2018 10 11 Chama (October 11, 2018)|
|Travel on Cumbres - Toltec National Historic Landmark for a 64-mile |
trip on a narrow gauge steam powered train.
2018 10 15 Salmon Ruins (October 15, 2018)|
1877, Peter Milton Salmon and his family moved west from Indiana to claim a homestead, located just west of Salmon Ruins. Later, in the early 1890s, his son, George Salmon, claimed his homestead on land adjacent to his father's, which contained the ancient ruin. The ruins stayed in family ownership, generally, until 1956. Purchased by San Juan County in 1964, the acreage was immediately placed on a $1 per year, 100 year lease to the San Juan County Museum Association. That same Association is the non-profit, independent 501(c)3 organization that operates the museum and site today.
2018 10 16 Bolack Museums (October 16, 2018)|
The B-Square Ranch is a 12,000 acre lifelong commitment of Tom and Tommy Bolack and is a private wildlife refuge, working farm and ranch, and home of two museums.
Some 15,000 year-round and 100,000 wintering waterfowl call it home. Also in abundance are deer, pheasant, quail, hawks, eagles, and owls along with cattle, sheep, pigeons and turkeys. Seven man man made lakes covering some 75 acres also contain crappie, bas, and catfish.
The Bolack Museum of Fish and Wildlife was built by and dedicated to Tom Bolack by the Bolack family. It is one of the largest private collections of it's type in the world today with over 2,500 specimens. The collection from five continents gives visitors a change to view animas in their natural setting and to appreciate the beauty in nature's animal kingdom. (Photos 1-188)
The Bolack Electromechanical Museum is a forty-year collection by Tommy Bolack and was opened in 1990. Antique electrical, radio, communication, industrial and agricultural artifacts are on permanent display. (Photos 189-373)
2018 10 19 Chaco Canyon NHP (October 19, 2018)|
In recognition of its rich archaeological resources, Chaco Culture NHP is listed in the National Register of Historic Places and was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987. Chaco’s national and international significance is based on its approximately 4,000 prehistoric and historic archaeological sites, representing more than 10,000 years of human cultural history in Chaco Canyon. These sites document:
Evidence of a civilization that flourished between the 9th and 13th centuries and attained remarkable achievements in architecture, agriculture, social complexity, engineering, astronomy, and economic organization.
Chaco “great houses” -- the largest, best preserved, and most complex prehistoric architectural structures in North America. Sixteen great houses are interpreted within the park.
A regional system of communities, centered in Chaco Canyon and linked by prehistoric road and trade networks throughout the San Juan Basin.
120 years of archaeological and anthropological research in the park that has yielded a systematic record of the lifeways and environment of the region's former inhabitants, and resulted in the accumulation of more than 1.5 million artifacts and archival documents that are curated for purposes of furthering scientific inquiry and public education.
In addition to its archaeological legacy, Chaco Culture NHP preserves other links to the past and to the natural landscape throughcontemporary American Indian descendants of Chaco Canyon, whose traditional oral histories tell of their time in Chaco Canyon and who value it today for its spiritual connection to their past.
A remote location that offers outstanding opportunities to enjoy solitude, natural quiet, clear air, starlit night time skies, and panoramic vistas of the scenic sandstone outcrops into which Chaco Canyon is carved.
The largest long-term protected natural area in northwestern New Mexico, which encompasses relatively undisturbed examples of floral and faunal communities within the Colorado Plateau ecosystem, and offers unparalleled opportunities to conserve the region’s biodiversity and monitor its environmental quality.