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Tuesday, April 19, 2016

St James Hotel. Cimarron, New Mexico

 The place to stay in Cimarron, New Mexico. Epicenter of the Colfax County War of the 1870s. There were "wars" like this all over the Wild West from the end of the Civil War into the 1890s. Apart from the Indian Wars---there were these county wars (Lincoln County War in NM, starring Billy the Kid; Johnson County War in Wyo.) All had to do with ownership and rights re land that had been of course stolen from th original inhabitants. Lots of guns around because of the history of Indian Wars and probably in the 1870s lots of young men with experience of mass violence from the Civil War. There was a good deal of murder in Colfax County, some of it in the saloon bar that occupied this site before the St James was put up in the 1880s.


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