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Title: A Mexican War

Author(s): Captain William French (Author); Recollections of a Western Ranchman

Recollections of ranching in southwestern New Mexico, near the town of Alma, 1883-1899.

After Thanksgiving we settled down to our usual routine. Things were going along smoothly when one afternoon we were startled by a messenger from our friends at the SU (ranch). This man brought word that there was trouble between the Mexicans and the...

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Title: A Tenderfoot on the Road

Source(s): Recollections of a Western Ranchman

Author(s): Captain William French (Author)

Recollections of ranching in southwestern New Mexico, near the town of Alma, 1883-1899.

The driver entertained me during the trip with stories of Indians. When he heard that I was going to Alma, he said that all that section had been raided in 1880 by the Apaches under Victorio and a number of people had been killed. On my asking if the...

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Title: Horse-Breaking

Source(s): Recollections of a Western Ranchman; Horse-Breaking and Cattle-Rustling

Author(s): Captain William French (Author)

Recollections of ranching in southwestern New Mexico, near the town of Alma, 1883-1899.

When I got down, there were two or three [horses] in the corral in various phases of being roped and saddled with their prospective riders attending to them. The rest of the outfit were seated on the gate or in its neighborhood, and amongst them I re...

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Title: The Wild Bunch

Source(s): Recollections of a Western Ranchman

Author(s): Captain William French (Author)

The search for Butch Cassidy, alias Jim Lowe, trail boss and fugitive from justice.

During the interview he drew a photograph out of his pocket and handed it to me to look at. It was somewhat faded, and he must have been carrying it round with him for a considerable time, so I took it over to the window to examine it. There were thr...

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Title: Alma

Author(s): N.H. Thorp (WPA Field Writer)

A colorful description of the area around Alma, NM, in the 1880s and 1890s with ranchers, foreign newcomers, US troops, and Navajo scouts.

The town of Alma lies in western Catron County, New Mexico, has a population of seventy-five, and is at an elevation of forty-nine hundred feet. It is twenty-five miles on the San Francisco River south of Reserve, N.M., and between the Mogollon and S...

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Title: Dear Brother

Source(s): Columbus, NM: Queen of the Mimbres Valley

Author(s): Mrs. Sarah Hoover (Author); Ray Sherdell Page (Author)

A letter dated March 12, 1916, from a resident of Columbus, New Mexico, to her brother in Kansas, describing Pancho Villa’s raid on the town.

Dear Brother: We have had a most terrible battle here and we were all in the thickest of it. The bullets all came through the windows, they could not penetrate the adobe walls, but went through both walls of the hall and dining room and into Will...

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Title: The Taking of San Joaquin, October 1966

Source(s): They Called Me “King Tiger”: My Struggle for the Land and Our Rights

Author(s): Reies López Tijerina (Author); José Gutiérrez (Translator)

In the 1960s, Reies Lopez Tijerina organized northern New Mexico villagers as descendants of original land grantees in a series of protests and demonstrations to recover their rights to the land.

That the government would question the right of the people to their land was a cruel and unjust violation of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo. I now sought to open a new door to the halls of justice. When Ed Stanton fought for the grant in Socorro, he...

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Title: Mangas Coloradas

Source(s): Whitewater Gila; Gila Descending: A Southwestern Journey

Author(s): M. H. Salmon (Author)

A contemporary reflection on Mangas Coloradas and how the Apaches encountered General Kearney’s Army in 1846.

In 1846 General Kearney's Army of the West traveled the length of the Gila River on the way to the conquest of California, part of the American government's self-made Mexican War. Lt. William Emory was the scribe and natural historian of the party. K...

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