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Spruce Baird El Chino Tejano
Audio file "Centennial Journeys" radio program 2012
Spruce Baird was appointed as the Texas judge of Santa Fe County in the Republic of Texas, 1848, in land Texas claimed as theirs. The people of Santa Fe were not amused.
Baird liked it in New Mexico and stayed anyway, became very active in politics, built a ranch south of Albuquerque--but he remained a Texan.