Featured Posts

Follow the Sun by E. V. Pete Hester Follow the Sun By E. V. Pete Hester Copyright Pending 2015     Foreword Butch Madison told this story to me several years ago and swore that everything he told was true and...

Read more

J. I. Hall, Jr.....A Western Novel by E. V. Pete Hester This is my latest novel and it is not in a good format for reading, however, it is readable. I enjoyed writing this book and I had problems finding a publisher....so, what the heck, I wrote it just for...

Read more

Confederates move to Brazil...John W. and Lisanna Brownlow... Otis Vaughn is interested in locating members of the Brownlow (Vaughn descendants) family who relocated to Brazil after the Civil War. In the past, I have had several readers from Brazil and if any of...

Read more

The Saga of Zachary Williams, The Sabine Kid My book publisher gave me the rights back to my book, The Saga of Zachary Williams, well, kind of saying it was just "sorry and no good"....nah, he didn't say it that way but that is how it kind of came...

Read more

Ghost Towns of New Mexico…Kingston, NM

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 01-06-2015

0

Bank Museum, Kingston NMwelcome to the Black RangeThe Old Percha Bank building, now a museum opened by appointment only and the Black Range Lodge…

Kingston was founded when Jack Sheddon found a rich vein of silver ore in 1882. It grew to more than 7000 people very rapidly and was one of the largest towns in the territory. It was also one of the wildest in the wild west. Kingston produced 10 million in silver between 188o – 90’s. It had 22 saloons, 14 grocery stores,  gambling halls, a brewery and three newspapers. Today, only 30 people or so live in Kingston. One floor of the Victoria Hotel remains. The Black Range Lodge (shown above) is built with salvage of Pretty Sam’s Casino. The Old Percha Bank (shown above) is a museum opened by appointment only.  The Spit and Whittle Club, formed in 1888 , is still active and is the nations oldest social club. www.kingstonnm.com……see New Mexico, folks….It’s a great state to visit….Pete Hester

Ghost Towns of New Mexico…Chloride, NM

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 29-05-2015

0

Chloride, NM is located in Serria County, New Mexico, approximately 36 miles northwest of T or C, NM. It was founded in 1880 after Harry Pye discovered silver ore nearby. Despite repeated Indian attacks, one in which Pye was killed, the town grew to 3000 people.  It had 9 saloons, 3 general stores, restaurants, butcher shop, candy store, lawyer, doctor, Chinese laundry, 2 hotels, livery stable, smelter and sawmill. There were 12 operating mines and nearly 500 prospector holes in and around Chloride. The silver panic of 1893 wiped the town out, but many of the original structures still stand. The old Pioneer Store is now a museum. The “Hanging Tree”on Wall Street still stand and is over 200 years old. About 11 folks (at last count) still live in Chloride. (They may not call it a ghost town, but it has some wonderful history that they can tell you about.)  Check out www.pioneerstoremuseum.com or call 575-743-2735…..Pete Hester

Ghost Towns of New Mexico…Monticello, NM

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 26-05-2015

0

Surrounding area near Monticello..  Cottonwood Canyon

One of the ghost towns of New Mexico and Serra County is Monticello, New Mexico, founded in 1856 by local farmers and ranchers and was first known as Canada Alamosa (Cottonwood Canyon). In 1881, the first post master renamed the town Monticello. The town was built in a square with adobe walls in  to protect the residents from Indian attacks. The Warm Spring Apache tribe called that area home. That tribe was led by Chief Victorio. He and his tribe were massacred in October of 1880 in Mexico. The remainder of the tribe joined the Chiricahua Tribe of Southeastern Arizona.  The Southern Apache Agency was located in Monticello. You can still see parts of the old adobe walls of the plaza, should you visit the town. The San Ignacio Catholic Church was built in 1867 and services are still held there today. There are graves in the old cemetery dating back to the 1700s. Located 25 miles northwest of T or C. Visit www.ghosttownd.com/states/nm/monticello to learn more. Pete Hester

Memorial Day…a repost from 2011

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 24-05-2015

0

 

Memorial Day, 2011(updated after dinner Sunday)

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 28-05-2011

0

This morning was a beautiful day, quite, serene, nothing going on in our neighborhood. No riots, no hunger, no quarreling and no drug deals going down to my knowledge. A good start to a weekend where we honor those who died to give us this freedom. We kind of take our good life for granted, but a lot of folks died to make it happen. Thanks to the families of our fallen Soldiers, Airmen, Sailors and Marines who have suffered in their loss. We share your grief and we honor you and your fallen loved one this weekend. God Bless America and the Military who so bravely fight for our  freedom.

We celebrated our Memorial Day on Sunday afternoon. I asked my granddaughter to read the Gettysburg Address just before our lunch. Wow, that speech always gets to me…What a powerful choice of words and the last two sentences take us living in the 21st Century to task. ….”It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us-that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion-that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain, that this nation under God shall have a new birth of freedom, and that government of the people, by the people, for the people shall not perish from the earth.” Our present Congress has it’s work cut out for it….From my seat here is Albuquerque it seems to me the proper course of action is prayer…President Lincoln called it correctly, “that this nation under God”  Our prayers that the Almighty will once again put up the hedge rows to protect our country, return prayer back into the school systems and recognize that without God’s help we will never succeed.

Truth or Consequences, NM…Weekend visit

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 20-05-2015

2

We had a nice visit to T or C, NM this past weekend. I guess most folks heading down to T or C are going either to boat and fish at Elephant Butte Lake or visit the numerous hot springs. Of course you know that the town was called Hot Springs until 1950 when Ralph Edwards of the tv show, Truth or Consequences proclaimed that the first town to change it’s name to the shows name he would come and broadcast a show from that town. Hot Springs won the honor, changed it’s name and for the next  50 years Mr. Edwards came to T or C the first weekend in May for the “Fiesta”. They still have it and its still a pretty big deal. We missed the Fiesta but still enjoyed the visit. The level of The Butte is still down a lot, but up about 35 feet since last year. A good snow melt this year, coupled with some nice area rain storms is helping to keep the lake level rising. My son in law hit a rock on the east side of the lake in his boat and we had to have a tow to make it back to the marina. Still, I think we all had a wonderful time but the fishing was abruptly ended thanks to the unexpected rock collision…….. The next posting I want to share with you information about the ghost towns around that area and some of the history of each. I find it quite interesting…I think you will also….Pete

Fire Station #22, Albuquerque, NM…Chain Saw Art

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 11-05-2015

2

Mark Chavez 001Mark Chavez 003Mark Chavez 007Mark Chavez 011Mark Chavez 006My daily walk takes me by Fire station #22. I witnessed the complete renovation of it, including the cutting down of three big pine trees out front of the station. The tree trimmer left about a nine or ten foot stump. I quizzed one of the fireman about it and he let me know that a retired fireman would be doing some chain saw art on the stumps. In the days that followed I witnessed the transformation of these stumps into magnificent works of art. One day, as the roadrunner, rabbit and snake were being carved, I happened by just as the artist took a water break. I had a visit with him and learned that he worked for the fire department for 24 years before retiring. His name is Mark Chavez, Artist and owner of Sandia Bear Company Chainsaw Sculptures, 190 old 66 East, Albuquerque, NM 87123…His web site is sandiabearcompany.com. You can view more of his work on the web site as well as learn more about Mark. Look closely to see the snake climbing up the tree after the rabbit sitting there just under the road runner. On the back side of the owls, there is a baby owl in the knot of the tree and yours truly failed to use a flash so you cannot see it…It’s very cute. Sorry I did not get a good picture. The two eagles are the first ones he did. Beautiful…I hope some of you can see these carvings in person as he did a very good job. He also did the carvings in the burn area down near the Rio Grande River….Good job, Mark….Today I worked on the picture of the little owl in the knot hole…click to enlarge and you can see the little fellow. Same with the snake in the roadrunner picture…click to enlarge to see him….thanks, Pete

Fenn’s Fortune…..Buried, No…Wet, Yes…

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 04-05-2015

2

nm15[1]After Mr. Fenn gave us his new clues he says there is one he wishes he had not given…I believe that it’s about the treasure being wet….I’m pretty sure he did not just drop it somewhere in the desert. It is back up in the mouth of some cave, probably a cave behind a water fall…yes, we do have water falls in New Mexico and yes, Mr. Fenn could have gotten there very easily….Remember it is north of Santa Fe, above 5000 feet (which is about anywhere), and it is not buried, but you can see it if you are close. He claims some have been within 200 feet of the treasure, which is all the more reason I think it is behind a small water fall…..Have you got vacation plans this year…This treasure is a “real” treasure….gold nuggets, gold coins, rubies, emeralds, oh, and I don’t know what all else. Order yourself a map from the state of New Mexico, make Santa Fe or Abiquiu your base, and go to looking. Couple of words of caution, keep your car full of gas, take plenty of water and snacks and look out for snakes….And enjoys the views…Oh, did I say that he said you could “smell the pines”…

.Forrest Pilot

A photo of Fenn from earlier days….and Mr. Fenn with his treasure chest…

 

Five Star Plumbing….Rio Rancho, NM

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 03-05-2015

2

If you have plumbing needs in Rio Rancho or Albuquerque, please remember Five Star Plumbing for good, honest, dependable work and fair pricing for their services. They have done several jobs for me and they are very pleasant, hard working and very fair …They have been in business a few months now and I am happy to refer them to you. A young man, just starting out and he will treat you right. Oh, did I say that he is my grandson…but all I say is true…I’m proud of him..

Five Star Plumbing

Rio Rancho, New Mexico

License number: 381734

505-553-2939

Black Folk, White Folk….Stay Level Headed Folk…A Must

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 29-04-2015

2

What is going on in our nation is bad. Bad when a criminal is mistreated by the police, white or black, and it is happening in all mayor cities in our nation. And happening much more than we would want to admit. It’s bad when protesters become rioters and looters…Many police shootings have happened here in Albuquerque, some shot with mental conditions whose families called for help. Shooting was the restraint used at least once..It is bad when it does happen…But we must wait on the justice system to react and handle the injustices when they happen. Many times the person being arrested makes matters worse when he fights or flees the police, the worst thing they can do as that act really makes them appear guilty of that crime or a worse crime. In Ferguson and Baltimore, the looting and rioting was totally uncalled for and makes the protesters involved with the crimes of stealing and arson just as guilty as those that they are protesting about. Black and White, we have to keep a level head and deal with the issues like civil people. Blacks need to call down those that are looting and burning….that’s not protesting, that is rioting and they should be arrested. Whites need to control themselves upon seeing that the blacks are involved, usually young adults, and not agitate the situation…Children should be home after dark and not out on the streets of any city. It falls on the adults in the family to control their children. And the adults involved in the rioting should be arrested themselves….. So, let’s those of us who have a reasonable level of IQ try to talk some sense to those who feel that more than protesting needs to be done….Burning and looting only magnifies the problems, making things worse for all…Law enforcement needs help of the citizens in these cases, and those citizens must remain level headed….Pete Hester

 

Ruben Navarrette, Jr’s Latest…Albuquerque Journal, 4/23/15

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 23-04-2015

0

Well, Mr. Navarrette is trying to get Hillary to support the Latino immigrants…again…He always writes in support of the Latino’s, as if they are family and it is US against THEM…..I would wish that one day he would be concerned about America and where we are economically and understand that we are not against anyone as a people but we are for all Americans….Your bloodline is of no importance to me or any of my kin. I am not concerned about England and the people who live there or want to immigrate to America….I am an American…You are an American…Lets fight for those things that are important to Americans and our economy….  But, he did hit a home run on a couple of thoughts on Hillary which I thought were great. One, “she only thinks about the Latinos when she has a burrito in her hand” and two, on her knowledge of the Latino’s was, “she is one taco shy of a combination plate”…..Two great lines….You can read his article in today’s Albuquerque Journal, 4/23/15 and make up your own mind. Ruben does not write about Americans, he always writes about those in this country illegally….Why he is cut that way is beyond me…Yeah, I know I’m thick headed, but at least I admit it….