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.

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White Signal

white signal view from white signal looking towards silver city a j brittain may 20 2011A view from White Signal looking towards Silver City. (The photograph was provided courtesy of Steve Douglas through Flickr, May 20, 2011.)

A small community in Grant County has its roots, like many other communities, in the mining industry. White Signal was initially named "White Quartz" by settlers with European heritage. On March 13, 1894, the Southwest Sentinel of Silver City reported that "What used formerly to be known as the White Quartz gold district adjoining the Cow springs district, is now being reorganized by the claim owners and has been named the White Signal district." Another news article – this one in the Deming Headlight on July 31, 1914 – noted that White Signal got its name from the white quartz dike [dyke] in the area. This news article indicated that "this white landmark was regarded as valueless, in a 'mining sense'..." until "copper ores [were found] a few feet below the surface." Gold and silver were also found, according to this news article, along with the copper.

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Montana Street

lake mcdonald glacier national park david mark pixabay november 20 2015 50Lake McDonald is the largest lake within the Glacier National Park in Montana. According to the National Park Service, this lake is ten miles long and nearly 500 feet deep. (The photograph was provided courtesy of David Mark through Pixabay, November 20, 2015.)

Lake McDonald is the largest lake within the Glacier National Park in Montana. According to the National Park Service, this lake is ten miles long and nearly 500 feet deep. (The photograph was provided courtesy of David Mark through Pixabay, November 20, 2015.)

Montana Street in Silver City gets its name from the State of Montana. In the Spanish language, "montaña" means "mountain." Much of western Montana is in the Rocky Mountain range. Please note that a roadway with a similar name, La Montana Drive, located to the southwest of the Town of Silver City, is named after a mountain in the area rather than the State of Montana.

The Glacier National Park is located within the borders of Montana. "Numerous Native American tribes utilized the area around and within what is now the park for hunting, fishing, ceremonies, and gathering plants," according to a statement from the National Park Service. "When the first [European]…explorers began arriving in the region, the Blackfeet controlled the prairies on the east side of Glacier [National Park], while the Salish, Pend d'Oreille, and Kootnei lived in the more forested west side."

Like a number of western states, including New Mexico, portions of Montana are governed by Native American nations. "The original 1855 Blackfeet Indian Reservation encompassed most of the northern half of the state of Montana," according to a statement from the Blackfeet Nation. "The present reservation is located in northwest Montana, bordered by Glacier National Park to the west and Canada to the north. Spanning 1.5 million acres, the Blackfeet reservation is one of the largest in the United States."

Prior to statehood, Montana was part of several different territories established by the Federal government. Hard to believe today, but the bulk of Montana used to be part of the Louisiana Territory and the Missouri Territory. At different times, parts of the state were also included in the Oregon Territory, the Washington Territory, the Nebraska Territory, and the Dakota Territory. In 1863, the lands now part of much of Montana, all of Idaho, and the bulk of Wyoming were consolidated together as Idaho Territory. Initially, this new territory was to be called "Montana Territory." Instead, "Idaho" was chosen as the new territory's name. The year later, the Montana Territory was created out of Idaho Territory. In 1873, a small spit of land where the border of Montana met the boundaries of Idaho and Wyoming – officially part of Dakota Territory – became part of Montana. The boundaries of Montana Territory became the borders of the State of Montana when it was admitted to the Union in 1889.

Montana has two nicknames, one official nickname and one likely more common nickname. Officially, Montana is the "Treasure State." That name originated from the various minerals – treasure – mined in the state. A more common nickname associated with Montana may be "Big Sky Country."

According to the Montana Department of Commerce, "In 1962, the State Highway Department was having a promotion and needed a name. One of the men working there had read a book called The Big Sky, written by a Montanan author, A. B. Guthrie, Jr. This book was about trapping and the outdoors. Mr. Guthrie gave the State Highway Department permission to use the name, and Montana has been 'Big Sky Country' ever since."

grizzly bear bozeman montana sage scott pixabay june 29 2017 50The grizzly bear is the state animal on Montana. This grizzly bear was seen near Bozeman, Montana. (The photograph was provided courtesy of Sage Scott through Pixabay, June 29, 2017.)

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thanksgiving november 22 2012 facebook jimmie and gene booth arenas valley photo by manda clair jost 50Thanksgiving in happier times in Grant County. Jimmie and Gene Booth (left to right) are seen here in Arenas Valley with namesake apple pies in 2012. Both are doing well this Thanksgiving. (The photograph was provided courtesy of Manda Clair Jost, November 22, 2012.)

Thanksgiving in Silver City and Grant County this year will be different from most other Thanksgiving celebrations that have been held in New Mexico in years past. But there was at least one year – during the Pandemic of 1918-1919 – when many in New Mexico and throughout the United States determined that Thanksgiving should be celebrated in private ways, among only close family members.

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roadrunner a j brittain flickr december 7 2014 walking on a wall 65The Roadrunner is used as a symbol of the New Mexico Lottery. Funds from this lottery help educate students at public colleges and universities throughout the State of New Mexico. (The photograph was provided courtesy of A J Brittain, December 7, 2014.)
The Chronicles Of Grant County has highlighted several aspects of how the Roadrunner is used as a symbol in New Mexico. From rail transport to a food bank, the Roadrunner is utilized to showcase elements of the Land of Enchantment. The New Mexico Lottery also uses the Roadrunner – both in its logo and as it sells Roadrunner Cash lottery tickets.

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veterans day 2020 dept of va 50

Today is the day that Americans are asked to recognize the service of all those who have served our nation in the United States military. Veterans Day is designed to honor men and women who are serving today in the United States military from Afghanistan to South Korea, the men and women who have served honorably from Da Nang to Seoul, and the men and women who rest today in cemeteries from Fort Bayard to Arlington. Some were drafted. Some volunteered.

We Honor All - Those who are serving today and those who have served in the past. Individuals in the Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, National Guard, Navy, and Space Force.

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roadrunner food bank logo 50Roadrunner Food Bank

The Roadrunner has been highlighted in previous editions of The Chronicles Of Grant County. Information about the bird as well as its use as a symbol have been detailed. In addition to its status as the State Bird of New Mexico, the Roadrunner is also used as a symbol and in the name of the largest food bank in the state.

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halloween children crossing the street silver city gnarly oak gypsy facebook october 31 2019 50In happier times last year, children were seen trick and treating in Silver City. (The photograph was provided courtesy of Gnarly Oak Gypsy through Facebook, October 31, 2019.)

You've likely heard leaders of all stripes declare that "We have never seen anything like this before" or "We've never had to deal with a situation like this" when referring to the Covid-19 Pandemic. Technically, leaders saying such statements are correct – they, personally; we, ourselves – have not "seen anything like this before" and "we've never had to deal with a situation like this."

But this type of situation has occurred before. We – as a nation – have had to deal with pandemics before.

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roadrunner rail runner express steve glischinski july 23 2018 flickr 65 photo one"A thunderstorm is rumbling over the mountains in the distance as a New Mexico Rail Runner commuter train heads south, north of Albuquerque," stated Steve Glischinski. See the next photo to view Mother Nature in action. (The photograph was provided courtesy of Steve Glischinski through Flickr, July 23, 2018.)

Roadrunners are not only speedy critters throughout much of New Mexico. The state bird of New Mexico can also be seen in a public transit system. The Roadrunner is utilized in the name and signage for the New Mexico Rail Runner Express passenger rail service.

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