Saturday, September 22, 2018

Free fishing day in New Mexico Today

Fishing Calaveras by Jose Pulido
(Santa Fe New Mexican) You can fish for free in New Mexico on Saturday without a license as part of Celebrate National Hunting and Fishing Day.
Residents and nonresidents can fish public waters statewide, but all other fishing rules apply, said the state Department of Game and Fish. Continued

William Walters

(Wikipedia) William Walters, also known as "Bronco Bill" (1869 - 1933?) was an outlaw during the closing days of the Old West. He is best known for the legend of his "lost treasure", allegedly located in the area of Solomonville, Arizona.
Bill Walters was born in Fort Sill, in Oklahoma Territory. He worked most of his youth as a cowboy, then began working for the Santa Fe Railroad as a section hand. Shortly after becoming employed by the railroad, Walters became involved in train robberies and the robberies of stagecoaches.
He began riding with the Black Jack Ketchum Gang around 1893, where he is believed to have committed at least two murders.
He soon coaxed some of the gang members to leave with him, and form their own gang concentrating on the robbery of Wells Fargo shipments. It would be in this endeavor that he saw his greatest success. Continued

Friday, September 21, 2018

Reies Tijerina

(Wikipedia) Reies Lopez Tijerina (September 21, 1926 – January 19, 2015) led a struggle in the 1960s and 1970s to restore New Mexican land grants to the descendants of their Spanish colonial and Mexican owners.
As a vocal spokesman for the rights of Hispanics and Mexican Americans, he became a major figure of the early Chicano Movement ... Continued

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Texans fight at Chickamauga

A member of
Terry's Texas Rangers

(Texas Day by Day) On this day in 1863, the two-day battle of Chickamauga began, ending in one of the last great field victories for the Confederacy.
The first day's action, fought in densely wooded terrain, became a classic "soldier's battle" in which generalship counted for little and the outcome was decided by fierce small-unit encounters.
Texas units in the Georgia battle included Hood's Texas Brigade, Ector's Brigade, Deshler's Brigade, and Terry's Texas Rangers. Continued

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Simpson Stilwell

(Wikipedia) Simpson Everett Stilwell (August 18, 1850 – February 17, 1903) was a United States Army Scout, Deputy U.S. Marshal, police judge, and U.S. Commissioner in Oklahoma during the American Old West.
He served in Major George A. Forsyth's company of scouts when it was besieged during the Battle of Beecher Island by Indian Cheyenne Chief Roman Nose and was instrumental in bringing relief to the unit.
… In 1863, at 14 years old, Simpson's parents sent him to fetch water from the family well. He left for Kansas City instead, where he joined a wagon train bound for Santa Fe, New Mexico Territory. He traveled between New Mexico, Kansas City, and Leavenworth several times, spending the winters in New Mexico. Continued

Monday, September 17, 2018

Henry McCarty

(Wikipedia) ... Henry McCarty was born in New York City on September 17, 1859 to Catherine (née Devine) McCarty, and was baptized eleven days later in the Church of St. Peter. … Following the death of her husband, Catherine McCarty and her sons moved to Indianapolis, Indiana, where she met a man named William Henry Harrison Antrim. The McCarty family, along with Antrim, moved to Wichita, Kansas in 1870. After moving again a few years later, Catherine married Antrim on March 1, 1873 at the First Presbyterian Church in Santa Fe, New Mexico; both McCarty and his brother Joseph were witnesses. Shortly after, the family moved from Santa Fe to Silver City, New Mexico. Continued

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Cherokee Strip Land Rush

(Wikipedia) ... The Land Run itself began at noon on September 16, 1893, with an estimated 100,000 participants hoping to stake claim to part of the 6 million acres and 40,000 homesteads on what had formerly been Cherokee grazing land. It would be Oklahoma's fourth and largest land run. Continued

Friday, September 14, 2018

Ghost Towns You Can Own: 5 For Sale Right Now, and 5 That Sold

Cuervo, New Mexico is not on the list.
The median price for a home in this country is $279,500, according to Zillow. But you can spend less right now and live in your own town – all by yourself. Continued

George McJunkin

(Wikipedia) George McJunkin (1851–1922) was an African American cowboy, amateur archaeologist and historian in New Mexico. He discovered the Folsom Site in 1908.
Born to slaves in Midway, Texas, McJunkin was approximately 14 years old when the Civil War ended.
He worked as a cowboy for freighters. He reportedly learned how to read from fellow cow punchers. McJunkin taught himself to read, write, speak Spanish, play the fiddle and guitar, eventually becoming an amateur archaeologist and historian. In 1868, McJunkin arrived in New Mexico and became a foreman on the Thomas Owens Pitchford Ranch.
In later life McJunkin became a buffalo hunter and worked for several ranches in Colorado, New Mexico and Texas. He was also reported to be an expert bronc rider and one of the best ropers in the United States. He became foreman of the Crowfoot ranch near Folsom, New Mexico. Continued

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Lively Times at Fort Stanton

Officers' Quarters, Fort Stanton, New Mexico (Sixgun Siding)
(True West Magazine) Fort Stanton, was named for a captain of dragoons named Henry W. Stanton, who, in 1855 killed by Mescalero Apaches. The post, located on the Rio Bonito in the Capitan Mountains was established that same year to protect settlers in the area. It was also in the heart of Mescalero Apache country.
The fort was abandoned in 1861 at the outbreak of the Civil War, something that emboldened the Mescalero, the same as it did other Apache groups in the region. Continued

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Family Plot

First producing oil well in Texas comes in

Instead of traditional cable tool percussion drilling, Barret chose to use an auger fastened to a pipe and rotated by a steam-driven cogwheel — the basic principle of rotary drilling — which has been used ever since. - American Oil & Gas Historical Society
(TDbD) On this day in 1866, the first producing oil well in Texas came in at a depth of 106 feet at Oil Springs in Nacogdoches County. The Melrose Petroleum Oil Company, which had been organized in December 1865 by Lyne Taliaferro (Tol) Barret and four partners, began drilling in the summer of 1866.
Taliaferro, a Nacogdoches County merchant born in Virginia in 1832, had first contracted to lease 279 acres near Oil Springs in 1859, but the Civil War put a temporary halt to his exploration. The first well produced about ten barrels a day … Continued

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

D. H. Lawrence

(Wikipedia) David Herbert Richards Lawrence (11 September 1885 – 2 March 1930) was an English novelist, poet, playwright, essayist, literary critic and painter who published as D. H. Lawrence. His collected works, among other things, represent an extended reflection upon the dehumanizing effects of modernity and industrialization. In them, some of the issues Lawrence explores are emotional health, vitality, spontaneity and instinct.
... In 1935 Ravagli arranged, on Frieda's behalf, to have Lawrence's body exhumed and cremated and his ashes brought back to the ranch to be interred there in a small chapel amid the mountains of New Mexico. Continued

Monday, September 10, 2018

Country Churches: San Jon United Methodist

San Jon United Methodist Church, San Jon, New Mexico

The Battle of Lyman's Wagon Train

Painting by Frederic Remington
(The Handbook of Texas Online) … On the afternoon of September 10, Lyman, seeing that the situation was critical not only for his own men but for Miles's column, penned a formal message to the commander at Camp Supply, telling of his plight and requesting reinforcements.
In the meantime Tehan slipped away and went back to his adopted people. He probably advised the Kiowas to fortify the waterhole, and the besieged train endured nearly two days without sufficient water as the Indians, whom Lyman estimated to be nearly 400 in number, continued taking potshots at the whites. Continued