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By Bill Kirchner, May 3, 2012
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New Mexico (Chaves County), Hagerman — Blackdom Townsite
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 . . . — Map (db m56143) HM
New Mexico (Chaves County), Hagerman — Rio Felix Bridge
Completed in 1926, the Rio Felix Bridge was one of the most important structures in New Mexico’s highway system. The bridge was placed across the river at nearly a 45-degree angle to increase stability during floods. Constructed with three 144 foot . . . — Map (db m56141) HM
New Mexico (Chaves County), Lake Arthur — Civilian Conservation CorpsLake Arthur Campsite
The Civilian Conservation Corps was established to provide employment for the nation's young men during the Great Depression of the 1930's. More than 50,000 were enrolled in the program in New Mexico between 1933 and 1942. CCC enrollees at the Lake . . . — Map (db m56142) HM
New Mexico (Chaves County), Roswell — Atlas Missile Silos
During the Cold War (1946-1989), this area became home for twelve Atlas missile silo sites — America’s first operational Intercontinental Ballistic Missile system. They protected the Strategic Air Command facilities at Walker Air Force Base . . . — Map (db m73724) HM
New Mexico (Chaves County), Roswell — Bottomless Lakes State Park
When 19th Century cowboys attempted to measure these lakes by tying lariats together, they found no bottom and declared the lakes “bottomless.” Today we know these sinkholes, formed by collapsed salt and gypsum deposits, are 17 to 90 . . . — Map (db m73455) HM
New Mexico (Chaves County), Roswell — Chaves County Court House
Chaves County Courthouse has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior 1985 — Map (db m102803) HM
New Mexico (Chaves County), Roswell — Chaves County Gulf War Monument
Dedicated to The Men and Women of Chaves County, New Mexico Who Served Their Country During the Persian Gulf War 1990 — 1991 by Roswell Cares Support Group — Map (db m102806) WM
New Mexico (Chaves County), Roswell — Chaves County Veterans Memorial
In Remembrance of The Veterans of All Wars and Military Actions Who Made The Supreme Sacri Fice With Grateful Appreciation from The Citizens of Chavez County Nov. 11, 1983 — Map (db m102807) WM
New Mexico (Chaves County), Roswell — Chaves County Veterans War Memorial
Memorial Wall Dedicated To All Citizens Of Chaves County Who Served And Died Defending Our Freedom ( engraved on the stone wall ) World War I Pvt. Alter, Cecil W. · Baker, Ray A. · Bozarth, Lewis Hath · Pvt. Bradley, Floyd L. · Pvt. . . . — Map (db m102802) WM
New Mexico (Chaves County), Roswell — 1633 — Continental Oil Company Station 1
Built circa 1920 Unique example of an early filling station designed in residential Tudor Revival Style. — Map (db m104394) HM
New Mexico (Chaves County), Roswell — Goodnight-Loving Trail
This famous old cattle trail, running 2000 miles from Texas to Wyoming, was blazed in 1866 by Charles Goodnight and Oliver Loving. In New Mexico, the trail followed the Pecos River north to Fort Sumner, where the government needed beef to feed the . . . — Map (db m73457) HM
New Mexico (Chaves County), Roswell — Humble Beginnings
Roswell’s first building was erected near this spot. Built by James Patterson, the 15 by 15 foot trading post was a rest stop along the Goodnight Loving Cattle Trail. The trading post was later acquired by Van C. Smith who, around 1870, added onto . . . — Map (db m102893) HM
New Mexico (Chaves County), Roswell — John Simpson Chisum1824-1884 — "Cattle King of the Pecos"
John S. Chisum, a western icon, is generally recognized as the early West's most prominent cattleman. In the mid-1870s, Chisum was the largest cattle producer in the nation, with as many as 80,000 longhorn steers in his herd. Beginning as a . . . — Map (db m73451) HM
New Mexico (Chaves County), Roswell — Justice in the Wild West
Before the construction of the elegant courthouse that stands here today, a smaller courthouse constructed in 1890 was home to Roswell’s judicial system. In 1889, prior to construction, Captain Joseph C. Lea, Charles Eddy, and Pat Garrett (the . . . — Map (db m73527) HM
New Mexico (Chaves County), Roswell — Louise Massey Mabie (1902-1983)The Original Rhinestone Cowgirl
This is a two sided marker Side A: One of the first female radio stars in the 1930s, Louise's career spanned from 1918-1950. Her recordings in English and Spanish sold millions of copies. Heading the Roswell-based group, . . . — Map (db m73454) HM
New Mexico (Chaves County), Roswell — N.M. 200th Coast Artillery AA Regt.
In Memoriam N.M. 200th Coast Artillery AA Regt. 8 Dec.1941 – First Into Battle W.W.II 15 Aug. 1945 – Liberated From Death Camps “Let Us Not Forget Their Faith In God and Country” Donated by V.F.W. Post 2575 . . . — Map (db m102804) WM
New Mexico (Chaves County), Roswell — New Mexico Navy Veterans Monument
Dedicated February 24, 1968 To the Men and Women Of New Mexico Who Serve With The United States Navy — Map (db m102808) WM
New Mexico (Chaves County), Roswell — Patrick Floyd Jarvis GarrettHis Ride to Destiny
In the frontier west, Pat Garrett has to be considered as one of the most famous and effective of legendary law officers. Six feet, five inches tall, he was an imposing and implacable foe of western criminals. An honest and honorable lawman, Garrett . . . — Map (db m73452) HM
New Mexico (Chaves County), Roswell — RoswellPopulation 50,000 -- Elevation 3,612
Roswell was a watering place for the Pecos Valley cattle drives of the 1870s and 1880s. It was incorporated in 1891 and is seat of Chaves County, named for Col. J. Francisco Chaves, Civil War soldier and delegate to the U. S. Congress from the . . . — Map (db m38460) HM
New Mexico (Chaves County), Roswell — RoswellPopulation 50,000 - Elevation 3,612
Roswell was a watering place for the Pecos Valley cattle drives of the 1870s and 1880s. It was incorporated in 1891 and is seat of Chaves County, named for Col. J. Francisco Chaves, Civil War Soldier and delegate to the U.S. Congress from the . . . — Map (db m73453) HM
New Mexico (Chaves County), Roswell — RoswellPopulation 50,000 - Elevation 3,612
Roswell was a watering place for the Pecos Valley cattle drives of the 1870s and 1880s. It was incorporated in 1891 and is seat of Chaves County, named for Col. J. Francisco Chaves, Civil War Soldier and delegate to the U.S. Congress from the . . . — Map (db m79251) HM
New Mexico (Chaves County), Roswell — Roswell and the New Deal
President Franklin Delano Roosevelt implemented the “New Deal,” a plan for ending the Great Depression. His economic program was was based on relief, recovery, and reform and included the introduction of the Works Progress Administration . . . — Map (db m104410) HM
New Mexico (Chaves County), Roswell — Roswell Pioneer Plaza
This location incorporates two of downtown Roswell's most historic buildings. East of this location is the Chaves County Courthouse, built in 1911. It is one of the best surviving examples of courthouses built in the Beaux Arts Revival "monumental . . . — Map (db m56139) HM
New Mexico (Chaves County), Roswell — Roswell’s First General Store and Post Office
Roswell’s first general store and post office stood near this spot. The building was constructed by Van C. Smith in 1870 and hosted a somewhat famous postmaster, Ash Upton, who was a political player in the Lincoln County War and the ghost writer . . . — Map (db m102896) HM
New Mexico (Chaves County), Roswell — Roswell's Military Institutes
Joseph C. Lea enrolled his son Wildy in Fort Worth University, a noted military school. Lea was so impressed with his son's education that he recruited the superintendent of the school, Colonel Robert S. Goss, to found a military institute in . . . — Map (db m104395) HM
New Mexico (Chaves County), Roswell — The Iron Cross
During World War II a prisoner of war camp was established by the War Department near Orchard Park southeast of Roswell, which housed some 4800 German prisoners of war. On January 1, 1943, the first prisoners arrived here from the . . . — Map (db m72748) HM
New Mexico (Chaves County), Roswell — Waldrop Park
This site is named for Victor H. Waldrop and stewardship for is shared by the New Mexico Department of Transportation and local bird enthusiasts. Wind blown-sand deposited at the base of Mescalero Ridge forms a 60 mile expanse of open dunes and . . . — Map (db m73458) HM
New Mexico (Chaves County), Roswell — Walker Air Force Base1941-1967
Roswell Army Air Field was established in 1941 and renamed after New Mexico native Brig. Gen. Kenneth Walker in 1948. Once the Strategic Air Command’s largest base, its bomber fleet and Atlas missiles were key deterrents during the early years of . . . — Map (db m104393) HM

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