here"

American Revolution reaches Texas

British West Florida (Wikipedia)
(TDbD) On this day in 1779, Spain came to the aid of the rebelling American colonists by formally declaring war on Great Britain.
The primary role played by Texas in the conflict was to supply Spanish forces mounting an assault on British territory from Louisiana. King Carlos III commissioned Bernardo de Gálvez to conduct a campaign against the British along the Mississippi River and the Gulf Coast. Continued

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Bob Wills in New Mexico

Mural honoring Bob Wills in Roy, New Mexico (Sixgun Siding)
( My daddy grew up in Porter, New Mexico, the youngest of ten children. He delights in telling what I think of as "baby of the family" stories (I have a number of my own. . .), about how the older brothers used to torture him by hiding behind the tank and jumping out to frighten him when he had to walk to the windmill after dark to turn the pump off, or how he sometimes had to stay in and help Granny Terry in the house because he was the baby.
Or how he had to be the designated driver of my Grandpa Terry's 1936 Ford sedan when his older brothers and the local boys wanted to go to Tucumcari to tomcat around during World War II. When he was eleven years old. Continued

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Old House 134

Yeso, New Mexico

"Cowboys' Christmas Ball" published

(TDbD) On this day in 1890, poet and ranchman Larry Chittenden's "The Cowboys' Christmas Ball" was first published in the Anson Texas Western. Chittenden, born in New Jersey in 1862, came to Texas in 1883 and established a ranch at the foot of Skinout Mountain near Anson. An annual Christmas dance at Anson's Star Hotel, which burned in 1890, inspired his best-known poem. Continued

Monday, June 18, 2018

JA Ranch Founded

Watering the herd, JA Ranch, Texas c1903
Photograph shows cowboys tending a herd of watering cattle on the JA ranch in the Texas panhandle. To the left in the background is a photographer's wagon with a sign, "W. A. Harper, Special Photographer, St. Louis Exposition 1903." (Library of Congress)
(Texas Day by Day) On this day in 1876, Charles Goodnight and John G. Adair drew up the contract that brought the JA Ranch into being. The JA is the oldest privately owned cattle ranch in the Panhandle.
Goodnight had met Adair, an English aristocrat interested in going into the cattle business, in Denver. Adair agreed to furnish the capital Goodnight needed to build up his "Home Ranch" in Armstrong County. Continued

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Adobe Gazebo

You don't have to be a Santa Fe millionaire to enjoy a picnic in this fine building. It's available free, first come first serve, courtesy of the National Park Service, at the Abo Salinas Pueblo Missions. It's located just a few miles east of Mountainair, New Mexico on U.S. 60.

How Frida Kahlo Invented ‘Frida Kahlo’

Diego Rivera and Frida (Kahlo)
by Carl Van Vechten (LoC)
(Daily Beast) … Born near Mexico City in 1907 to a German father and a mother of Spanish and Indian descent, Kahlo’s family taught her about style from a young age.
Early photographs of her family feature women wearing traditional starched lace headdress from the Oaxaca region.
Another shows her mother, Matilde Calderón y Gonzalez, wearing some of the European fashions that were popular prior to the Mexican Revolution. Continued

Shop and Home of Kuhns and Kuhns

(UNT Libraries)

Saturday, June 16, 2018


(Wikipedia) Geronimo (Mescalero-Chiricahua: Goyaałé [kòjàːɬɛ́] "the one who yawns"; June 16, 1829 – February 17, 1909) was a prominent leader and medicine man from the Bedonkohe band of the Chiricahua Apache tribe.
From 1850 to 1886 Geronimo joined with members of three other Chiricahua Apache bands—the Tchihende, the Tsokanende and the Nednhi—to carry out numerous raids as well as resistance to US and Mexican military campaigns in the northern Mexico states of Chihuahua and Sonora, and in the southwestern American territories of New Mexico and Arizona.
Geronimo's raids and related combat actions were a part of the prolonged period of the Apache-United States conflict, that started with American settlement in Apache lands following the end of the war with Mexico in 1848. Continued

Friday, June 15, 2018

Waylon Jennings

Waylon Jennings, Jesse Colter, Rosalynn Carter (Library of Congress)
(Wikipedia) Waylon Arnold Jennings (June 15, 1937 – February 13, 2002) was an American singer, songwriter, musician and actor.
Jennings began playing guitar at eight and began performing at 14 on KVOW radio. His first band was The Texas Longhorns. Jennings worked as a DJ on KVOW, KDAV, KYTI, and KLLL.
In 1958, Buddy Holly arranged Jennings's first recording session, of "Jole Blon" and "When Sin Stops (Love Begins)". Holly hired him to play bass.
In Clear Lake, Iowa, Jennings gave up his seat on the ill-fated flight that crashed and killed Holly, J. P. Richardson, Ritchie Valens, and pilot Roger Peterson.
... Waylon Arnold Jennings was born on June 15, 1937, on the G.W. Bitner farm, near Littlefield, Texas. Continued

Allis Chalmers Gleaner

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Flag Day

(LoC) On June 14, 1777, the Continental Congress approved the design of a national flag. Since 1916, when President Woodrow Wilson issued a presidential proclamation establishing a national Flag Day on June 14, Americans have commemorated the adoption of the Stars and Stripes by celebrating June 14 as Flag Day. Prior to 1916, many localities and a few states had been celebrating the day for years. Continued

Photo: Kruger Flag on Goat Hill, Raton, NM 1911 (Mil's Place)