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Title: Settling Rapidly

Author(s): Unknown (Author)

Roosevelt County is growing fast and the Belen Cutoff is rapidly being completed.

The Santa Fe New Mexican, December 5, 1905 SETTLING RAPIDLY Roosevelt County Attractive to Many New Settlers—Fifty Miles of Cut-off Built. Roosevelt County is evidently one of the most rapidly growing sections of the Sunshine Territory an...

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Title: A Lot Of Our Neighbors Were The Original Homesteaders In That Area

Author(s): Dorothy Cole (Author); Shawn Kelley (Oral Historian); William Penner (Editor)

Dorothy Cole remembers the era of pinto bean farming around Mountainair in first half of the twentieth century.

A lot of our neighbors were the original homesteaders in that area. They stayed through the whole bean field thing. Bill Rogers, he and Vernie Wells, they lasted longer at dryland farming than anybody did, up until probably ’75 or ’76. After the ...

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Title: They Couldn’t Make Enough Money With The Cows That They Had

Author(s): Al Padilla and Joe Padilla (Author); Shawn Kelley (Oral Historian); William Penner (Editor)

Al and Joe Padilla describe being on their family’s homestead and the diverse ways people made a living.

Joe: See, my dad did all kinds of work. My dad worked for the railroad. He worked for that Sais Crusher, and also on construction of US 60 there. And the reason for that is because they couldn’t make enough money with the cows that they had. For so...

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Title: A Hundred And Fifty Dollars For A Section!

Author(s): Sylvestre Sisneros (Author); Shawn Kelley (Oral Historian); William Penner (Editor)

Sylvestre Sisneros talks about the way his family homesteaded south of Abo ruins during the Depression.

Okay, there was about five sections south of Abo near Chupadero Mesa that they couldn’t dispose of it under the original Homestead Act (which only allowed 160 acres), because the land didn’t have any water. It was good grazing, but it was far ou...

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Title: Settlement and Homesteading in East-Central New Mexico

Author(s): Southwest Crossroads Spotlight; William Penner

A brief history of settlement and homesteading in east-central New Mexico.

New Mexico’s population grew during the nineteenth century. Hispano families began to settle beyond the Rio Grande Valley and establish new villages. Some communities obtained land grants from the Spanish or Mexican governments; others settled with...

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Title: They Literally Danced All Night And Went Home In The Morning

Author(s): Richard Spencer (Author); Shawn Kelley (Oral Historian); William Penner (Editor)

Richard Spencer talks about how the community of Eastview functioned during his grandfather’s time and the importance of local churches and schools.

Shawn: What do you know about the community of Eastview or Cienegita or Cienega back in your grandfather’s time? What kind of community was it? Was it mostly a farming and ranching community with the mills there? Richard: Yeah, and again, if you...

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Title: The Railroad Made It, And The Railroad Destroyed It

Author(s): Bill Pohl (Author); Shawn Kelley (Oral Historian); William Penner (Editor)

The railroad is what made this country. It revolutionized the world, especially the United States, and every part of it, everywhere it went. Well, the people that were here before the railroad came, undoubtedly it made the world smaller for them, bu...

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Title: Scholle: A Portrait of a Railroad Community

Author(s): Southwest Crossroads Spotlight; William Penner

A brief history of Scholle, New Mexico, a railroad community on the Belen Cutoff.

Many communities in east-central New Mexico are relatively new when compared to those in the Rio Grande Valley and other parts of the state. When the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway constructed the Belen Cutoff, it opened an area for settleme...

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