Culture Series: Ranch Life in the San Andres Mountains
7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Historian Dale Owen will present a slide program titled, "Memories of Ranch Life in the San Andres Mountains," in this month's Culture Series.
The Love Owen Ranch was located northeast of Las Cruces on what is now White Sands Missile Range. Positioned in the San Andres Mountains north of Highway 70 between Las Cruces and Alamogordo, the area is of historic interest from the Apache and U.S. Cavalry days, early mining operations, and Las Cruces history with names such as the Luceros, Pat Garrett, and A.B. Fall.
Operated as a cattle ranch during the 1940s and '50s, it was among the several ranches the U.S. government desired for a bombing test range during World War II, and so began the long good-bye to a wonderful way of living for these families. The slides will show life on a flourishing ranch, as well as what the area looks like today.
Dale Owen is a second-generation El Pasoan with ties to southern New Mexico. He attended Austin High School in El Paso, earned a bachelor's degree in history from Texas Western College, and a master's degree from UTEP. He taught history at Bowie High School for 31 years. He currently lives in southern Dona Ana County.