The Raton Museum is excited to have been able to help the authors with research. And now be a part of the book release with a Book Signing April 21, 2022 6:30pm. Come out and meet Tucker and Trevor.



The Raton Museum is CLOSING temporarily in an effort to contain the spread of the COVID-19 starting Thursday, March 19th.

We believe that we must do all we can do to ensure the safe and healthy environment for our community which at this time calls for us to minimize gatherings.

We look forward to announcing when we will be able to welcome visitors and programing back to the Museum.

Be SAFE and please follow guidelines as detailed on the CDC website.


Happy Holidays from The Raton Museum

Admission Fee $3.00

Month of December 2017

Hours:  Wed – Sat  10:am – 4:pm

The Raton Museum is offering you a discounted rate for admission during the month of December.  With the hustle & bustle of the season we invite everyone to stop by.

Relax, Reflect, and Make Moments Matter. 

Memories you make will be with you and your loved ones forever.

Wishing you old fashioned pleasures, happy memories and all the joys of the season.



October 18 – November 15

Upstairs Gallery

FREE ADMISSION for Veterans and Active Duty


The Raton Museum invites you to Honor our American Heroes

The annual display of Hall of Heroes is now open and will remain open through November 15, 2017 located in the Upstairs Gallery of the Raton Museum; in Raton’s historic district; 108 South Second St., Raton, New Mexico

All Active Duty personnel and Veterans will be admitted FREE of CHARGE during the exhibit run.

Open House – Reception to be held on

Saturday, November 11, 2017       


Please join us in Honoring our Heroes



“A STICH IN TIME” Hosted by The Raton Museum and The Willow Springs Quilt Guild is on display now at The Raton Museum.

Wednesday – Saturday 10:00am to 4:00pm Upstairs Gallery

Join us for HI TEA February 11, 2017 at 3:00pm

Hats and Gloves optional…but wouldn’t it be fun to flaunt them!



The Bill of Rights and You

Raton,New Mexico…On January 11,2017, the Raton Museum will host a new pop-up exhibition from the National ArchivesThe Bill of Rights and You, commemorating the 225th anniversary of the ratification of this landmark document. The Bill of Rights and You spotlights one of the most remarkable periods in American history, explores the origins of the first ten amendments to the U.S. Constitution (collectively known as the Bill of Rights), illustrates how each amendment protects U.S. citizens, and looks at how Americans exercise the rights outlined in the amendments. The Bill of Rights and You invites visitors to connect directly with the people, places, and events that mark this historic document’s evolution.  This exhibit runs through March 4,2017. 

The Bill of Rights and You co-curator Jennifer Johnson states:

“The Bill of Rights represents the Founder’s vision that it would be the people, through votes, that could change the Constitution with enough consensus. And when the people desired a Bill of Rights, our first ten amendments were added to our governing charter.”

Educational activities and resources are available for schools and organizations that are interested in coordinating study plans with this exhibition.  Contact the Raton Museum to schedule your trip.  The Raton Museum is open Wednesday – Saturday, 10:00am to 4:00pm Phone # 575-445-8979, email, website

The Bill of Rights and You is organized by the National Archives and Records Administration, and traveled by the National Archives Traveling Exhibits Service (NATES). This exhibition was developed in collaboration with the National Archives’ National Outreach Initiative to commemorate the 225th Anniversary of the Bill of Rights. The exhibition is presented in part by AT&T, Seedlings Foundation, and the National Archives Foundation.

This exhibit is brought to you in collaboration with the New Mexico Humanities Council and the Federation of State Humanities Councils.


Christmas Memories: Remembering Christmases Past

The Raton Museum is pleased to offer another installment of FACEs and PLACEs this exhibit includes photographs from the “Robert Campbell Collection”; and the “Raton Public Service Co. Collection”.  Christmas cards, ornaments and toys from the Raton Museum collection will be also be on display.

Christmas Memories will be on exhibit in our Gallery    December 7, 2016 –  January 7,2017

Winter Hours: Wednesday – Saturday  10-4                        


The Raton Museum: 78 Years Preserving History

We are taking this opportunity to thank the many volunteers that have given of their time in support of our organization. To the artists, individuals, museums and organizations that have partnered with us to bring interesting programming to our patrons.

Because of your membership, contributions, and dedicated volunteerism; the rich history, culture and exciting past of our area is being told, preserved and honored. 

Thank You

A special acknowledgment to former Trustees . Terry Bumpass and Rhonda Taillon for their years of service, dedication and commitment to preserving our history.


ERNIE PYLE – Bringing The World To America’s Doorstep A Performance By Baldwin G. Burr

The Raton Museum Presents

ERNIE PYLE – Bringing The World To America’s Doorstep

A Performance By

Baldwin G. Burr

Ernie Pyle was an American journalist known for his columns written as a roving correspondent both before and during World War II. He reported from Europe and the Pacific, and was killed in 1945 on the Japanese Island of Ie Shima.   Ernie pioneered the “On the Road” style of narrative journalism, and journeyed around the world specializing in telling the stories of everyday folks.  Ernie Pyle especially loved the southwestern United States, and lived briefly in Albuquerque, in the only house he and his wife Jerry ever owned. The house became the first branch of the Albuquerque Public Library, and is still in use today.  This performance reviews Ernie’s career as a journalist and his role in informing those on the WWII home front about the life of the common soldier.                              

The setting for this performance is the South Pacific island of Ie Shima, part of the Okinawa chain of islands.  It is mid-morning on Wednesday, April 18, 1945.  Correspondent Ernie Pyle is in a tent, awaiting the arrival of a jeep that will take him and the commanding officer of the unit he is covering to the front to observe troop movements.

At the end of the performance, the audience will have the opportunity to join Dame Vera Lynn in singing the iconic World War II song “We’ll Meet Again”.



Gate City Music Festival Presented by Pepsi

Nestled against the mesas of the southern Rockies along the Santa Fe Trail, Raton, New Mexico at 6680 ft. is the perfect spot to enjoy fabulous music, scenic vistas, blue skies, and a taste of the Southwest…  So take a break and come join us!

For More Information Call:
Raton MainStreet 575-445-2052
Raton City Hall 575-445-9551
Solano’s Boots and Western Wear 575-445-2632

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Featuring Multiple Grammy Nominated Singer, Songwriter & Producer :
Deana Carter
With Special Guests:
Crystal Yates
Tom Faulkner
Nicole Unser
Matt Campbell
Ben Marshall Band

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Featuring award winning mariachi vocalist Antonio Reyna
With special guests:
Mariachi Flores Mexicanas
Trio los Amigos

The weekend will be filled with entertainment for all:

Street Fair hosted by Raton MainStreet
Vendors, booths and lots of live music outdoors and indoors


LAS CRUCES — It may not be from New Mexico originally, but it has made quite an impression since it arrived.

Chile is the subject of a fun and educational exhibit created at the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Museum in Las Cruces in 2010. Titled “Red or Green?” The Origins and Cultural Significance of the Chile Pepper in New Mexico, the exhibit was also displayed in the Governor’s Gallery at the New Mexico State Capitol in Santa Fe for five months beginning in December 2012. The exhibit’s next stop will be at The Raton Museum in Raton, New Mexico, where it will be on display beginning in July 2015.

The fun and educational exhibit focuses on New Mexico chile varieties, their history and evolution, and how they came to have such a central place in the state’s culture.

“A major theme of the exhibit is how chile became such an integral part of New Mexico without being native,” said Cameron Saffell, formerly the historian for the Museum and a curator of the exhibit. “It’s a part of three state symbols, there are festivals all over the state, and now we have the state’s Green Chile Cheeseburger Trail.”

The state Legislature named the chile as a state vegetable in 1965 and designated Red or Green?” as the state question in 1996, in reference to whether you prefer red or green chile on your food.

The exhibit traces the origins of the chile and how the Spanish brought the plant to the American Southwest in the early 1600s. It features the emergence of regional production centers such as Hatch and Chimayo, and the development of specific varieties by researchers such as Fabian Garcia at New Mexico A&MA College in the early 1900s.

Following the historical section, the exhibit focuses on how the chile became a key component of New Mexico culture – both as a cuisine and as a symbol.




Protected on three sides by mountains, Raton is cradled by Mother Nature herself in beauty, freshness and simplicity that time cannot erase.  It has a heritage that lifts the heads of its inhabitants even above the lofty mountain peaks.  It is indeed “The Gate City”.

 Father Stanley

Published in the “THE LAND OF SUNSHINE “(1904)


Tourists are welcomed.  New Mexico has superb mountain scenery, quiet and picturesque valleys, unparalleled historic and prehistoric attractions.  It is the land of the Cliff Dwellers; of the Pueblo Indians; of the Indian dances; of the Conquistadores; of towns and buildings older than the oldest historic monuments of any other part of the United States; of the scenery grand and unique; and to the sportsman it offers good hunting and excellent fishing.

Published in the “THE LAND OF SUNSHINE “(1904)


75th Anniversary Level Membership Reception

Join us on May 3rd at 2:00pm for a special private reception and viewing of The Raton Museum newest acquisitions. The Board will also unveil details about exciting upcoming events. This event is for all 75th Anniversary Level Members to attend. To become a 75th Anniversary Level Member all you need is to pay a membership fee of $75.00. Current Museum members can upgrade your membership to the 75th Anniversary Level for only $45.00. For more information please contact the Museum.




By Larada Horner-Miller Illustrated by: J.R. Gilstrap

The Raton Museum will host a presentation by author Larada Horner-Miller and a book signing of “This Tumbleweed Landed” on Thursday, April 16th at 2PM.

Growing up as a member of a ranching family in Branson, a small town in southeastern Colorado, provided author Larada Horner-Miller a treasure-trove of stories, characters, and emotional moments that make up her touching memoir, This Tumbleweed Landed. This collection of poems and prose transports readers back to rural America during the fifties and sixties, to one idyllic, tight-knit community in particular. Each of the book’s eight sections weaves a nostalgic yarn that tells of playtimes with friends and neighbors, favorite hiding places, living without a telephone for the first eleven years of life, and the touching memories of growing up in a ranching community. Whether it is Saturday night dances or hot days working with 4-H at the county fair, the poems and pages roll along like a tumbleweed in search of a place to land. Readers will find themselves longing to go back to this very specific time and place, whether they actually experienced it in their own lives or not.

Read about this daddy’s little girl and her adventures that mold and shape her formative years. Where will this tumbleweed land, and what kind of woman will she be when she finally arrives?

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Located within The Raton Museum;  The internet access is for the convenience of visitors to the Historic District, and the Museum patrons. The Raton Museum wants to thank Baca Valley Telephone & Sierra Communications for their generous sponsorship. Together the Museum and Baca Valley will diffuse the awareness of the art, history and culture of Raton and Northeastern New Mexico.




For the past 68 years the Raton Lions Club has braved the elements and climbed the hills in Climax Canyon to put up the “City of Bethlehem” display for all to see.

Originally started as a small Nativity scene placed on the Court House lawn in 1946. The praise and response to this small scene was so great that in 1947 a large Nativity scene was constructed and erected in Climax Canyon and displayed by flood lights. By 1948 additional scenes were constructed and set up in the canyon. The “City of Bethlehem” now consists of eighteen different sequence sets and is lighted annually each night through New Year’s and is viewed by thousands of people each year.

The City of Bethlehem in Climax Canyon


Roger Sanchez has been apart of the Raton Museum family for over 20 years. His knowledge of Raton, Colfax County and the surrounding area has been a great asset to not only The Raton Museum but also to the thousands of visitors he has greeted at the Museum over the years.

Roger wants to share more of his knowledge with you! “ROGER THAT” is a series of posts featuring fun facts, history and trivia about Raton and the surrounding area. Please check back for new installments of ROGER THAT!



Porter and Ike Stockton: Colorado and New Mexico Border Outlaws

by Michael R. Maddox


This is the first book which tells the full story of Porter and Ike Stockton and the turmoil which resulted in their violent deaths nine months and forty miles apart in the Animas River valley of northwest New Mexico and southwest Colorado in 1881. Before that happened the brothers lived in Colfax County, where Porter Stockton was indicted for three murders. One of those murders was witnessed by Doc Holliday. This fact has never been published elsewhere. This is a 530 page book which includes two chapters dealing almost exclusively with events in Colfax County during the 1870s. The book includes previously unpublished information about the early history Cimarron, the hell on wheels railroad camp of Otero and other areas of Colfax County. It also describes the establishment of the cattle industry in Colfax County. My presentation will focus heavily on the early cattlemen and cowboys of Colfax County.

The book — Publisher – Michael R. Maddox – Date of Publication – May 14, 2014, softcover, 530 pages, Non-fiction with endnotes, a bibliography, an index and over 70 illustrations, photos and maps, retail price is $24.95. The book is available on Amazon and can also be purchased at bookstores and museums in Farmington, Aztec and Albuquerque and in Durango, Colorado.

The author – Mike Maddox grew up in Farmington and Santa Fe. He attended New Mexico State University and graduated from Colorado State University. He is retired from the New Mexico State Parks. He and his wife Pam live near Farmington. The research and writing of the book encompassed six years and included numerous trips to university archives, museums and county courthouses in New Mexico, Colorado and Texas (including trips to Cimarron, Raton and Trinidad).

“This book rattles with blood and thunder between the lines…” Porter and Ike Stockton: Colorado and New Mexico Border Outlaws by Michael R. Maddox as reviewed in the December 2014 issue of True West magazine.

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