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By John LeMay

In 1889, Roswell patriarch Capt. Joseph C. Lea, Pat Garrett (the former sheriff who shot Billy the Kid), and land developer Charles B. Eddy ventured to the territorial council and apartment in Santa Fe to petition for the construction of 2 new counties from the large Lincoln County in southeastern New Mexico. The request was once granted and Chaves County formally got here into being on February 25, 1889. this present day, a hundred and twenty years later, Chaves County nonetheless flourishes with a inhabitants of greater than 60,000 humans and is the dairy capital of the Southwest, generating round 1.7 billion kilos of milk every year. Explored during this quantity is Chaves County's earliest peoples and settlements, together with Roswell, Dexter, Hagerman, Lake Arthur, and Elk. It additionally takes a glance at long-forgotten cities akin to Acme, Blackdom, Cumberland, Greenfield or even previous ranching clothes and farms akin to John Chisum's South Spring River headquarters, the Clifton Chisholm alfalfa farm, and lots of others.

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