Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Grain Elevator: Hart, Texas

Dreaming of You

(Wikipedia) Dreaming of You is the fifth and final studio album by American singer Selena. Released posthumously on July 18, 1995 by EMI Latin and EMI Records, it was an immediate commercial and critical success, debuting atop the United States Billboard 200—the first predominately Spanish-language album to do so. It sold 175,000 copies on its first day of release in the U.S.—a then-record for a female vocalist. Continued

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Arthur Rothstein

Perhaps Rothstein's most famous photo, and an icon of the Dust Bowl:
 a farmer and his two sons during a dust storm in Cimarron County, Oklahoma, 1936
(Wikipedia) Arthur Rothstein (July 17, 1915 – November 11, 1985) was an American photographer. Rothstein is recognized as one of America’s premier photojournalists. During a career that spanned five decades, he provoked, entertained and informed the American people. His photographs ranged from a hometown baseball game to the drama of war, from struggling rural farmers to US Presidents. Continued

Monday, July 16, 2018

Battle of Lincoln

Alexander McSween

(Wikipedia) The Battle of Lincoln, New Mexico, was a five-day-long firefight between civilians that took place from July 15–19, 1878 in Lincoln, New Mexico.
It was the largest armed battle of the Lincoln County War and the climax of that civilian conflict in the New Mexico Territory.
The firefight was interrupted and suppressed by United States Cavalry led by Lt. Col. Nathan Dudley from Fort Stanton. Continued

Sunday, July 15, 2018

The Battle of Turkey Creek Canyon: Ketchum Gang Vs. A Cimarron Sheriff’s Posse

Elzy Lay
Elzy Lay
(True West) Three suspected train robbers are in camp at their remote hide-out at Turkey Creek Canyon in New Mexico Territory.
Tipped off by a sighting (and a snitch), a seven-man posse out of Cimarron rides to the stronghold and dismounts when campfire smoke is spotted curling up through the trees.
The posse members get into position: three lawmen climb a ridge left of the camp and the other four deploy up the north side of the creek bottom. A half-dressed outlaw, Elzy Lay, comes into their view. With a canteen in his hand, Lay approaches a pool of water in the nearly dry creek bottom. Continued

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Davis Mercantile

Davis Mercantile and Post Office Milnesand, New Mexico
Milnesand, New Mexico

Owen Wister and Cowboy Culture

(Library of Congress) Novelist Owen Wister was born in Germantown, Pennsylvania, on July 14, 1860. His 1902 novel The Virginian helped create the myth of the American cowboy.
Reared and educated on the east coast, Wister first visited the West in 1885. Set in Medicine Bow, Wyoming, The Virginian‘s tender romance between a refined Eastern schoolteacher and a rough-and-tumble cowhand, with its climactic pistol gunfight, introduced themes now standard to the American Western. Continued

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Bisbee Deportation

Bisbee Deportation 1917
(Wikipedia) The Bisbee Deportation was the illegal kidnapping and deportation of about 1,300 striking mine workers, their supporters, and citizen bystanders by 2,000 members of a deputized posse on July 12, 1917. The action was orchestrated by Phelps Dodge, the major mining company in the area, which provided lists of workers and others who were to be arrested in Bisbee, Arizona. The arrested were first held at a local baseball park before being loaded onto cattle cars and deported 200 miles (320 km) to Tres Hermanas in New Mexico. The 16-hour journey was through desert without food or water.
... The Governor of New Mexico, in consultation with President Woodrow Wilson, provided temporary housing for the deportees. A presidential mediation commission investigated the actions, and in its final report, described the deportation as "wholly illegal and without authority in law, either State or Federal." Continued

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Old House 136

abandoned homestead Milnesand, New Mexico
Milnesand, New Mexico

The other "Black Jack"

(Legends of America) … In New Mexico, George Musgrave, Bob Hayes and Code Young were all working as cowboys on ranches near Roswell, New Mexico when, after a while, the three drifted on down the line, taking jobs in southeastern Arizona Territory where they met Black Jack Christian and his brother Bob.
With all having outlaw inclinations, the men soon formed the High Fives Gang, named after a popular card game of the time. Continued

Monday, July 9, 2018

Alexander Doniphan

(Wikipedia) … In 1846, at the beginning of the Mexican–American War Doniphan was commissioned as Colonel of the 1st Regiment of Missouri Mounted Volunteers, and served in several campaigns, including General Stephen W. Kearny's capture of Santa Fe and an invasion of northern Mexico (present day northern New Mexico).
After Santa Fe was secure, Kearny left Doniphan in charge in New Mexico, and departed towards California on September 25, 1846. Doniphan's orders were to wait until General Sterling Price arrived with the Second Missouri Mounted Volunteers, who were coming from Fort Leavenworth, Kansas; after they arrived he was to lead them to Chihuahua via El Paso, Texas. They were to link up with the Brigadier General John E. Wool, who was moving southwest from San Antonio, Texas toward Guerrero and Monclova, Coahuila, to attack Monterrey, Nuevo León from the west. Kearny had known that the Navajo people were going on the war path.
With the Spanish gone, the Navajos wanted to test these new American soldiers; hence, as Doniphan waited for Price, the Navajos mounted a raid and kidnapped 20 Mexican families. Continued

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Country Churches: Milnesand Baptist

Milnesand, New Mexico

Joe Mauldin

(Wikipedia) Joseph Benson Mauldin, Jr. (July 8, 1940 – February 7, 2015) was an American double-bassist, songwriter and audio engineer, best known as the double-bassist and an original member of rock and roll group The Crickets.
... Born in Lubbock, Texas, Mauldin became the bassist in the group The Crickets, which included Buddy Holly and drummer Jerry Allison and guitarist Niki Sullivan. The first rock band he played in was The Four Teens of Lubbock in 1955.
He appears to have recorded with this group (that included the recording artist Terry Noland) in Dallas, prior to his recording with Buddy Holly in Clovis, NM. Continued

Saturday, July 7, 2018

The Fairbank Train Robbery

Jeff Milton

(True West) The railroad arrived in what became Fairbank in 1881.
It was the closest rail link to the boom town of Tombstone which was at the time one of the largest cities in the West
The train station was the scene of a sensational attempted train robbery on February 15th, 1900 by five outlaws led by Three-Finger Jack Dunlap and Bravo Juan Yoas, all members of the Burt Alvord gang. Continued

Friday, July 6, 2018

Seeking a rebirth for the mother road

(Santa Fe New Mexican) … Still, as vacationers hit the highways this summer, public interest in Route 66 is surprisingly high.
The National Trust for Historic Preservation named Route 66 to its list of America’s 11 most endangered historic places of 2018. Calling it endangered is a compliment, considering that the government wrote off the highway three decades ago.
Another advocacy group, the Route 66 Road Ahead Partnership, is lobbying for a bill in Congress to designate the highway as a national historic trail. Continued