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Catron County New Mexico

Catron County is the largest county, by area, in New Mexico. At almost 7,000 square miles, Catron County is larger than a few Eastern states. With a population of only 3,543 people, the county is as sparsely populated as many an old West frontier area.

Within the boundaries of Catron County lie parts of the Gila National Forest, the Apache National Forest and the Cibola National Forest. The establishment of these national forests, in the past called "forest reserves," led to the name Reserve being given to a village on the San Francisco River.

In the 1860s, Mexican-Americans established a string of villages along the river, naming them the Upper, Lower, and Middle San Francisco Plazas. In the late 1870s anglo settlers began arriving. They called the Upper Frisco Plaza, Milligan's Plaza, naming it after a merchant and saloon owner. This village is now Reserve.

Milligan's Plaza was the site of the first legendary exploit of Elfego Baca. In 1882, or perhaps 1884, the nineteen-year-old Baca apparently appointed himself deputy sheriff and rode 130 miles from Socorro to the Plaza. Here he set about bringing justice to the Mexican-American community which had been beset by drunken cowboys.

Slightly outnumbered by, it is said, 80 Texans, he holed up in a jacal, the flimsiest kind of hut, and was besieged by a mob. Bullets and dynamite could not dislodge him, and in a gun battle lasting 33 hours, he inflicted death and grievous injury on his adversaries without being injured himself.

Bordering Arizona, Catron County affords the shortest route between Albuquerque and Phoenix or Tucson. Reserve can also be reached by following US 180 north from Silver City and NM 12 east for a total of 99 miles.

Catron County has always been rich in history from prehistoric Indians to the Chiricahua Apaches who hid in the Apache Creek and Tularosa River area in the 1880’s to Apache tribes with leaders such as Mangas Coloradas, Victorio, Geronimo, Chato, and Cochise who were housed on the Apache Indian Agency from 1870 to 1874 until they were moved back to the Ojo Caliente reservation and the Fort was abandoned. Until 1906 this settlement was know as Joseph. From Fort Tularosa housed the Apache Indian Agency until the Indians were moved back to the Ojo Caliente reservation and the Fort was abandoned.

Did you know Catron County even has claimed to a UFO crash in 1974 near Horse Springs on the San Augustine Plains? As the story goes one or maybe two of the aliens were still alive after the crash. However, no one living in the area at that time seems to remember the crash. But, still one has to ask was it a UFO or just a plane crash? Either way it makes a good story when sitting around the campfire on a starry night.

Rising majestically from the bush and grass of the San Agustin Plains, the Datil Mountains rise to an elevation of 7,500 feet with the town of Datil nestled at its feet. This picturesque little town was established in 1884 and was named for the yucca seedpods resembling dates, Datil is the Spanish work of “date”. Levi and Fred Baldwin opened the first store and post office to serve area ranchers. Today, the Eagle Guest Ranch, a café, motel, general store, gas station, and RV park acts as the general meeting place for the community and surrounding area. A few miles to the west the Datil Well Campground was a watering well for cattle on the historic stock drive from Springerville, Arizona to the railhead in Magdalena, New Mexico.

Just down the road on US 60 sits a small community on the Continental Divide at the altitude of 7,900 feet. Clyde Norman owned the town’s only gas station and café, he began selling pies to the local community and passers by and in the 1920’s the town become known as Pie Town. In 1934 the area was opened to homesteaders who began dry land farming, mostly growing pinto beans until 1956 when the lack of rain and snow made farming difficult. Today an annual Pie Festival is held the second Saturday of September.

Another short drive west of Pie Town will bring you to Quemado, which lies at an altitude of 6,970 feet. Quemado is the Spanish word for “burned”. In 1880 a settler by the name of Jose Antonio Padilla noticed the brush had been burned by the local Indians and named the settlement Rito Quemado. Today Quemado serves the surrounding area with cafes, motels, garages, a general store, a hardware store, and a high school.

Luna is a tiny sleepy historical village that was settled in the 19th Century by a sheep rancher and powerful political force in New Mexico named Solomon Luna. The area was later settled by Mormon ranchers from Utah. However, the Hough Ruin (pronounced HUFF) is just a reminder these early settlers were but newcomers, as the Hough Ruin dates back 700 years earlier. In 1995, ten rooms were being excavated by archaeologists from the Museum of New Mexico and a great kiva was discovered. After further excavation it was found this site, though to be a Mogollon ruin, was different from other ruins. It was found to be a large, L-shaped, multi-storied ruin containing 20 to 35 rooms, and two kivas. Kivas were used for religious purposes. Although a shelter was built over the excavated ruins for their protection, it has yet to be developed, due to lack of money, into a visitor’s center and historical site.

Although today the narrow water pipeline named the “catwalk” by workman, to the 1890’s mining town of Graham, has been replaced by a metal walkway along the Whitewater Creek offers breath taking views of nature as the creek below races by. Ruins of the old mill can still be seen on the north side of the canyon from the parking lot. Past the canyon walls the trail continues to the old pump house. Another trail continues 14 miles to a 10,000 foot ridge in the Mogollon Mountains offering breath taking views.

The town of Mogollon was founded in 1895, and produced gold and silver for the next 20 years, until 1942 when wartime legislation was passed by Congress affecting gold production. Today Mogollon, now considered a ghost town, has few full time residents. The town has two small museums, an antique shop filled with mining artifacts, a B & B, and the old theatre is being restored. Mogollon offers the visitor a change to step into the past for a hour or two. The winding mountain road opens up into a canyon with houses on either side of the canyon and Silver Creek flowing quietly and lazily from one side of the canyon to the other. The mining community produced about 70% ($5,500,000.00) of all precious metals produced in New Mexico. This mountain range was either named for the mistletoe, which grows throughout the area, called Mogollon (pronounced muggy-yone) or Juan Ignacio Mogollon and early Spanish governor. In 1891, the town boosted of a public school with 120 students, a Catholic church, seven saloons and two red-light districts, but fires wiped out several of the buildings. Along with the consistent threat of fire floods became increasingly frequent due to the harvesting of trees for homes and mining operations. The gold and silver ore was freighted down the mountain and supplies were freighted up by wagons pulled by 18 horses around hairpin curves. As you drive along the road to Mogollon let your imagine drift back in time when the road was much narrower then your presently driving and wagons were pulled by 18 horses struggling all day to travel the 7 miles from the valley below to the bustling mining town.

Catron County Population: 3,543
Land Area: 6,898 square miles
Median Rainfall:
Average First Freeze Date September 24
Average Last Freeze Date: June 8
Elevation: 6,879 ft.
County Seat: Reserve
Total Federal Land: 2,799,004 acres
  581,435 acres BLM
  2,217,036 acres Forest Service
State Land: 533,037 acres
Indian Land: 10,880 acres
Deeded Land: 1,081,779 acres

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