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A Los Angeles Childhood - On The Road Again!
Monday, 11 July 2011 20:56

July 7th, Silver City: Martha and I prepare for the drive up to Santa Fe. It will take about 5 1/2 hours. We prepare a lunch for the road and head out. The scenic route takes us by towns with names like Hurley and Bayard. Now we are on Highway 152. I found out that the ridgeline in the Black Range runs 8500 ft. to 10,000 feet for about 4o of the 100 miles in the entire range straddling the Continental Divide. It boasts 17 hiking trails.

We'll stay on this road, through the cut hills of copper mines that have been worked since the 1800s when the Indians showed Lt Colonel Jose Manuel Carrasco the location in 1799. The first land title transfer was completed in 1804, Santa Rita del Colbra. Santa Rita no longer exists. They say if you were born in Santa Rita, you were born in space. They actually moved some of the houses and knocked down the others to dig for copper. The largest open copper mine is in Chile. The mine in Silver closed in 2008 and re-opened, 180 new workers were hired in January of this year by the Chino Copper Mines.

When I was a child we used sheets of copper, traced a design and with a tool pushed from the back to make a topographical picture. Mine were mostly of horse heads with the manes raised and then something put on to oxidize the front and steel wool was used to polish off the areas of higher elevation.

Then through Hillsboro to Truth or Consequences originally named Hot Springs, New Mexico. In 1950 Ralph Edwards, host of an NBC radio quiz show said that he would air the program from the first town that renamed itself after the show. He visited the town the first weekend in May for the next 50 years.

It's 10:30AM and a hawk glides high up looking for an early lunch. We are coming down into the Mimbres Valley where my friend Martha's family were born and grew up and where Martha and her cousins Arlene and Dominic have come back to live. Martha and Lupe in Silver City.  San Lorenzo and Mimbres with a City of Rocks Hotel have signs off the side of the road. We are climbing up into the Black Range, Gallino, and pull to the left to see Emery Point Vista. On a clear day you can see all the way down into the Lake. It is not clear because of the long distance haze from the Santa Fe fires or the remains of the ones in Arizona.

On our way back to Santa Fe we talk about a friendship that endures over 40 years. Return to read more.

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