Saturday, June 24, 2017

Carolyn Shoemaker

(Wikipedia) Carolyn Jean Spellmann Shoemaker (born June 24, 1929) is an American astronomer and is a co-discoverer of Comet Shoemaker–Levy 9.
She once held the record for most comets discovered by an individual.
Carolyn Jean Spellmann was born in Gallup, New Mexico, United States. Continued

Harding County Courthouse

Friday, June 23, 2017

Texas Annexation

(Library of Congress) On June 23, 1845, a joint resolution of the Congress of Texas voted in favor of annexation by the United States.
The leaders of the republic first voted for annexation in 1836, soon after gaining independence from Mexico, but the U.S. Congress was unwilling to admit another state that permitted slavery.
Sam Houston, commander of the Texas army during the fight for independence from Mexico and the first president of the Republic of Texas, was a strong advocate of annexation. Continued

Old House 86

Cuervo, New Mexico

Thursday, June 22, 2017

A mighty balladeer: Actor and musician Burl Ives settles awhile in Galisteo

(Santa Fe New Mexican) In the early 1970s, radio listeners would occasionally hear a disc jockey play a 45-rpm single with the reedy voice of one of America’s best known balladeers singing of his love for a small New Mexico town. “It’s just a little village out of the way,” the mournful voice of Burl Ives intoned, “a little north of Albuquerque, little south of Santa Fe, where the jets from California leave their trails in the sky. I’m staying in Galisteo till the day I die.”
How Ives, a singing star as well-known in his time as Pete Seeger or Woody Guthrie, came to record this ode to the sleepy village of Galisteo is a complicated tale. Continued

San Jon Cemetery

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Michael Gross

(Wikipedia) Michael Edward Gross (born June 21, 1947) is an American television, movie and stage actor. He played both comedic and dramatic roles, such as Steven Keaton from the sitcom Family Ties (1982–1989) and the graboid hunter Burt Gummer from the Tremors film franchise.
... Gross is a passionate railfan with an extensive collection of railroad antiques. He is an amateur railroad historian, photographer, modeler, and part-owner in a working railroad, the Santa Fe Southern Railway, a former branch line of the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway which operates between Lamy and Santa Fe, New Mexico. Continued

Quanah's little arrow

The Texas Panhandle is dotted with giant arrows marking the Quanah Parker Trail, but at the Muleshoe National Wildlife Refuge, there is a little arrow marking Quanah's journey through history. The arrow is smaller, I imagine, so that it won't appear kitschy, as compared to more tasteful efforts such as a talking fire bear or a mountain carved with the faces of politicians.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Early interest led to national success for NM authors, songwriters

(Albuquerque Journal) Most of us are formed by things that touched us deeply when we were children. Eventually – if not right away – the enthusiasms of our tender years help us evolve into the people we are in our later lives.
Maybe the spark was something that would seem inconsequential to others.
That’s the way it was for the New Mexico authors and songwriters who are being honored this week during the Western Writers of America convention in Kansas City, Mo. Johnny D. Boggs, Paul Hutton and Jim Jones won Spur Awards, presented by the WWA for excellence in writing about the West, and Doug Figgs is being recognized as a Spur finalist. Continued

Storefront: Mosquero, NM

Monday, June 19, 2017

"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

Underpass: Route 66 and I-40