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."
Friday, June 22, 2018
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
|British West Florida (Wikipedia)|
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
|Mural honoring Bob Wills in Roy, New Mexico (Sixgun Siding)|
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
(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
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
|Diego Rivera and Frida (Kahlo)|
by Carl Van Vechten (LoC)
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
Saturday, June 16, 2018
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, Jesse Colter, Rosalynn Carter (Library of Congress)|
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
Thursday, June 14, 2018
Photo: Kruger Flag on Goat Hill, Raton, NM 1911 (Mil's Place)