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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Sierra County, New Mexico

 
Clickable Map of Sierra County, New Mexico and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil; HMdb.org; J.J.Prats/dc:title> https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Usa_counties_large.svg Sierra County, NM (16) Catron County, NM (11) Doña Ana County, NM (57) Grant County, NM (40) Lincoln County, NM (65) Luna County, NM (23) Otero County, NM (20) Socorro County, NM (38)  SierraCounty(16) Sierra County (16)  CatronCounty(11) Catron County (11)  DoñaAnaCounty(57) Doña Ana County (57)  GrantCounty(40) Grant County (40)  LincolnCounty(65) Lincoln County (65)  LunaCounty(23) Luna County (23)  OteroCounty(20) Otero County (20)  SocorroCounty(38) Socorro County (38)
Truth or Consequences is the county seat for Sierra County
Adjacent to Sierra County, New Mexico
      Catron County (11)  
      Doña Ana County (57)  
      Grant County (40)  
      Lincoln County (65)  
      Luna County (23)  
      Otero County (20)  
      Socorro County (38)  
 
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1New 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
2New Mexico (Sierra County), Engle — Jornada del Muerto
This section of the Camino Real is called the Jornada del Muerto or Deadman’s Journey after the tragic fate of German trader Bernardo Gruber, El Alemán. In 1670 the Inquisition accused him of witchcraft. He escaped and attempted to cross ninety . . . Map (db m187520) HM
3New 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
4New 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
5New 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
6New 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 MexicoMap (db m38296) HM
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7New 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
8New 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
9New 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
10New 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
11New 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
12New 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
13New Mexico (Sierra County), Truth or Consequences — Fort McRae 1863-1876
Located on the east side of Elephant Butte Lake, the fort was named for Captain Alexander McRae, who died in the Civil War battle of Valverde, New Mexico, February 1862. Garrisoned over time by units of the New Mexico Volunteers, California . . . Map (db m159034) HM
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14New 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
15New 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
16New 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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Dec. 6, 2022