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Old 03-09-2014, 01:58 PM   #1
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Old 03-09-2014, 06:32 PM   #8
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Wow. Lots of questions but let's start with these two. Was this a training facility of some military type? The things on the table by the cooking oil container, were they dried meat? Very interesting pictures.
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Wow. Lots of questions but let's start with these two. Was this a training facility of some military type? The things on the table by the cooking oil container, were they dried meat? Very interesting pictures.
Yes, it's one of a few abandoned military training facilities out here. The meat, veggies and eggs are all plastic.
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Old 03-09-2014, 06:42 PM   #10
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Hey RE, I'm a history buff. I found this in the El Paso Historical Museum collection.



Zork Hardware still exist in the form of "Wye Hardware" which is the holding company for the Ace Hardwares in El Paso. They started business in 1875.
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Old 03-09-2014, 06:52 PM   #11
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Hey RE, I'm a history buff. I found this in the El Paso Historical Museum collection.



Zork Hardware still exist in the form of "Wye Hardware" which is the holding company for the Ace Hardwares in El Paso. They started business in 1875.

Awesome! Thanks for looking that up, I Googled it but didn't come up with any results. I know 'Old Hachita' shut down/moved 8 miles to the east when the railroad was built in the late 1880's so that helps give that water tank a time frame.
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Excerpts about the Railroad taken from the Grant County Historical Record (Warning, it's long but interesting);

On June 25th, 1901, Phelps Dodge Corporation formed the El Paso and Southwestern Railroad Company. The property of the Arizona and Southeastern Railroad, also owned by Phelps Dodge Corp. which ran from Benson Arizona to Douglas Arizona was transferred into the El Paso and Southwestern Railroad.

Plans were then made to extend the El Paso and Southwestern Railroad from Douglas, eastward to El Paso, Texas. When the route was being laid out across southwestern New Mexico, it crossed the Playas Valley, through a low pass just north of the Little Hatchet Mountains and eastward into the Hachita Valley.

Dr. James Douglas, a prominent figure with Phelps Dodge Corp, persuaded the Arizona and New Mexico Railroad (where he served on the board of directors) to build a line from Lordsburg, New Mexico southeast into the Hachita Valley to intersect with the proposed El Paso and Southwestern Railroad.

This railroad was to be the Lordsburg and Hachita Railroad. The southern end of the Lordsburg and Hachita Railroad would terminate at a location in the center of the Hachita Valley at a point along the El Paso and Southwestern. The intersection of these two railroads was to be the site of Hachita Junction.

About seven miles to the west in the foothills of the Little Hatchet Mountains, a mining camp built several years earlier also carried the name Hachita. Many residents of this mining camp moved to the new town of Hachita after it was built. Only individuals critical to mining operation remained and the old town was known as “Old Hachita” Their old town has been called “Old Hachita” ever since. Old Hachita continued its mining operation into the 1920’s and when copper prices dropped, the mines shut down and the town became a true ghost town.

The two story Hachita Hotel was established to put up travelers for the night. A boarding room and dining hall were opened a block from the hotel. Other services like; a blacksmith shop, Livery stables, a saddle and bookmaker, and a barbershop were also opened. And of course saloons, there were several saloons to wet ones whistle. This was still a hot and dusty village. This town had become quite a bustling community and the center of activity for ranchers and miners for miles around. Wagonloads of ore were brought to town for shipment on the railroad. Cattle were herded from nearby ranches into the stockyards about a mile west of town in preparation for shipment.

On August 3, 1912, the approximately 800 residents of Colonia Diaz, a Mormon community located about 80 miles south of Hachita, fearing for their lives packed up whatever belongings they could and fled Mexico, arriving at Hachita a few days later. The U.S. military and the Mormon Church headquarters in Salt Lake City, Utah assisted in supplying tents, food and other supplies and this group established a camp just north of Hachita, naming it “Poverty Flats”. The original residents of Hachita had mixed feelings over their new neighbors and their practice of polygamy (plural wives). Most of the Mormons only stayed temporally, leaving when the U.S. government offered each refugee a free railroad ticket for travel anywhere in the country to resettle. A handful of the refugees stayed on to become permanent residents of Hachita and moved into town, abandoning the tent city known as Poverty Flats.

By 1920, Hachita reached the height of its prosperity. The population was around 775 residents, 4 passenger trains a day, two in each direction, several freight trains a day passed through town. After the troops from Camp Shannon were transferred out, and the height of the great depression hit, the population of Hachita slowly began to dwindle. The mines at nearby Old Hachita and in the Little Hatchet Mountains closed because of the drop in silver prices. During World War II the town had a slight increase in prosperity when the prices of metals went up slightly, and more movement of freight and troops passed through town.

During the war, many of Hachita’s young men left to fight, and saw no reason to return to the dusty desert town. After World War II the country’s freight business for the railroad dwindled significantly with the improvement of State and Interstate highways being constructed. Most freight was then shipped by truck rather than by the railroad. Passenger train business was also dwindling due to more modern airplane passenger service. In 1934 the Lordsburg and Hachita Railroad stopped rail service to Hachita. Through out the 1950’s freight and passenger service was reduced on the El Paso and Southwestern Railroad and finally in 1961 the last train rolled through town.

Today, only a handful of the houses are lived in. A gas station and the old Hachita Saloon remains the saloon closed for the final time in 1989. Today this community is just a crossroads in the desert
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Old 03-09-2014, 09:11 PM   #14
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I wish! The Marauder is actually just a dummy made for target practice. Actual CAT motor inside, new tires including spare ($1200 each by the way), seats in the interior and Oshkosh suspension. Put together at the tax payers dime just to blow up.
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Thanks for the history Charlie. I was familiar with some of that but not the Mormon aspect of it. Cool stuff!
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