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<i>Side B:</i> Mela Leger Marker image, Touch for more information
By Bill Kirchner, July 24, 2011
Side B: Mela Leger Marker
New Mexico (Guadalupe County), La Loma — Mela Leger-Bilingual Education Pioneer(1928-2006)
Side A: At four, Manuelita de Atocha (Mela) Lucero Leger read Spanish language newspapers to her blind grandfather in Colonias. Although New Mexico's constitution protects Spanish-speaking students, school children were often punished . . . — Map (db m45893) HM
New Mexico (Guadalupe County), Newkirk — Comanche Country
By 1700 the Comanches had acquired the horse and began moving into this area. They drove out the Jicarilla Apaches, and their raids on New Mexico's eastern frontier posed a threat to Indian, Spanish and Anglo settlements for over a century. The . . . — Map (db m93763) HM
New Mexico (Guadalupe County), Newkirk — Llano Estacado
Rising above these red-earth lowlands to the south is the Llano Estacado or Staked Plain, a high plateau covering some 32,000 square miles in eastern New Mexico and adjacent areas in Texas. Topographically, it is one of the flattest areas in the . . . — Map (db m93197) HM
New Mexico (Guadalupe County), Santa Rosa — Edge of Plains
Grassy plains meet pine dotted uplands in this transition from Great Plains to Basin and Range provinces. Plains to the east are capped by caliche, sand, and gravel which are deeply eroded into the underlying bedrock in places. To the west, faulting . . . — Map (db m91047) HM
New Mexico (Guadalupe County), Santa Rosa — Puerto de Luna
Established by the early 1860s, Puerto de Luna is one of southeast New Mexico’s oldest permanent settlements. An important farming and ranching center, the town was the Guadalupe County seat from 1891 until 1903. A strong oral tradition maintains . . . — Map (db m45906) HM
New Mexico (Guadalupe County), Santa Rosa — Santa RosaPopulation 2,469 - Elevation 4,620
The Spanish explorer Antonio de Espejo passed through this area in 1583, as did Gaspar Castano de Sosa in 1590. Santa Rosa, the Guadalupe County seat, was laid out on the ranch of Celso Baca y Baca, a politician and rancher in the late 1800s. It was . . . — Map (db m45894) HM
New Mexico (Guadalupe County), Santa Rosa — Santa RosaPopulation—2,469 - Elevation—4,620 ft.
The Spanish explorer Antonio de Espejo passed through this area in 1583, as did Gaspar Castaño de Sosa in 1590. Santa Rosa, the Guadalupe County seat, was laid out on the ranch of Celso Baca y Baca, a politician and rancher in the late 1800s. It was . . . — Map (db m45895) HM
New Mexico (Guadalupe County), Santa Rosa — Santa RosaPopulation—2,469 - Elevation—4,620 ft.
The Spanish explorer Antonio de Espejo passed through this area in 1583, as did Gaspar Castaño de Sosa in 1590. Santa Rosa, the Guadalupe County seat, was laid out on the ranch of Celso Baca y Baca, a politician and rancher in the late 1800s. It was . . . — Map (db m91041) HM
New Mexico (Guadalupe County), Santa Rosa — Trail of the Forty-Niners
To give gold-seekers another route to California, Capt. Randolph B. Marcy and Lt. James H. Simpson opened a wagon road from Arkansas to New Mexico in 1849. Marcy’s Road, although very popular with the Forty-Niners, still was never as well-traveled . . . — Map (db m91044) HM
New Mexico (Guadalupe County), Vaughn — VaughnPopulation 737 - Elevation 5965
Vaughn, a division point in the transcontinental railway system, is located along the route of the Stinson cattle trail. In 1882, Jim Stinson, manager of the New Mexico Land and Livestock Co., drove 20,000 cattle in eight separate herds along this . . . — Map (db m47146) HM

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