Dawson, New Mexico

Dawson was settled in the late 1860s by John B. Dawson (1830-1918) who had acquired land from Lucien B. Maxwell out of an older land grant belonging to Maxwell.  Their arrangement was verbal.  The former town of Dawson is located in Colfax County which borders Colorado to the north.  Dawson was originally located in Taos […]

Ancho, New Mexico

Ancho is now a ghost town in Lincoln County, but it had a brief life as an unincorporated but vibrant mining community.  A few buildings still stand and the pads and/or foundations of others can also be seen from a satellite photo.  It is located just west of the intersection of road 462 and road […]

Japanese-Americans in World War II

During World War II, one group of American-born individuals were not allowed to serve in the United States military effort for a time.  They were second generation Americans whose parents were Japanese.  After December 7, 1941 and the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, America was caught up in the war effort.  A byproduct of this […]

Lincoln County War

The Lincoln County War was an armed conflict between two groups of people who were fighting over control of land and business.  The fighting and killing generally took place in and around Lincoln County, as it was configured in 1878.  Lincoln County was much larger back then.  Its area approximately included the entire southeastern section […]

Blackdom, New Mexico

In the fictional Netflix miniseries Godless, part of the action takes place in a settlement called Blackdom, New Mexico, an all black community founded by former Buffalo Soldiers.  This caused us to wonder if there was ever an actual place by that name.  In fact, there was a small settlement by that same name, and […]

Dr. Robert Hutchings Goddard

Now known as the father of modern rocket propulsion, Dr. Robert Hutchings Goddard was born in Worcester, Massachusetts on October 5, 1882. His father did clerical work, was a salesman and also owned a machine shop.  Goddard was interested in science and mechanics when he was a youth.  He told of being inspired by science […]

Counties of New Mexico

Shortly after the Mexican-American War in the mid to late 1840s, the New Mexico territorial boundaries were drawn and were vastly different than they are today.  We have assembled a few maps that seem to be representative of the major changes, with the main emphasis being the changes since New Mexico became a state.  County […]