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Los Alamos in Los Alamos County, New Mexico — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

William Mackwood Hopper

Los Alamos Homestead Tour

 

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By Cosmos Mariner, May 24, 2015
1. William Mackwood Hopper Marker
Inscription.  
William Mackwood Hopper
Homestead Entry: August 1908
Harold H. Brook
Purchase: 1914
Los Alamos Ranch School
Purchase: 1917

William Mackwood Hopper met Harold Brook when they both lived in Santa Fe. In August 1908, four days after Brook applied for homestead entry here, Hopper applied for an adjacent 130-acre homestead. Hopper seems to have grown tired of homestead life on the plateau. He and Brook received patent on the same day, March 6, 1914. Hopper immediately sold his holdings to Brook and left New Mexico. Brook, whose tuberculosis continued to plague him, often remarked that he missed Mack terribly because he helped with the work when Brook was too ill to handle it. Part of the chimney of Hopper's cabin still stands behind the Los Alamos Historical Museum, the only remaining remnant of Harold Brook's Los Alamos Ranch, his experimental high-altitude farming complex.
 
Erected by County of Los Alamos, Fuller Lodge/Historic Districts Advisory Board, and Los Alamos Historic Society.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Settlements & Settlers
Marker detail: William Mackwood Hopper image. Click for full size.
Los Alamos Historical Society Archives
2. Marker detail: William Mackwood Hopper
Mackwood Hopper, visiting Los Alamos in 1951, stands beside the chimney he built for his homestead cabin in 1908.
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Location. 35° 52.957′ N, 106° 18.092′ W. Marker is in Los Alamos, New Mexico, in Los Alamos County. Marker can be reached from Juniper Street just west of 19th Street. Marker is located along the walkway just north of the Los Alamos Historical Museum. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2132 Central Avenue, Los Alamos NM 87544, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Harold H. Brook (here, next to this marker); Albert J. Connell (here, next to this marker); Homesteading on the Pajarito Plateau, 1887-1942 (a few steps from this marker); Martha Brook (a few steps from this marker); The Romero Cabin (a few steps from this marker); Manhattan Project Era (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Los Alamos National Laboratory Today (approx. 0.2 miles away); Ice House Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Los Alamos.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Los Alamos Historical Walking Tour
 
Also see . . .  Figures In New Mexico History: Mackwood Hopper. Hopper was born in 1871 on a farm in Yorkshire, England. He emigrated to the United States in 1893, entering through Ellis Island. In his first years he worked as a lumberjack, a miner, and a construction worker, eventually making his way to Oregon.
Marker detail: property map image. Click for full size.
3. Marker detail: property map
By early 1908 Hopper was in Illinois, but soon he was wandering westward again, headed for California. His route took him to Santa Fe, and there he met a man named Harold Brook who was filing for available homestead land on the Pajarito Plateau. Brook made the farming possibilities look good, and Hopper decided to stay. (Submitted on September 24, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
William Mackwood Hopper Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, May 24, 2015
4. William Mackwood Hopper Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 25, 2020. It was originally submitted on September 23, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 51 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on September 24, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.
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