Old Photo of the VXT Cowboys is shown above. The photo was probably taken around the turn of the 20th century.
The following gallery shows photos from the area of the VXT Ranch and surrounding areas in Catron, Socorro and Sierra Counties of New Mexico. The VXT was an English outfit that employed many cowboys right before and after the turn of the 20th century. A local historian says that the VXT Ranch comprised more than 133,000 acres. It went almost to Datil, Aragon, and Winston, NM. It was a cattle ranch for the most part. The Y Ranch was owned by Frank A. Hubbell for years during the old days and it was then mostly a sheep ranch. The book “Cow Dust and Saddle Leather” by Ben W. Kemp has plenty of VXT history from cover to cover as well as some other ranch histories of the San Augustin Plains area of New Mexico. Basically, anybody who needed a job in the old days, went to the VXT for employment. The Hubbells also employed their share. Some of the photos were taken where the VXT Ranch once was which includes the Slash Ranch and the Crutchfield. Other photos relate to neighboring areas and ranches such as the Patterson Ranch, and the Birmingham Ranch, and also includes photos near the towns of Dusty, Winston, (once known as Fairview) and Chloride, NM which was a mining town. Also shown are photos from the Warm Springs (Ojo Caliente) Apache Reservation that existed for the Apaches from 1858-1877. On May 1, 1877, they were taken to the San Carlos Reservation in Arizona, where they were not welcomed by the San Carlos Apaches. They were transported by, horses, mules, some walked and the leaders were shackled in wagons for the three week journey. When the Warm Springs Apaches got to San Carlos, small pox broke out. In 1886, they were shipped out to other destinations including Florida, and Alabama by train from near Holbrook, Arizona, never to return to their beloved Ojo Caliente. Many died from living in swampy conditions and climates they were not used to. Some eventually ended up in Fort Sill, Oklahoma including Geronimo. Victorio, Loco and Chuchillo were all once Chiefs of the Warm Springs Apaches. Geronimo was never a chief, but a shaman or medicine man. Victorio’s sister, Lozen, was a female warrior. Lozen spent much of her time in Mexico assisting Juh and other Apache warriors. The Warm Springs tribe was known as one of the more peaceful tribes of Apaches. The Patterson ranch supplied beef for the tribe before they were moved to San Carlos.
Some of the photos are current and some were taken in the 1960’s and one or two are obviously older.
For more information on the historic Chloride NM area, please visit the following link to the Pioneer Store Museum, Apache Kid RV Park and Pye Cabin. Mr. Don Edmund is an exceptional historian of the area. He and his wife Dona, own and operate the Pioneer Store Museum, Apache Kid RV Park and Pye Cabin.
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Hats off to Shack Simmonds – Shack Simmonds was an English cowboy that came out to NM from Texas and worked on the VXT Ranch before working for the Mayberry and the Alexander families and others on their ranches. H.B. Birmingham described Shack as “A damned good cowboy.” For detailed information by Brenda Wilkinson on the historical Farr Ranch and photos of Shack Simmonds, please click on the following: Farr Ranch History/Shack Simmonds
Please click the following link for the 2nd part of the interview on the Farr Ranch with information on Shack Simmonds (by Brenda Wilkinson): Part 2 Farr Ranch/Shack Simmonds
Shack Simmonds was laid to rest at the Apache Creek Cemetery in 1941. May you rest in peace Cowboy. We thank you for the wonderful history and memories you left behind.
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