Archive for: Truth or Consequences

Pine Knot Owner Grace Woolf

The owner of the Pine Knot Saloon, Grace Woolf of Truth or Consequences, talks about the history of the bar that she and her husband, RC, built in 1950. Topics covered include the one-armed bandits that were once in bars all over T or C, watering holes like the Arizona Hotel & Bar and Ashbaugh’s NightClub, unsolved murders from back in the day, and the story of Hart Derish and Ernie Bonner, who fatally shot one another outside the Pink Knot in July 1951.

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).

Bill Buhler

Bill Buhler was born in Minnesota. After law school and a stint in the military, he moved to Truth or Consequences in 1956. He opened a practice, served as the attorney for Hot Springs National Bank, and served on the City Commission from 1960-64. In this video he mostly discusses his involvement in the creation and development of the Geronimo Springs Museum (which did NOT begin with a Rotary Club pancake breakfast fundraiser, as has been rumored for years).  Mr. Buhler talks about the many people who contributed to the museum’s exhibits, buildings, and so forth – including Ann Wellborn, the interviewer.

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.

Discussion of the Carrie Tingley Hospital is just after the 11:30 mark.

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.


This video offers a list of the cemeteries in Sierra County and includes directions to their sites. Also included are some descriptions of the notable and notorious people buried around the area.

Mayor’s Forum

Five Truth or Consequences Mayors (four former, one current) discuss their terms and the issues they face sitting on the City Commission.

Hazel Johnson

Hazel Johnson shares her memories of living on her family’s ranch in the San Andres Mountains before White Sands Missile Range was established.  She also shares early memories of the town of Hot Springs, including the location of “Lovers Lane.”