Tres Ritos: A History of Three Rivers, New Mexico

Tres Ritos: A History of Three Rivers, New Mexico

by Gary Cozzens


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Tres Ritos: A History of Three Rivers, New Mexico by Gary Cozzens

Tres Ritos was first settled by the Jornada Mogollon in AD 900, and these ancient farmers left their presence in the form of more than twenty-one thousand petroglyphs along a mile-long ridge. The valley was visited by Spanish explorers in the 1600s and became the homeland of the Mescalero Apaches about that same time. Patrick Coghlan, the "Cattle King of Tularosa," built a major ranch here with his cattle being rustled and sold to him by none other than Billy the Kid. Susan McSween Barber, the widow of Alexander McSween of Lincoln County War fame, prospered here as the "Cattle Queen of New Mexico." Albert Fall, infamous for his participation in the Teapot Dome Scandal, owned Coghlan's ranch and much more. Join local historian Gary Cozzens as he tells the story of Tres Ritos--a small but intriguing place in New Mexico history.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781609498832
Publisher: History Press, The
Publication date: 03/02/2015
Pages: 128
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

A native New Mexican, Gary Cozzens graduated from Eastern New Mexico University, earning a double major in history and political science. He is a member of the Lincoln County Historical Society, the Museum of New Mexico Foundation, the Historical Society of New Mexico and the Friends of Historic Lincoln. He is the author of The Nogal Mesa and Capitan, New Mexico, also published by The History Press. Cozzens is currently the Manager of the Lincoln Historic Site in Lincoln.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements 7

Introduction 9

1 The Jornada Mogollon 13

2 The Mescalero Apaches 26

3 Patrick Coghlan, Billy the Kid and Susan McSween Barber 37

4 Albert Bacon Fall 71

5 The Hatchet Ranch 98

6 Thomas Fortune Ryan III 102

7 The Three Rivers Aqueduct 113

8 Recent History 117

9 A Final Accounting 123

Notes 125

Bibliography 133

Index 139

About the Author 143

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