USS New Mexico (BB-40)

Thus far, there have been two ships named the USS New Mexico, a battleship and a nuclear submarine.  The earliest ship by this name was BB-40, roughly falling in the last one third of a line of about 65 conventional (BB) battleships built from around 1890 to around 1943.  They were almost all named for […]

Victorio, Apache Chief

Victorio was an Apache chief, thought to have been born about 1820-1825 near the current town of Truth or Consequences, Sierra County, New Mexico.  He was regarded by his opponents as being a clever, capable fighter and leader. He was brought up in a group known as the Warm Springs Apaches (also known as the […]

Governor Charles Bent

Charles Bent was the first civil governor of the territory of New Mexico following the Mexican War.  He was appointed governor by military Governor Stephen Watts Kearny in September, 1846 and served until his assassination on January 19, 1847. Bent was born in Virginia 1799.  His family moved to Missouri in 1806.  He was the […]

Unsolved Mystery: Billy the Kid

Saturday, December 29, 1950, there was a funeral in Hico, Texas for O. L. Roberts (some accounts call him William Henry Roberts) who claimed to be Billy the Kid.  He had come to Hico in the late 1930s from his previous home in Gladewater, claiming to be Billy the Kid, who was born Henry McCarty and also […]

The Death of Oliver Loving

A few miles north of the Texas-New Mexico border in Eddy County is a town named Loving, named for Oliver Loving, a co-founder of the old Goodnight-Loving Trail.  Before the ranges of the state became fenced, a number of cattle drives proceeded north along the eastern side of the state.  They generally followed along the […]

When Texas Invaded New Mexico

In 1841, Republic of Texas President Mirabeau B. Lamar had a vision to expand the borders of the young republic further west, perhaps as far as California.  Lamar had won the 1838 presidential election, following Sam Houston, the previous elected president.  Lamar was in various ways the ideological opposite of Houston.  He became the second of […]