The Nogal Mesa: A History of Kivas and Ranchers in Lincoln County

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The History Press, 2011 - History - 157 pages
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The Nogal Mesa has attracted people since the Jornada Mogollon called it home a millennium ago. The legacy and culture of those early settlers is only part of a rich history that draws visitors to the Mesa today. This was the land of a gold prospecting craze, a bloody massacre that destroyed a village, generations of ranchers, the Lincoln National Forest Ranger's Station and the annual Ranchman's Camp that still thrives. Local historian Gary Cozzens relates these stories and more in The Nogal Mesa: A History of Kivas and Ranchers in Lincoln County.
 

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Bill and Beverly Thorp are cousins of my Mother. We lost contact with them shortly after my Mother's death in 2009. Is there any way you could get a message to them and ask them to call my Dad, Dwight? His number is still in the Morrison phone book and they will know how to reach him. It is important to our family to reach them, so anything you can do to help will be most appreciated. Thank you.
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Morrison, Oklahoma
 

Contents

Preface
9
A Tour of the Nogal Mesa
13
Farmers Hunters and Warriors
23
Pioneers and Homesteaders
37
Gold in the Hills
57
Murder Most Foul in Bonito City
79
An Engineering Miracle
89
Forest Rangers Geologists and the Civilian Conservation Corps
111
The Ranchmans Camp
125
Notes
137
Bibliography
143
Index
151
About the Author
159
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About the author (2011)

A native New Mexican, Gary Cozzens grew up in Portales, where he graduated from Portales High School and Eastern New Mexico University, earning a double major in history and political science. Following graduation, he served in the United States Marine Corps for a total of twenty-four years, including Operation Desert Storm, and retired as a major in 1999. Cozzens is a member of the Lincoln County Historical Society, Fort Stanton, Inc., the Lincoln County Site Watch program and the Historical Society of New Mexico. He is the author of The Nogal Mesa, also published by The History Press. Gary and his wife, Shirley Crawford, live on the Nogal Mesa in Lincoln County, New Mexico.

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