Culture Series: Francisco Bojorquez: The Cowboy Sheriff of Sierra County
7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
In this month's Culture Series, Karl Laumbach will discuss the life and times of Francisco Bojorquez, an early day hero of Sierra County and one of New Mexico’s greatest cowboys.
Admission to this presentation in the Museum's theater is free.
Francisco Bojorquez is a fading legend in the memories of old timers in Sierra County. Born in California, the son of Spanish émigrés, Bojorquez was raised in Sonora where he learned the skills of a vaquero. Arriving in Sierra County in the 1880s, he rapidly established himself as a top hand on local ranches and in regional “cowboy contests” where he pitted his roping and riding skills against the best cowboys in the southwest.
The respect that made him the wagon boss on large ranches employing Texas cowboys also propelled him into political office as county commissioner, state representative and finally, county sheriff. Known for his firm hand and equally gentle nature, Francisco Bojorquez left his mark. A corrido (ballad) celebrating his life states that “Porque aqui havia Baqueros, De lo bueno a lo major” (Because here we have cowboys, of the good, he was the best”.
For the last 25 years, Laumbach has collected stories and photographs of Bojorquez and his life and times. This presentation will present Bojorquez’ story as developed from archival research and interviews with friends and family.
Laumbach has pursued an archaeological career in southern New Mexico since 1974. A graduate of New Mexico State University, he spent nine years directing projects for the NMSU contract archaeology program before joining Human Systems Research, Inc. (HSR) in 1983. After serving as Executive Director of the organization for 10 years, he now serves as Associate Director and is Principal Investigator for wide variety of projects. His research interests are varied, including land grant research in his native northeastern New Mexico, the pueblo archaeology of southern New Mexico, and the history and archaeology of the Apache.