Monday, October 22, 2018

Collis P Huntington

(Wikipedia) Collis Potter Huntington (October 22, 1821 – August 13, 1900) was one of the Big Four of western railroading (along with Leland Stanford, Mark Hopkins, and Charles Crocker) who built the Central Pacific Railroad as part of the first U.S. transcontinental railroad.
Huntington then helped lead and develop other major interstate lines such as the Southern Pacific Railroad and the Chesapeake & Ohio Railway (C&O), which he was recruited to help complete. Continued

Sunday, October 21, 2018

Country Churches: Nuestra Senora del Refugio

Puerto de Luna, New Mexico

One Hundred Years Ago: The 1918 Flu Pandemic

(CDC) The 1918 influenza pandemic was the most severe pandemic in recent history. It was caused by an H1N1 virus with genes of avian origin. Although there is not universal consensus regarding where the virus originated, it spread worldwide during 1918-1919.  In the United States, it was first identified in military personnel in spring 1918.
It is estimated that about 500 million people or one-third of the world’s population became infected with this virus. The number of deaths was estimated to be at least 50 million worldwide with about 675,000 occurring in the United States. Continued

Saturday, October 20, 2018

James Hinkle

(Wikipedia) James Fielding Hinkle (October 20, 1864 – March 26, 1951) was an American politician and the sixth Governor of New Mexico.
... He served as a member of the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners from 1891 to 1893 and also served as a member of the New Mexico Territorial House of Representatives from 1893 to 1896.
He became a member of the New Mexico Territorial Senate in 1901 and served as a member of the Lincoln County Board of Equalization from 1901 to 1911.
He served as the mayor of Roswell from 1904 to 1906. Continued

Friday, October 19, 2018

Storefront: Mt. Dora

Mount Dora is about 18 miles northwest of Clayton, NM.

Jeannie C. Riley

(Wikipedia) Jeannie C. Riley (born Jeanne Carolyn Stephenson, October 19, 1945) is an American country music and gospel singer. She is best known for her 1968 country and pop hit "Harper Valley PTA" (written by Tom T. Hall), which missed (by one week) becoming the Billboard Country and Pop number one hit at the same time. Continued

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Cowboy detective dies in California

(Texas Day by Day) On this day in 1928, famed cowboy detective and author Charles Siringo died in Altadena, California.
Siringo, born in Matagorda County in 1855, worked as a cowboy for a number of prominent Texas outfits, including those of Shanghai Pierce and George Littlefield.
In 1877 he drove a herd into the Panhandle to establish the LX Ranch.
During his years as an LX cowboy Siringo met the young outlaw Billy the Kid. Later he led a posse of cowboys into New Mexico in pursuit of the Kid and his gang.
In 1884 Siringo left the LX to become a merchant in Caldwell, Kansas, and began writing his first book. Continued

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Invasive Species Returns to New Mexico

(Albuquerque Journal) A Pennsylvania man who was arrested Friday evening for burglarizing Forrest Fenn’s house told police he believed the famed art and antiquities collector’s treasure would be there.
Robert Miller, of Pine Grove, Pa., is charged with residential burglary, breaking and entering and criminal damage to property after he used an ax to break into Fenn’s Old Santa Fe Trail home. Continued

Dinosaur Footprint: Clayton Lake State Park

Thomas Mabry

(Wikipedia) Thomas Jewett Mabry (October 17, 1884, Carlisle County, Kentucky – December 23, 1962, Albuquerque, New Mexico) was a New Mexico politician and judge, who was Chief Justice of the New Mexico Supreme Court (1939–46) and the 14th Governor of New Mexico (1947–51).
Mabry attended the University of Oklahoma and the University of New Mexico School of Law.
He settled in Clovis, New Mexico, where he practiced law and published the local newspaper. He was a member of the New Mexico Constitutional Convention in 1910. Continued

Monday, October 15, 2018

What kind of shack?

Section house? Quay County, New Mexico
This old shack seems an unusual structure for the region. It doesn't look like a homesteaders house (though many of them were quite modest), nor does it look like a typical outbuilding.
The yellow paint, the round hole on the front, which would have contained a steel plate to insulate the building from the stovepipe, both say railroad to me.
I'm tempted to believe it may have been left over from the old Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railroad, which was very close by. It may have been a "section shack," (also known as a section house), a small building where track maintenance workers kept their tools, lunches, and the such, now repurposed for ranch use, much like the old freight cars that dot the area.
It sits just east of Tucumcari, a road or two down from Route 66, not far from Old House 137.

Sunday, October 14, 2018

US lacks Latino historical sites and landmarks, scholars say

Tejano Unionist
GLORIETA PASS, N.M. — A makeshift memorial to Hispanic Civil War Union soldiers in an isolated part northern New Mexico is a typical representation of sites linked to U.S. Latino history: It’s shabby, largely unknown and at risk of disappearing.
… The memorial off Interstate 25 is 20 miles (32 kilometers) southeast of Santa Fe and was built by retired District Attorney Alfonso Sanchez. It has wooden saints and crude signs explaining a battle that has been called “the Gettysburg of the West.” Continued

Battle of Tres Castillos

(Wikipedia) The Battle of Tres Castillos, October 14-15, 1880, in Chihuahua State, Mexico resulted in the death of the Chiricahua Apache chieftain Victorio and the death or capture of most of his followers.
The battle ended Victorio's War, a 14-month long odyssey of fight and flight by the Apaches in southern New Mexico, western Texas, and Chihuahua.
Mexican Colonel Joaquin Terrazas and 260 men surrounded the Apache and killed 62 men, including Victorio, and 16 women and children, and captured 68 women and children. Three Mexicans were killed.
Victorio had little ammunition to resist the attack. Continued

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Conrad Richter

( Conrad Michael Richter, (born Oct. 13, 1890, Pine Grove, Pa., U.S.—died Oct. 30, 1968, Pottsville, Pa.), American short-story writer and novelist known for his lyrical fiction about early America.
As a young man, Richter did odd jobs and at age 19 became the editor of the Patton (Pennsylvania) Courier. He then worked as a reporter and founded a juvenile magazine that he liquidated before moving to New Mexico in 1928.
In an era when many American writers steeped themselves in European culture, Richter was fascinated with American history, and he spent years researching frontier life. Continued

Country Churches: Saint Inez

Santa Inez, Puerto de Luna, New Mexico