Trail ride fulfills dream and renews family’s faith in humanity

The Baca family riding into Magdalena Photo by Jacky Barrington It was Cruz Baca’s dream. Having grown up in the Riley area, then living around the high country, he wanted to ride the Rio Salado from its beginning all the way to Riley. Coming into Magdalena, New Mexico on horseback in time for the Old Timers’ Reunion was an added incentive. “We tried it last year but just couldn’t get it together.” Baca said. This year the family started planning […] Read more »

Magdalena — watched over by Mary Magdalene

Cattle made from recycled materials relax by the Rodeo Grounds. Photo by Kelly D. Gatlin Magdalena has seen it all. From the days of lead, zinc and silver mining in the 1880s and cattle shipping when the railroad spur from Socorro reached the town in 1884 to test missies flying overhead, Magdalena has grown and shrunk and grown again. One of the largest shipping centers west of Chicago, Magdalena was known as the Trail’s End of the livestock driveway from […] Read more »