VIDEOS OF THE BLACK RANGE

Interviews, presentations, places, & events♦

 
 

Listed in Order From the Most Recent to the Earliest



Andrews is an abandoned mining town northeast of Animas Peak (east of Hillsboro).  In this new long-form video we exit NM-152 at MP 55 and travel on a dirt road to the ruins at Andrews.  There is an “intact” building at the site, a number of adobe and rock walls, and numerous building foundations.


In this video you get a sense of a small mining town, not just a mine, an adit, or a shaft - but people dancing, sleeping, drinking.... living.  Click the title, above, or visit our Videos of the Black Range Video Portfolio to watch this presentation.



In this video, Steve Elam takes us back to the Garfield/Butler Group of Mines to explore a flooded mine shaft.  From there, it is off to the Wick’s Mine for a closer look at headframes and the finished structures which protected miners as they were raised and lowered into the mines.  In the first and second volumes of this series, the Big-Low shaft was visited and the finished structure at that site was viewed from the inside.  At the Wick’s the video is of a similar structure - only we see it from the outside, an extraordinary view if you stop to think about it.  Click the title, above, or visit our Videos of the Black Range Video Portfolio to watch this presentation.



In the second volume of this series, STEVE ELAM, takes us back to the Big-Low Mine to see it with techniques developed since Volume One.  Then it is on to the Garfield/Butler Group of mines to view those shafts and take a glance at a rattlesnake at the bottom of one of them.  Click the title, above, or visit our Videos of the Black Range Video Portfolio to watch this presentation.

 


Ever wonder what was down those massive holes in the hillsides around the Black Range, or what was in the depths of those tunnels which burrow into the hills - but were too prudent to find out?  Join STEVE ELAM as he explores four of the mines near Hillsboro; the Bonanza, the Big-Low, the Rattlesnake, and the Opportunity.  Two of the mine visits are to tunnels (the Bonanza and the Rattlesnake) and two are to shafts (the Big-Low and the Opportunity).  Click the title, above, or visit our Videos of the Black Range Video Portfolio to watch this presentation.



FEDERICO ANTONIO CHAVEZ LUNA was born in Hillsboro, New Mexico in 1919.  He attended school, worked, and grew to adulthood in Hillsboro.  Later he was a miner on the west side of the Black Range in the area around Hurley.  In this interview, conducted in February 2015, he describes growing up in Hillsboro and his work as a miner in the Hillsboro and Hurley areas.  Click the title, above, or visit our Videos of the Black Range Video Portfolio to watch this interview.


Hillsboro artist MELODY SEARS talks about her art, the techniques, the motivation, the joy. Videoed on-site in the Black Range of New Mexico.  From her site: “Although I love grand vistas and beautiful views, it is the more intimate landscapes that thrill me the most. Light makes the statement, colors add magic, and composition anchors the fullness of the experience of a particular place and a particular time where I have been.” Click the title, above, or visit our Videos of the Black Range Video Portfolio to watch this interview.


A small debris flow came down Percha Creek, Friday the 12th, 2014. Percha Creek drains from the Black Range of New Mexico and flows through the small towns of Kingston and Hillsboro. The Silver Fire burned a significant portion of the Black Range last year. There have been several high water events since then, a debris flow of any size is unusual at this point. The event went (basically) unnoticed in Hillsboro. Land slides associated with the rains closed the main highway across the Black Range for a time.  Click the title, above, or visit our Videos of the Black Range Video Portfolio to watch this event.



A presentation by SHERRY FLETCHER of the Daughters of the American Revolution. She covers the Historic Markers of Sierra County and adjacent areas and discusses the lives of two of Kingston's early female residents (Sophie Hansen and Margaret Reid-Armer). The presentation was part of an effort to encourage the recognition of the roles of women in the history of the Black Range. The video was made at a presentation in the Hillsboro Community Center, Hillsboro, New Mexico.  Click the title, above, or visit our Videos of the Black Range Video Portfolio to watch this presentation.



JIM LAUPAN has grown succulents since he was a young boy.  In recent years he has developed a method to replicate objects in high quality plastic.  His “Rock Modules” make for beautiful presentations of succulents and other small plants.  He has used the same methods that he uses to make rock modules to make dramatic pieces of wood, arrowheads, seashells, “silver” ingots, a variety of props for The Fountain Murder Trial play presented in Hillsboro - and now rattlesnakes.  In this interview, “Cactus Jim” discusses succulents, rock modules, and explains and demonstrates the molding innovations he has developed, while “Making Rattlesnakes”.  Click the title, above, or visit our Videos of the Black Range Video Portfolio to watch this interview.


HARLEY SHAW is one of the premier Mountain Lion researchers in the United States.  In this interview he recounts some of the events in his long career of research in Arizona.  He covers the use of trained dogs to tree Mountain Lions so they could be tranquilized and his role in the development of modern telemetry (radio tracking) technology and techniques. Harley Shaw resides in Hillsboro in the Black Range of New Mexico.  Click the title, above, or visit our Videos of the Black Range Video Portfolio to watch this interview.


Ojo Caliente is considered the point of origin by the Warm Springs Band of the Chiricahua Apache.  This video shows the spring and its environment.  Click the title, above, or visit our Videos of the Black Range Video Portfolio to watch this presentation.


Ojo Caliente is at the entrance to the Monticello Box, a few miles upstream from the town of Monticello.  A trail leads along the stream (which runs into Alamosa Creek), ending at the pool which is the spring called Ojo Caliente.  Please respect the heritage of the site, the local ranchers, and the Ditch Association which allow access to this historically significant site.


On August 4, 2013 the evacuation sirens went off in Hillsboro and the local population headed for higher ground.  This was one of the first high water events following the Silver Fire which scoured the Black Range earlier in the summer.  The debris flow which was at the head of the flood bore was a tangle of charred trunks and limbs, mixed with a slick slurry of mud, all together a rather dramatic and unsettling sight.  The dike held well and easily contained the flow.  Click the title, above, or visit our Videos of the Black Range Video Portfolio to watch this event.


The Percha Box is just east of the town of Hillsboro, New Mexico.  The character of the Box changes with the seasons, sometimes dramatically, sometimes in a very nuanced manner.  This video takes a different view of the box, taking a look at the pools which form along the stream in both calm conditions and following high water.  Click the title, above, or visit our Videos of the Black Range Video Portfolio to watch this presentation.


 

Videos of and about the people

and places of the black range


Presentations


Mines of the Hillsboro Mining District

  1. BulletA Trip to Andrews (Vol. 4)

  2. BulletVol. 3 - Garfield & Wicks

  3. BulletVol. 2 - Big-Low & Garfield

  4. BulletVol. 1 - Bonanza, Big-Low, Rattlesnake, & Opportunity

Historical Markers

interviews


  1. BulletFederico Antonio Chavez Luna

  2. BulletMelody Sears

  3. BulletJim Laupan

  4. BulletHarley Shaw

places & events


  1. BulletHigh Water in Hillsboro - Sept 2014

  2. BulletOjo Caliente

  3. BulletHigh Water in Hillsboro - August 2013

  4. BulletPercha Pools