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Taos Pueblo and Its Neighbors

Since 1540, when Europeans under the command of Coronado’s lieutenant, Hernando de Alvarado, first visited the Indian village at the foot of the brooding Sangre de Cristo Mountains, the multistoried Pueblo of Taos, with its two large apartment buildings separated by the Taos River, has impressed all who see…

A History of Union County

The settlement of Union County can not be regarded as an isolated circumstance, but must be considered as a part of that great westward expansion movement which peopled many western states of the United States during the last quarter of the nineteenth century and the early years of the…

El Pino Grant

by J. J. Bowden Cristobal Nieto, a resident of Santa Fe, appeared before Governor Pedro Rodriquez Cubero seeking the revalidation of a grant which he had received on August 5, 1697, covering the land he was then occupying. He explained that the title papers which Cubero had given him…

El Badito Grant

by J. J. Bowden Antonio J. Ortiz and Nicolas Pino filed suit 1 in the Court of Private Land Claims on March 2, 1893, to secure the juridical recognition of the Badito Grant. They alleged that a grant had been made to Antonio Armijo and fifteen associates in 1835, by…

Alamitos Grant

by J. J. Bowden On February 22, 1840, Juan Salas, and eleven other landless citizens of the Town of Pena Blanca petitioned the Alcalde of the Pueblo of Cochiti, Diego Antonio Aragón, asking him to recommend to the prefect of that district that a grant be given to them…

Canada de San Francisco Grant

by J. J. Bowden In June, 1839, Jose Francisco Baca y Terrus and a number of landless citizens of New Mexico petitioned the Ayuntamiento of Santa Fe for a grant covering a tract of vacant agricultural land on the arroyo below Galisteo and bounded: On the north, by the…

1847 Taos Rebellion

By William H. Wroth In the summer of 1846 General Stephen Watts Kearny marched with 1750 troops over 850 miles across the Plains from Fort Leavenworth and invaded the Mexican territory of New Mexico. On August 18 the American forces took possession of the city of Santa Fe without…

Railroad Race to Raton

Claude Stephenson, State Folklorist, Department of Cultural Affairs Rick Hendricks, State Historian, State Records Center and Archives     The Atchison Topeka and Santa Fe, and the Denver and Rio Grande railroads race to stake their claims on the strategic Raton Pass.   Railroads, Atchison Topeka and Santa Fe,…