Archive for: Las Palomas

Helen “Dogie” Chavez

Helen “Dogie” Chavez’s parents homsteaded a ranch in the Caballo Mountain Range in 1922. She grew up ranching and went to school in Caballo.

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.

Jack Martin’s Well

Jack Martin’s well, dug in 1868, opened up the way for settlement, development and permanent ranching in an area that was previously known only as the Jornada del Muerto, or Journey of Death. The well is still pumping plenty of good water and has a new neighbor – Spaceport America. The story of “El Aleman” is also included as part of this video, since Jack Martin’s ranch and the well are located at the Aleman site.

Las Palomas

A look at Las Palomas, a small farming community 7 miles south of Truth or Consequences. The town was founded circa 1865 and at one time had 2000 residents.