History   “That’s why they call it the Old West”


Where Adventure and History Merge — Concho Hills Guest Ranch


Elk Cave, where Paleo-Indians lived
Capt. Jack Crawford 1881, a True West hero of the Old West.
An old west cowtown, W. Main Street, Magdalena, ca 1900s

Part of the adventure at Concho Hills is being at the places where people have performed, or caused, events significant to us in the present.  Be they famous or infamous, or perhaps just people taking risks and enduring hardships we admire, the area around Concho Hills Guest Ranch is where a lot of the true west occurred. Many people, lived, struggled, fought, and died passing their stories, lessons, and traditions down to us. We hope you will enjoy sharing this old west heritage with us at Concho Hills Guest Ranch.  In these pages we will give a glimpse of some of the people, places, and events that made this area notable in western history.  You may have heard about them from movies, television, or a favorite book.  Ride where they rode, and stand where they lived.  Imagine what it must have been like in those times!  With so much western heritage in the area, it is little wonder that Concho Hills was awarded Best Heritage Guest Ranch by True West Magazine. Each article is well referenced allowing you to read more in depth if you choose.  Come step back in time with us.

Note: This effort is a continuing process.  Items will be added as time allows. Just click on a person, place or event below (highlighted in turquoise) to be taken to the story behind the name.  Enjoy!

Note:  Many of the photographs on these pages will be from the J.E. Smith Collection.   Prints of these photographs are available in varying sizes, on archival paper or canvas, from The Alamo Gallery and Gifts in Socorro, New Mexico or from Concho Hills Guest Ranch.


Magdalena Railroad

Last Cattle Drive