The Chronicles of Grant County

This column will feature items that relate somehow to Grant County - the name of a street in the case of the first one, and maybe other streets, or the name of a building or whatever catches the fancy of the contributor, Richard Donough. Readers are encouraged to send him topics of interest to them, so he can do the research and write an article.

easter bunny virginia state parks lawn at karlan mansion wilderness road state park 2016 65The Easter Bunny is seen here visiting the Wilderness Road State Park in Virginia in 2016. (The photograph was provided courtesy of the Virginia State Parks.

 The Chronicles Of Grant County is now able to confirm that the Easter Bunny is coming to town this weekend (and next weekend).

In an exclusive interview, the Easter Bunny detailed the upcoming visits to children in communities throughout the world.

"As an essential worker, I have a responsibility to bring joy to the young and to the young-at-heart," stated the Easter Bunny. "I look forward to visiting Silver City and Grant County."

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cdc zombie poster 50This zombie poster was provided courtesy of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

As you view and listen to officials with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the United States Department of Homeland Security, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the United States military, and other governmental officials discuss the current pandemic, you may not be aware that these same governmental entities have been actively planning for a different type of health emergency.

A zombie invasion of the United States, including Grant County.

Yes, zombies.

The Waves Of Disease

cdc graph pandemic of 1918 1919“There were 3 different waves of illness during the pandemic, starting in March 1918 and subsiding by summer of 1919,” according to the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “The pandemic peaked in the United States during the second wave, in the fall of 1918. This highly fatal second wave was responsible for most of the U.S. deaths attributed to the pandemic.” (This graph was provided courtesy of the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.)

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view of gila wilderness from near route 152 u s fish and wildlife service june 4 2016 jessie jobsThis is a view of the Gila Wilderness. (The photograph was produced by Jessie Jobs and was provided courtesy of the U S Fish and Wildlife Service, June 4, 2016.)

Do you ever want to get away from everything? Put aside your day-to-day life?

Consider going back to the wilderness where the noise of car engines is replaced by the sounds of birds and water flowing through rivers.

rio tinto diamonds smithsonian museum 9 9 2014 courtesy of rio tinto diamonds 50The photograph was provided courtesy of Rio Tinto Diamonds through the Smithsonian Institution, September 9, 2014.These are some of the rough diamonds donated to the National Gem and Mineral Collection of the Smithsonian Institution by Rio Tinto in 2014. “The gift [included] 500 carats of rough diamonds from Rio Tinto’s Argyle Diamond Mine in the remote northwest region of Australia,” noted a news statement from the Smithsonian Institution. “Rough diamonds consist of diamonds in their natural state after they are mined, prior to polishing. Smithsonian researchers at the National Museum of Natural History plan to study the gems, which include rare, pink diamonds, to better understand the geological history of the planet.” 

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Impact of Influenza 

nurse wearing a mask while getting water national archives september 13 1918 65A nurse wearing a mask to get water on September 13, 1918. (The photo was provided courtesy of the National Archives and Records Administration.)

Influenza is now a daily news story for many Americans. The “regular” flu season is well underway. Each year, many Americans get sick and a number die annually from the flu.

pinyon pine cone national park service parashant national monument 65“A pine cone sticky with resin displays pine nuts on a two-needle Pinyon Pine,” according to the National Park Service. (The photo, taken at the Parashant National Monument, was provided by the National Park Service.) A tree with multiple names and different spellings is well known throughout Grant County and New Mexico.

The Piñon Pine (also known as the “Pinyon Pine”) Tree is the state tree of New Mexico.

This tree provides the source of the names for Pinon Street in Santa Clara as well as Pinon Lane and Pinon Street in Silver City. In addition, there is the Pinon Loop Trail in the Gila National Forest.

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ulysses s grant library of congress cold harbor virginia june of 1864 50General Ulysses S. Grant as seen during the  American Civil War in Cold Harbor, Virginia. (The photo was provided courtesy of the Library of Congress, 1864.)

While most area residents know that Grant County was named after Ulysses S. Grant, few may realize that it was General Ulysses S. Grant, not President Grant, for which the county was named.

When the county was created by the New Mexico Territorial Legislature in 1868, Grant was not yet President. At that time, he had just finished serving as the Acting Secretary of War in the administration of President Andrew Johnson. It was during the following year that General Grant began serving as the President of the United States.

The “S,” by the way, is for “Simpson.”