This week, in honor of New Mexico’s centennial, I am sharing stories that put Northeast New Mexico on the map.
Northeast New Mexico is home to a rare specimen (no, I’m not talking about my husband, although he qualifies). Capulin Volcano, considered the most perfect example of extinct volcanoes in North America, keeps a watchful eye over our part of the world.
In 1891, twenty-one years before New Mexico would become a state, 1,900 acres were withdrawn from public entry to protect the integrity of this scientifically important volcano.
President Woodrow Wilson, in 1916, declared Capulin Volcano a National Monument; in 1925, U.S. Congressman John F. Morrow is credited with securing funding to build the original road that took visitors to the top of the volcano.
With the idea of promoting Capulin Mountain as a must see tourist attraction, Homer Farr spent much of his life as Capulin Volcano’s custodian and the person who oversaw building the first road there. On Dec. 25, 1925, the road was finished and Homer drove the first car to the top.
Five states are visible from the top of Capulin Volcano along with area ranches, wildlife including bear, mule deer, roosting ladybugs and 73 species of birds. It’s also a great place for that windblown look as a breeze is ever present.
Next time you’re zooming across US 64/87 stop off at Capulin Volcano National Monument, while you’re at the top give a wave, a Morrow just might wave back.