Archive for: Hot Springs

Sierra County Residents’ Panel

Sherry Fletcher moderates a panel of Sierra County long-timers including Pat Zimmerman Rocco (moved to Hot Springs in 1945), Martha Jane Cain (moved to Hot Springs in 1946), Judy Hopkins Smith (born 1943 in Caballo), Bill Hopkins (born 1933 in Caballo), Ed Hopkins (born 1937 in Caballo), Dale Hopkins (born 1937 in Caballo), Daisy Faulkner Wilson (born in Caballo), Jacque McKinney Johnston (arrived in Hot Springs in 1942), and Ken Johnston (arrived Hot Springs in 1932).

Origins of Truth or Consequences

A timeline of the inhabitation and development of the area that is modern-day Truth or Consequences. The Warm Springs Apaches are thought to be the earliest inhabitants of the area. Three centuries later, the first adobe structure, a hot springs bath, was built by the John Cross Cattle Company. Elephant Butte Dam construction began in 1911, and New Mexico achieved statehood in 1912. Both of these factors led to rapid growth in Hot Springs (renamed Truth or Consequences in 1950).

Molly Baca

Molly Baca was born on a goat farm in Chloride in 1931. When she was 3, her family moved to Hillsboro, where her father made a living first by panning for gold and then as Probate Judge. Her mother cleaned famous “madame” Sadie Orchard’s Hotel. Molly also worked with her stepfather during his tenure at the Ladder Ranch. She and her husband eventually settled in Hot Springs.

Arrey Memories

A group of former students of the Arrey School system and other Arrey residents get together annually to enjoy one another’s company and reminisce. This video looks in on one of their reunions. The participants discuss school in Arrey and Hot Springs, roads being built with a mule team between Arrey (once known as El Bonito), Hatch, and Fort Thorn, and other memories of the old days.

Walter and Viola Armijo

The early history of Las Palomas and its church as told by Walter Armijo, who was raised there by his uncle. His wife Viola is also a long-time resident of Sierra County.

The Streets of T or C

A trip through the streets of Truth or Consequences, which were planned circa 1914 and then named and renamed through the years.

Headlights and Taillights

A collection of images and interesting facts relating to Sierra County, dating from the late 1800s to 1959.

The WPA in Sierra County

A look at the federal projects that created schools and public infrastructure in the community.

Carrie Tingley Hospital 70th Anniversary

The New Mexico State Veterans Home sits on a hill overlooking the Hot Springs district of modern day Truth or Consequences. It was built in 1937 as Carrie Tingley Hospital for Crippled Children. On the facility’s 100th birthday, in 2007, former employees and patients were invited to gather and pay tribute to the hospital. A brief history, scenes from the ceremony, and some historic and modern-day stills are included in this video.

Elephant Butte Dam

This video tells the story of the Elephant Butte Dam, a National Historical Engineer Landmark with the ASCE, and how it came to be constructed in this particular location. Life in the workers’ camp is described, as well as impacts the dam and its construction had on the town of Las Palomas Hot Springs (present-day Truth or Consequences).