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THE GATE CITY

RATON, NEW MEXICO “THE GATE CITY”

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)

FOR THE TOURIST

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)

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BOOK SIGNING AND PRESENTATION

Porter and Ike Stockton: Colorado and New Mexico Border Outlaws

by Michael R. Maddox

PLEASE JOIN THE RATON MUSEUM IN WELCOMING AUTHOR MICHAEL R. MADDOX ON FEBRUARY 6, 2015 FOR A BOOK SIGNING AND PRESENTATION.

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 The book includes previously unpublished information about the early history Cimarron, the hell on wheels railroad camp of Otero and other areas of Colfax County.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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