Otero, Colfax County, New Mexico, 1880 Settlers
Otero was located 5 miles south of the present location of Raton. The Post Office was established in 1879 and discontinued in 1880. Nothing is left of Otero, the town for a short time was at the end of the railroad track for the Atcheson, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad that came in New Mexico. When the tracks reached Otero in 1879, a festive celebration was held honoring New Mexico Territorial Governor, Miguel A. Otero, for whom the town was named.
For a few months, Otero was abusy rrailroad town, and when the division point aof the railroad was moved to Raton, the people and the town moved to Raton. Many houses, some of which are still standing in 2010, were physicallly moved to Raton.
Although the town was short lived, it claimed: a newspaper, the Otero Optic (now the Las Vegas Optic), first printed on May 22 ,1879; a popular dancehall; a jail.
1880 US Census
Source: 1880 US Census; Precinct 6, Enumeration District 7: 10 June 1880.
(The names in parenthesis are a second opinion to the sometimes hard to read handwriting)
There is nothing left of this town, which was south of Raton, just west of Clifton. When the tracks of the Atcheson, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad reached Otero in 1879, it was the end of the line in New Mexico for the railroad at the time. A celebration was held honoring Miguel Otero, the New New Mexico Territory Delegate to the US Congress, for whom the town was named. The town and the people moved to where Raton is now, less than a year later.
Places of Birth: New Mexico (6); Total Others (44).
Total Others = Arkansas (1); Colorado (1); Georgia (4); Idaho (1); Illinois (2); Iowa (1); Kansas (1);
Louisiana (1); Maryland (1); Missouri (7); Ohio (5); Pennsylvania (2); Tennessee (6); Texas (3); Utah (1);
Virginia (1); Canada (1); Ireland (1); Switzerland (4);
Occupations: Tie Hauler (4); Tie Cutter (3); Tie Receiver (1); Tie Contractor (1); Blacksmith (1); Carpenter (1);
Civil Engineer (1); Boarding House Keeper (1); Telegraph Operator (1); Teamster (1); Postmaster (1);
Quartz Miner (1); Store Keeper (3); Mail Carrier (1); Raises horses (1); Cattle raiser (1); Doctor (1);
Bishop, Albert, 1828, Tie Hauler, Switzerland; Annie, 1829, Switzerland; Frederick, 1856, Tie Hauler, Switzerland;
Otto, 1858, Tie Hauler, Switzerland; Albert, 1864, Tie Hauler, Utah; Emma, 1866, Idaho;
Bryant, John B. 1840, Carpenter, Missouri; Sarah K., 1849, Iowa; Stephen L., 1871, Texas; Lucy, 1877, Colorado;
Claiborne, William J. 1847, Civil Engineer, Louisiana; Lucy, 1860, Tennessee;
Cook, William M., 1850, Tie Cutter, Georgia;
Dalton, W.V., 1833, Boarding House Keeper, Tennessee; Melvina I. 1833, Tennessee;
Hampton, William, 1858, Tie Cutter, Georgia;
Harney (Harvey), C. E., 1858, Telegraph Operator for the RailRoad, Illinois;
Letton (Tetton), Reuben P., 1819, Cattle Raiser, Maryland; P.M., 1824, Missouri; William, 1853, Sheep Raiser; (Mo);
Finis, 1857, Missouri; Mary K., 1868, Missouri;
McDonald, Michael, 1844, Teamster, Ireland;
McElroy, George W., 1851, Otero Postmaster, Pennsylvania;
McLaughlin, George R., 1837, Quartz Miner, Ohio; Flora, 1848, Ohio; Thomas P., 1874, Missouri;
Asiatic M., 1877, New Mexico; Georgia E., July 1879, New Mexico;
McMartin, M.A., 1838, Dry Goods Store Keeper, Canada;
McNaul, William, 1855, Receiving Ties, Ohio;
Moore, F.T., 1838, Grocery Store Keeper, Illinois;
Overstreet, B.L., 1852, Mail Carrier, Tennessee;
Pace, George I., 1844, Grocery Store Keeper, Pennsylvania;
Robbins, S.W., 1840, Tie Contractor, Ohio;
Runyon, James H. 1845, Blacksmith, Ohio; Mary, 1857, Georgia; Herman D, 1873, Tennessee; Mabel, 1877, Tennessee;
Mary, February 1880, New Mexico;
Stockton, Thomas L., 1832, Raises Horses, Tennessee; Margie (Marzie) E., 1846, Arkansas; William I., 1864, Texas;
Hayden R. 1866 Texas; Minnie L. 1868 New Mexico; Thomas L. 1872, (NM); Ettie 1874 (NM);
Sullivan, S.S., 1858, Tie Cutter, Georgia;
Washington, C.A., 1839, Physician and Surgeon, Virginia; Laura, 1859, Kansas;