Eric Turns 65 and has to retire
In 1943 a B17 crashed on Wild Horse Flat killing seven. This story is taken mostly from the AAF accident report.
Linda recounts a branding from her youth
Linda tells an amusing story about Mary Santiago.
That last ten miles to Nana’s by Linda
Linda tells a story about a lizard we have always called a Rocky Mountain Boomer
Linda learns to drive
Tom spends the summer on the Montana ranch by Lind Decker
John Funk John Funk probably arrived at the ranch the same way as a good many of the other ranchhands: Steve would to the Tucumcari jail and bail out railroad crew who had gotten drunkwhen paid off after a shift. John stayed at the ranch for many years – over thirty — andreliably handled both…
Learning by trial and error
Gavina Garcia’s homestead house was built by her oldest son, Julian who also built the school house.
Linda writes a story about the first bear encounter, there have been several since! Drought and forest fires in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains in the 90’s propelled game out onto the eastern plains. Today we have elk, mountain lions, and bear which were not around in my days at the ranch. ST
The Dawson Railroad runs through the ranch. It was built in 1903 to haul coal from the Dawson mines mainly to copper smelters in Arizona and it supplied the motive power to all of Southern Pacific’s steam engines.
Elko and the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering has ties to the ranch though Buck Ramsey.
Buck Ramsey captures so eloquently the family’s love for the ranch and its legacy.
Dan Trigg was my fathers uncle, they were close until a ranch venture in the 50s turned bad. After that they were always prepared for confrontation.
Jimmy Shaffner visited the ranch as a teen.
Alamosa point has always commanded a special presence and has made its impact on all of us. Perhaps it was too during my grandfather’s era…