Capitan New Mexico: From the Coalora Coal Mines to Smokey Bear
New Mexico's Lincoln County has inspired generations with stories of rugged mining towns, outlaws, vigilantes, and other fixtures of the Wild West in the American imagination. Capitan is one community that's relatively recent compared to the Pueblos and Spanish settlements throughout the state, but has taken on a rich history and culture all its own.
Author and local historian Gary Cozzens draws from historical archives, archeological sources, and interviews with local historians to provide this richly researched account of Capitan, covering the history of the community from its origins through the 20th century.
Discover the mining and ranching roots of Capitan, the political intrigue and strong personalities that shaped the town, and the extensive history of the Lincoln National Forest including the efforts of the Civilian Conservation Corps and the discovery of Smokey Bear.
Includes an abundance of historical photos and an extensive bibliography; a great starting point for any research on the area.
By Gary Cozzens. The History Press, 2012. Paperback, 170 pages.
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