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Rear of the Caballo Mountains Marker image, Touch for more information
By Bill Kirchner, July 21, 2011
Rear of the Caballo Mountains Marker
New Mexico (Sierra County), Caballo — Caballo Mountains
To the east beyond Caballo Reservoir are the rugged Caballo Mountains, uplifted about 3 miles above the downdropped Río Grande trough, along the fault scarp at the edge of the mountains. Lowest slopes are ancient granites. Black ironstone beds are . . . — Map (db m45107) HM
New Mexico (Sierra County), Hillsboro — Ebin (Eben) Stanley14 February 1844-19 November 1904 — Indian Wars Campaign Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient
Near this spot lie the unidentified remains of an American Hero, Ebin Stanley, born Decatur County, Iowa. Ebin served with the 3rd and 5th U.S. Cavalry from 1861 to 1873. Variously described as a rancher, miner, hotel operator, Indian Scout, and . . . — Map (db m62894) HM WM
New Mexico (Sierra County), Hillsboro — HillsboroHistoric District
Hillsboro was founded in the 1870’s after gold and silver was discovered in the surrounding Black Range. The town developed into an important mining and ranching center, and served as the Sierra County seat from 1884 to 1939. It was the site of . . . — Map (db m38207) HM
New Mexico (Sierra County), Hillsboro — James McNally1839 - 1904
Near this spot lie the unidentified remains of a true American hero. Born in Ireland in 1839, James McNally served in the 3rd and 8th US Cavalry from 1858 to 1883. He was wounded during the Civil War Battle of Valverde, NM. 21 February 1862. After . . . — Map (db m38209) HM
New Mexico (Sierra County), Hillsboro — Miller Drug Store
Built in 1879, this building has been a mercantile, pharmacy, grocery, post office and telephone exchange. Site No. 1304 A Registered Cultural Property State of New Mexico — Map (db m38296) HM
New Mexico (Sierra County), Hillsboro — Mormon Battalion Historical Marker
"History may be searched in vain for an equal march of infantry" Lt. Col. Cooke The Mormon Battalion, of some 500 men marched through this area during November of 1846. The march covered over 2000 miles from Council Bluffs, Iowa to San . . . — Map (db m38297) HM
New Mexico (Sierra County), Hillsboro — Percha Creek
Built in 1927, this historic Warren deck truss bridge spans Percha Creek, cutting through an impassable but beautiful gorge below. The bridge was constructed during a difficult project to build the Black Range Highway, now NM 152. This structure has . . . — Map (db m38208) HM
New Mexico (Sierra County), Hillsboro — Sadie Orchard(1860 - 1943)
Arriving in the silver mining boomtown of Kingston in 1886, Sadie Jane Creech Orchard is arguably the most colorful woman in New Mexico history. Sadie opened brothels, worked as a prostitute, built and operated hotels, restaurants, and co-owned and . . . — Map (db m97441) HM
New Mexico (Sierra County), Lake Valley — Lake ValleyNational Back Country Byway — From Riches to Ruins
Why is it called Lake Valley? The town was originally located north of here, and during the 1870's derived its name from nearby relic lake beds. At that time it was just a small stage stop. That location was flooded, and the small settlement was . . . — Map (db m97440) HM
New Mexico (Sierra County), Truth or Consequences — Elephant Butte Dam
Pueblo Indians irrigated and farmed the Rio Grande Valley for several hundred years before the Spaniards arrived and continued the tradition. Built between 1910-1916, Elephant Butte Dam when completed was the world's largest irrigation reservoir. It . . . — Map (db m45125) HM
New Mexico (Sierra County), Truth or Consequences — Elephant Butte Lake State Park
Situated beside the huge, 36,000-acre Elephant Butte Reservoir, this is one of the largest and most popular parks in New Mexico. It combines boating, waterskiing, fishing and other water-based sports with land activities such as camping, picnicking, . . . — Map (db m45110) HM
New Mexico (Sierra County), Truth or Consequences — Magnolia Ellis, “Magnificent Magnolia”(1893-1974)
(front) Magnolia Ellis was a healer with a special gift. She opened a clinic in Hot Springs, today's Truth or Consequences. Patients claimed to have a feeling of electricity when she touched them. Recognized by most notable doctors of the . . . — Map (db m45109) HM
New Mexico (Sierra County), Truth or Consequences — Truth or ConsequencesPopulation 7,289 – Elevation 4,576
In 1581, Capitán Francisco Sánchez Chamuscado took possession of this region for the King of Spain, naming it the Province of San Felipe. Significant European settlement of the area, however, did not occur until the mid-1800s. Once called Hot . . . — Map (db m45108) HM
New Mexico (Sierra County), Truth or Consequences — Truth or ConsequencesElevation 4,576 ft.
In 1581, Capitan Franciso Sanchez Chamuscado took possession of this region for the King of Spain naming it Ojo de Zoquete (mud spring) in the province of San Felipe. Native Americans first used these springs for healing; in early 20th century, . . . — Map (db m45122) HM

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