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Near Deming in Luna County, New Mexico — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Carlotta Thompkins Thurmond

"Lottie Deno"

— (1844-1934) —

 
 
Carlotta Thompkins Thurmond Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Kirchner, August 11, 2018
1. Carlotta Thompkins Thurmond Marker
Inscription.  This is a two-sided marker
Front Side:
Immortalized in literature and film, Kentucky native Carlotta Thurmond was the inspiration for Miss Kitty on television’s “Gunsmoke.” Having toured Europe’s best gambling houses as a child with her father, in Texas she called herself “Lottie Deno,” a play on “lotta dinero.” Fellow gamblers said she had ice water in her veins, yet when she moved to Kingston, New Mexico, she left many belongings for the needy. She gave up gambling upon moving in 1882 from Silver City to Deming where she co-founded St. Luke’s Episcopal Church.

Back Side:
New Mexico Historic Women Marker Initiative

The New Mexico Historic Women Marker Initiative was founded in 2005 by members of the New Mexico Women's Forum in a statewide effort to recognize women's contributions to New Mexico history on the state's Official Scenic Historic Markers. The Initiative ensures that women's diverse histories will be remembered and told, and will inspire and provide a guide for future generations. The 2006 Legislature funded the project.
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Erected by New Mexico Historic Preservation Division.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Women. In addition, it is included in the New Mexico Women’s Historic Marker Initiative series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1882.
 
Location. 32° 29.717′ N, 107° 58.75′ W. Marker is near Deming, New Mexico, in Luna County. Marker can be reached from U.S. 180 at milepost 144.7, on the right when traveling south. Marker is in rest stop. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Deming NM 88030, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 4 other markers are within 13 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. First Road to Southern California (approx. 0.4 miles away); City of Rocks State Park (approx. 6.3 miles away); Wind Power! (approx. 6.4 miles away); The Death of Mangas Coloradas (approx. 12.2 miles away).
 
<i>Back Side:</i> Carlotta Thompkins Thurmond Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Kirchner, August 11, 2018
2. Back Side: Carlotta Thompkins Thurmond Marker
Carlotta Thompkins Thurmond Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Kirchner, August 11, 2018
3. Carlotta Thompkins Thurmond Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 18, 2018. It was originally submitted on August 16, 2018, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 312 times since then and 9 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on August 16, 2018, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona.

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