The Apache Kid

Technorati Tags: The Apache Kid,people,southwest High in the San Mateo Mountains of the Cibola National Forest in New Mexico is Apache Kid Peak, and one mile northwest as the crow flies, at Cyclone Saddle, is the Apache Kid gravesite. The hiker who comes across the marked site in such a remote area may wonder who the Kid was, and perhaps will ask himself why, so far from the usual tourist attractions, such an elaborate memorial has been assembled. In the […] Read more »

José Chavez y Chavez — Hombre Muy Malo

Technorati Tags: person,people,history In the days of the Old West, New Mexico was home, at one time or another, to many of the more colorful desperadoes. The Clantons, William Bonney, Jesse Evans, William “Curley Bill” Brocius, Clay Allison, Doroteo “El Tigre” Sains, Tom “Black Jack” Ketchum, John “King of the Rustlers” Kinney, Jim Miller, and Johnny Ringo are a relatively small sample. Because of its remoteness and proximity to the Mexican border, Southern New Mexico attracted a large number of […] Read more »

Geronimo’s surrender — Skeleton Canyon, 1886

Technorati Tags: Apache,Geronimo,southwest,surrender,people,history On May 17, 1885, Mangus (son of Mangus Colorado), Chihuahua, Nachite, old Nana, the shaman Geronimo, and their followers fled the San Carlos reservation in Arizona in an attempt to regain the freedom they had known before the reservation system was instituted by the United States government. The restrictions of reservation life were difficult for these semi-nomads, and they longed for the openness of the land the Spaniards had called Apacheria. Although the Chiracahuas could not have […] Read more »

Columbus, New Mexico’s soiled doves

“Soiled Dove”. Photo courtesy Bill Kelly. From the Ringo Kid’s girlfriend Claire in Stagecoach, through Miss Kitty in television’s Gunsmoke, to the waif-like Diane Lane in Lonesome Dove the prostitute has been among the more enduring images of the literary and cinematic West. She was called “soiled dove”, “shady lady”, “fallen woman,” “lost sister”, “saloon belle”, and a host of other appellations. She was quite simply the ubiquitous whore, and her portrait has been painted on many different canvases and […] Read more »

The LC Ranch — Cattle Baron of the Gila

Gila River Valley. Photo by Carla DeMarco   By It has been written that behind every great personal fortune lies a crime, and there is probably no better illustration of that adage than the cattle empires of the Old West. New Mexico’s territorial days offer a number of such illustrations, but perhaps none better than the story of the Lyons and Campbell Ranch and Cattle Company of the Gila River country and beyond. Angus Campbell, a Scotsman, came to New […] Read more »

The Death of Pat Garret

Pat Garrett, taken when he was Sheriff of Dona Ana County. Photo courtesy the State Records Center and Archives, Santa Fe.   On March 1, 1908, while on his way to Las Cruces, New Mexico’s most famous lawman was shot and killed near Alameda Arroyo on the Mail-Scott Road. Garrett was riding in a buggy with Carl Adamson, one of two partners who were prospective buyers for Bear Canyon Ranch , property Garrett had been trying to sell. About four […] Read more »

Skeleton Canyon — Echoes of Bugle, War Cry and Gunfire

Marker on Highway 80 south of Rodeo near Apache,just north of Skeleton Canyon Road   Located in New Mexico’s remote boot heel region, Skeleton Canyon begins in the Peloncillo Mountains on the western edge of the Animas Valley and heads northwest by west to a point where about seven rugged miles later, it meets its south fork in nearby Arizona. Tradition has it that the canyon, called Cañon Bonita by the Mexicans, takes it name from the ambush of a […] Read more »