Near Tatum in Lea County, New Mexico — The American Mountains (Southwest)
Lea County Cowgirls
Dessie Sawyer (1897-1990)
—Fern Sawyer (1917-1993) —
Front of Marker
Dessie Sawyer was a rancher, philanthropist and political activist. Her work with community and charitable organizations advanced her into politics. She became the National Committee Woman of New Mexico's Democratic Party. Her advocacy of the western way of life was recognized by her induction into the National Cowgirl Hall of Fame in 1981.
Back of Marker
Dessie's daughter, Fern Sawyer, became a celebrity cowgirl. She was the first woman to win the National Cutting Horse world title. She also became the first woman appointed to the State Fair Commission and the State Racing Commission. She was inducted into the National Cowgirl Hall of Fame in 1976.
Erected by New Mexico Historic Preservation Division.
Location. 33° 15.422′ N, 103° 14.835′ W. Marker is near Tatum, New Mexico, in Lea County. Marker is on U.S. 380 at milepost 231, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Tatum NM 88267, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 1 other marker is within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Dallas Cash Grocery (approx. 4.1 miles away).
Categories. • Notable Persons • Women •
Credits. This page was last revised on April 18, 2018. This page originally submitted on May 6, 2014, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 379 times since then and 39 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on May 6, 2014, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.