The Trinity Site — Day One, double sunrise

Black and white photo of the Ground Zero tower, displayed along the north fence.Photo by Jim Reed Day One of the Atomic Age, I imagine during the eighty mile drive from Alamogordo to Trinity Site, New Mexico, was much like today except for the early morning rain postponing the experiment from 4:00 to 5:30 a.m. Darkness filled the elongated valley bordered by mountains of hard granite, solidified lava flows and eroded mesas. The rain was undoubtedly welcomed by the sparse […] Read more »

The Butterfield Overland Mail — stitching the country together

On a time line, the two and one-half year operation (1857-1861) of the Butterfield Overland Mail was but a  flash in the history of transportation in the United States.  But this short-lived operation captured and held the imagination of Americans because it stitched together the growing country from sea to sea. Map of Butterfield Mail Stage Route.  To test the system, a mailbag was transferred from Tipton, Missouri to San Francisco, California in 24 days. Read more »

Santa Rita — the town that vanished into thin air

The mine encroaching on Santa Rita, circa 1915. Photo courtesy Silver City Museum "The Santa Rita is, perhaps, the most famous mine in Western America, for it was here that the techniques of copper mining were first developed in the Southwest." So wrote Carey McWilliams in his 1949 book, North From Mexico. Santa Rita - some 15 miles east of Silver City, site of today’s mine and yesterday’s town - is in a region of greasewood flatlands, of yucca patches […] Read more »

Mogollon News — The Libyan Invasion

Mogollon You can tell it’s spring. Flowers are blooming. Birds are singing. Days are getting longer. And the wind is blowing. Armand Tremolo stepped out for a breath of air the other day. However, the air in the vicinity happened to be moving about seventy miles per hour. Unbeknownst to Armand, at the very moment he was perusing the world famous Mogollon skyline, the fragrant spring breeze was removing the cap from his stovepipe. Read more »

Mogollon News — The Balloon

Mogollon This past weekend, Armand Tremolo received a visit by his niece, Martina Solari, and her nine children, of Tucson. Armand, at fifty-seven, has never married. There are no children currently living in Mogollon. Armand is not used to kids. Things generally went all right, however, till Martina realized she had forgotten to bring an extra box of pampers. She took the baby with her. The oldest girl, Natalie, rode along too, to get in a talk with her mother. […] Read more »

Mogollon News — Politics

Mogollon The Bloated Goat Saloon closed for the season Thursday before Memorial Day. Some folks might think it contrary to shut down a public establishment just when tourist traffic is picking up. Some folks don’t know Jim and Melissa Farnsworth, the proprietors. According to Jim and Melissa, the Bloated Goat just is not big enough to accommodate the number of people who would want to use it in summer. There is not enough space for parking either. This may be […] Read more »

Mogollon News — Winter

Mogollon It is winter in Mogollon, and in winter it becomes readily apparent why Mogollon is a ghost town. At last measurement, the snow on the shady side of the street was eighteen feet deep. This measurement was taken by having Joe Malloney, who is six feet tall, stand with a surveyor’s stick on his head. Unfortunately, Joe froze stiff, and while the local rescue crew was digging him out, the surveyor’s stick got lost in the snow. It is […] Read more »

Mogollon News — Silver Creek Temperance Society

Mogollon Twenty-six people attended the annual meeting of the Silver Creek Temperance Society. That is more than the resident population, let alone nondrinkers. And two of those present did appear to have been exhumed for the occasion. Elvira Sonderfeld hosted the event, as usual. Her cooking undoubtedly drew the crowd. Everyone was on their best behavior too because liquor makes the bears ornery. Perhaps some history is in order here: Elvira inherited the Mogollon Rooming House in the great flu […] Read more »

Mogollon News — Introduction: The Road to Mogollon

The road to Mogollon The road to Mogollon is justly notorious. It is not a bad road…not especially rough. And it has been worked on recently. It is not even all that steep. (At least some of it isn’t.) However, with the exception of one flat stretch over the top of Whitewater Mesa a third of the way up, all of it is a grade. And all of it is narrow and twisty, with solid rock straight up on one […] Read more »

Mogollon News — Ice

The Road to Mogollon This winter, Joe Malloney decided to go into the ice business. He was well situated with the creek handy and some tanks on the shady side of the street. There was even an abandoned mine behind his house he could use for storage. Ice looked like just the sort of business he could do pretty well in: Low capital investment. - Just a saw to cut it into hundred pound chunks. He welded up a set […] Read more »