Centennial stories, day 3

This week, in honor of New Mexico’s centennial, I am sharing stories that put Northeast New Mexico on the map (or in this case, nearly took it off!).

Folsom, NM was a bustling town with the largest stockyards north of Fort Worth, TX until a flood wiped out the town on Aug. 27, 1908.

Folsom central operator, Sally Rooke, is credited with saving many, many lives that day.  Even after several warnings to seek higher ground, Sally stayed at the telephone switchboard to warn others.

Ultimately, her body was found 12 miles down the Dry Cimarron River.  Some say she was still holding her headset in her hand.  Most of the buildings, livestock and 16 others were also washed down the river that day.

Folsom, as a town, never really recovered from the flood and is considered a ghost town. Today, a handful of families live there and many more receive their mail in the little town located just northeast of the Morrow Ranch.

Annually in September, the Folsom Museum hosts the Capulin Volcano Run, a fundraiser to support the historical preservation of the area.  (It’s a half-marathon beginning at 7000 feet with the highest point at the rim of the volcano–8100 feet, wow!)

Folsom Museum, formerly Doherty Mercantile. Photo courtesy http://www.claytonnewmexico.net

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