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Near Hagerman in Chaves County, New Mexico — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Blackdom Townsite

 
 
Blackdom Townsite Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, May 3, 2012
1. Blackdom Townsite Marker
Inscription. West of this location stood the now abandoned community of Blackdom. The community was founded circa 1908 by Francis Marion Boyer and his wife Ella. Several dozen African American families homesteaded nearly 15,000 acres of land and built a self-sustaining community that boasted a general store and a Baptist Church. Officially platted in 1920, the community was eventually abandoned due to continued problems with irrigation from the distant Pecos River.
 
Erected by New Mexico Historic Preservation Division.
 
Location. 33° 5.808′ N, 104° 26.557′ W. Marker is near Hagerman, New Mexico, in Chaves County. Marker is on U.S. 285 at milepost 88, on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Hagerman NM 88232, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 3 other markers are within 15 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Rio Felix Bridge (approx. 6.6 miles away); Civilian Conservation Corps (approx. 7.8 miles away); Artesia (approx. 14.2 miles away).
 
Also see . . .
1. Blackdom. The most famous all-Black community in New Mexico was Blackdom. It was a modest town on the plains of the New Mexico and was the first all-Black
<i>Back of </i>Blackdom Townsite Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, May 3, 2012
2. Back of Blackdom Townsite Marker
Points of Interest
New Mexico's Historic Markers typically have a map on the back side showing the location of other OSHM's. This is an excellent source of information when exploring for other Historical Markers and locations.
settlement in the New Mexico territory and had its inception at the end of the 19th century. The town was located 18 miles southwest of Roswell.
(Submitted on June 10, 2012.) 

2. Blackdom - "Colores". This youtube video tells the story of Blackdom. (Submitted on June 10, 2012.) 
 
Categories. African AmericansAgricultureSettlements & Settlers
 
Blackdom Townsite Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, May 3, 2012
3. Blackdom Townsite Marker
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 702 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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