Baldy, Colfax County, New Mexico, 1900 Settlers

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Baldy is about 12 miles northeast of Eagle Nest. A postoffice was established in 1888 and discontinued in 1926. In 1866 a member of the Ute Tribe showed W.H. Kroenig and William H. Moore (stationed at Fort Union) rich copper deposits on Mt. Baldy. Kroenig and Moore staked the Mystic Lode mine. The same year they sent 3 men to do a work assessment on the mine. While camped on Willow Creek, one of them panned for and discovered gold. Although sworn to secrecy, the following Spring followed a stampede that fanned out into every gulch around Baldy Mountain. Nearly every ravine and creek bed west of Baldy Mountain yielded color. Some of the richest included: Grouse Gulch, Humbug, Gulch, Pine Gulch, Anniseta gulch, and Spanish Bar. In 1867, Mathew Lynch and Tim Foley discovered gold bearing quartz veins on the east slope of Baldy Mountain, The Aztec Lode. It is said to be the richest discovery of gold in the West.

The strike set off a boom and gave birth to: the short lived Virginia City, and the longer lived Elizabethtown (In 1870, the largest town in New Mexico) and mountain village of Baldy (elev. 10,000 feet).

Baldy was at its peak in the early 1880's. In 1897, Baldy claimed: 200 inhabitants, 12 mines, a public school, a Methodist church, general stores, saloons, a livery stable, 4 stamp mills, a blacksmith, tailor, barber, launderer, justice of the peace, a tlephone line to Springer.

By 1899, three million dollars of gold had been mined in the area. W. P. McIntyre, arived this year, and was convinced that a mother lode, lay deep inside the Mt. Baldy Mountain. He and his brother Alex McIntyre devoted the rest of their lives to digging a tunnel through the mountain, 2,000 feet below the peak. For 36 years two tunnels on opposite sides, ate into the mountain. W.P. McIntyre dies in 1930. Six years later, the tunnels almost met. They were within an inch of each other. They never found the mother lode they were looking for. In 1941, the buildings of the town were razed. Today, the only visible signs are: stone ruins, a chimney, mill foundations, mine tailing dumps, and a smelter slag pile. The site is part of the Philmont Boy Scout Ranch.

1900 Census

Source: 1900 US Census; Enumeration District 32. Precinct 2, Baldy, Colfax County, New Mexico. 15 June 1900

Arellano, Jose, March 1850, Placer Miner, New Mexico; Juanita, April 1845, Colorado;

Awald, J.L., February 1859, Quartz Miner, Texas;

Awald, L.F., June 1866, Day Laborer, Texas; Lissie, February 1873, Missouri; Alline, October 1894, Texas;

                  Letrice, October 1895, Texas; Ray, December 1896, Indian Territory;

Barauvau, Z*ygora, July 1853, Mine Manager, England,

Baruel, Henry, July 1842, Quartz Miner, France;

Biddle, Leopold, January, 1830, Quartz Miner, Germany;

Butler, L.F., May 1855, Mine Secretary, Pennsylvania;

Chaplain, L.L., July 1869, Farm Laborer, Pennsylvania;

Claunce, P.R., May 1871, Quartz Miner, Missouri;

Cor*mell, Margaret A., April 1883, New Mexico;

Conler, Charles H., August 1865, Blacksmith, Illinois; Maggie, December 1867, Missouri; Stuart R., Mar 1893, Missouri;

                   John H., November 1895, Missouri;

Dale, M.C., February 1856, Mill Right, Pennsylvania;

Davis, **, September 1874, Engineer, Michigan,

Dix, Willis, September 1854, Day Laborer, Indiana;

Finch (Finby), Harvey (Henry), Aug.1860, Quartz Miner, California;

Girske, B. W., January 1867, Placer Miner, Michigan;

Guilfoyle, G.E., April 1874, Quartz Miner, Illinois,

Hoorner (Houer or Krewer), Alleson, April 1863, New Mexico; William, October 1881, Day Laborer, New Mexico;

                 Charles C, December 1884, Day laborer, New Mexico; Mary L, March 1887, Samuel J. Feb 1889, New Mexico;

Hourst, Oskar, November 1882, Indian Territory;

Jackson, J., April 1825, Farmer, England; Joseph, May 1867, Farmer, Illinois; Thomas, December 1870, Farmer, Illinois;

                  Sara E., January 1873, Illinois; Lousie M., December 1874, Illinois; Agnes, May 1877, Illinois;

                  John C., June 1878, Farmer, Illinois; Allis (Allie), April 1880, Illinois;

James, John, April 1851, Quartz Miner, Ireland;

McCormick, Michael, May 1855, Prospector, Ireland;

Mead, E. L., May 1837, Placer Miner, New Hampshire; Addie C., June 1874, Virginia; Dalmar, August 1899, Virginia;

Miller, Daniel, June 1861, Prospector, Canada;

Montoya, Antonio, April 1858, Placer Miner, New Mexico;

Moseman, John, January 1834, Placer Miner, Germany; Calladonia, March 1856, New Mexico;

                  George, November 1876,  New Mexico; Lessie, August 1877, New Mexico; Sofia February 1880, New Mexico;

                  Maria, August 1886, New Mexico; Carolina, May 1889, New Mexico; William, June 1894, New Mexico;

                  Charles, June 1897, New Mexico; Josefina, June 1898, New Mexico;

Munroe, Alex, June 1860, Quartz Miner, Canada;

Olona, Benina, January 1888, New Mexico;

Osborn, Samuel, Jan.1862, Prospector, Indiana;

Peterson, Thomas, March 1840, Placer Miner, Sweden;

Railey, Beattere (Bestin), October 1875, Texas;

Railey, Mark H., December 1839, Farmer, Kentucky; Clementina A., October 1853, Iowa;

Rand (Baud), Clifton J., May 1842, Placer Miner, New Hampshire; Janice (Jannie), March 1863, New Mexico;

                   Lourie (Lousia) N., September 1877, New Mexico; Alphonso, March 1882, Placer Miner, New Mexico;

                  Joseph H, November 1888, New Mexico; Antoinette, April 1891, New Mexico; John B, Feb.1895, New Mexico;

                  Mary R., July 1896, New Mexico; Agusta C., August 1898, New Mexico;

Rockwell, William, March 1867, Quartz Miner, Colorado; Maria, March 1876, New Mexico; Ida, June 1896, New Mexico;

Ruibal (Roybal), Juan D., May 1851 (1857), Packer, New Mexico; Ruperta, January 1857, New Mexico;

                   Julia, February 1877, New Mexico; Frank, February 1884, Day Laborer, New Mexico;

                   Fred, December 1886, New Mexico; Peter, September, 1890, New Mexico;

Scott, W.C., Feb.1850, Mine Superintendent, Iowa;

Searle, A.W., Dec 1857, Mill Right, Illinois;

Shores, Howard B., August 1868, Wood chopper, North Carolina;

Slack, Roy, August 1878, Day Laborer, Kansas;

Slattery, Edward, Oct. 1853, Quartz Miner, Ireland;

Serves (Lerwes or Lewes), Lorenso (Lorence), April 1838, Farmer, Pennsylvania;

                      Cathren (Cesterian or Arthern) G., December 1814, Pennsylvania;

Swanson, J.A., October 1862, Quartz Miner, Sweden;

Tanner, John W., May 1859, Quartz Miner, Illinois;

Varges (Vargas), Francisco, February 1857, Mail Carrier, New Mexico; Caroline, March 1871, New Mexico;

                    Margarita, June 1892, New Mexico; Rumalita, December 1893, New Mexico

Vickrey, T. F., June 1874, Farmer, Missouri; Tessie, June 1876, Texas, Jimmy, September 1898, Texas;

                   Elizabeth, May 1844, Tennessee; Jim B., April 1880, Arkansas;

Wallace, A.C., June 1836, Quartz Miner, New York;

Weber, James, November 1866, Quartz Miner, Ireland; Annie, September 1869, Ireland;

                  John, November 1893, Illinois; James, October 1895, Illinois; Thomas, January 1898, Illinois;

Weinc*ob, R.C., Jan 1852, Day Laborer, Ohio; Maggie, January 1857, Iowa; Bessie B., January 1881, Scoolteacher, Iowa.

Welborne, Ray, April 1873, Quartz Miner, Nebraska;

West, George, July 1837, Prospector, Virginia;

Wilkinson, F.E., October 1847, Groceries Salesman, Indiana;