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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.
Photographed 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.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansAgricultureSettlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1908.
 
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. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Hagerman NM 88232, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 4 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
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(approx. 7.8 miles away); Roswell Prisoner of War Camp (approx. 10.8 miles away); Artesia (approx. 14.2 miles away).
 
Also see . . .  Blackdom - "Colores". This youtube video tells the story of Blackdom. (Submitted on June 10, 2012.) 
 
<i>Back of </i>Blackdom Townsite Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed 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.
Blackdom Townsite Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Kirchner, May 3, 2012
3. Blackdom Townsite Marker
Blackdom Townsite Marker and Rest Stop Structure image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Jennifer W., July 17, 2021
4. Blackdom Townsite Marker and Rest Stop Structure
The rest stop has very unique shade structures that helps it to be identified.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 21, 2021. It was originally submitted on June 8, 2012, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 1,887 times since then and 160 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on June 8, 2012, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona.   4. submitted on July 21, 2021, by Jennifer W. of Las Cruces, New Mexico. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.

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