Tres Ritos: A History of Three Rivers, New Mexico

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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.
ISBN: 9781609498832
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
State: New Mexico
Series: Brief History
Images: 61
Pages: 144
Dimensions: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
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.
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