Catron County New Mexico Cemeteries

Cooney Tomb and Cemetery, Catron County, New Mexico

Cooney Tomb and Cemetery, Catron County, New Mexico

Cooney Tomb and Cemetery, Catron County, New Mexico

Cemetery: Cooney Tomb and Cemetery
GPS: N 33.41331 W 108.83777
County: Catron
Directions: From just S of the Alma Store in Alma on US 180, E approximately 4.8 mi on Mineral Creek Rd (which becomes McKean), SE side.

Curtis Family Gravesite, Catron County, New Mexico

Curtis Family Gravesite, Catron County, New Mexico

Curtis Family Gravesite, Catron County, New Mexico

Cemetery: Curtis Family Gravesite
GPS: N 34.33458 W 108.56252
County: Catron
Directions: 1.8 mi W of Quemado to US 60/NM601 junction, then continue W on US 60 2.3 mi; cemetery on S side of highway at Strang Rd.

Divide Cemetery, Catron County, New Mexico

Cemetery: Divide Cemetery
GPS: N 34.19363 W 108.16660
County: Catron
Directions: From the west end of Pietown, S 6.2 mi on Double Bar Rd to Ed Jones Rd going W. Continue S on what now Green Gap Rd 1.5 mi to unnamed Rd going W; W 1.7 mi to cemetery, NE side.

Freeman Mountain Site, Catron County, New Mexico

Cemetery: Freeman Mountain Site
GPS: N 33.90718 W 108.77554
County: Catron
Directions: 6.6 mi SW of Apache Creek on NM 12 to Forest Rd (FR) 49; Approximately 12.3 mi N on FR 49; at which point, the mountain peak to your W and 1,000 feet above you is Freeman Mountain; Grave on top.

Gallo Canyon site at Gallita Springs, Catron County, New Mexico

Cemetery: Gallo Canyon site
GPS: N 34.03445 W 108.57012
County: Catron
Directions: N of NM 12 at Apache Creek on NM 32; N from Jewett Mesa Airstrip about 1.5 mi to Forest Road (FR) 93 going E; E 6.2 mi on FR 93 to Gallito Springs. Exact location of cemetery not known.

Horse Springs Bible Church Cemetery, Catron County, New Mexico

Grave of Raymond G. Hoyer in the Horse Springs Bible Church Cemetery, Catron County, New Mexico

Grave of Raymond G. Hoyer in the Horse Springs Bible Church Cemetery, Catron County, New Mexico

Cemetery: Horse Springs Bible Church Cemetery
GPS: N 33.91555 W 108.33425
County: Catron
Directions: 9.35 mi W of Horse Springs on NM 12; 0.3 mi W of County Road NM 93 (Mangas Rd) going N. N side, NW of church building.

Rito Ranch Cemetery, Catron County, New Mexico

Cemetery: Rito Ranch Cemetery
GPS: N 34.33149 W 108.40189
County: Catron
Directions: W 14 mi from Pietown on US 60 to Omega (Omega Road going N); N 0.8 mi on Omega Road to road going SW; SW, W and S 2 mi to area of gravesite. Exact location not known.

White Rock Canyon Cemetery, Catron County, New Mexico

Cemetery: White Rock Canyon Cemetery
GPS: N 33.96724 W 108.18783
County: Catron
Directions: SW from Datil on NM 12 approximately 25.9 mi to New Horse Springs; N on Horse Springs Road 0.6 mi; NW and N on dirt road 1.8 mi; NE 0.7 mi; cemetery set back on NW side.

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Cooney Tomb and Cemetery, Catron County, New Mexico

Cooney Tomb and Cemetery, Catron County, New Mexico

On April 29, 1880, Sergeant Cooney, Jack Chick, and a man whose last name was Buhlman were on horseback riding to Alma to warn the settlers of an Indian attack at the Cooney mine and the town of Cooney. Victorio had led a group of Chiricahua Apache tribal members in the massacre. Shortly thereafter, Sergeant Cooney’s brother Michael and miners from nearby Pinos Altos drilled, blasted and chipped a sepulcher for his remains in a large boulder. The Sergeant has remained interred there since. The following is a list of 7 burials occurring at the Cooney Tomb and Cemetery in Catron County, New Mexico.

Catron County is the largest county, by area, in New Mexico. Catron County’s lands were part of Socorro County from the creation of Santa Fé de Nuevo México until 1921. Before that point the county had a history indicative of many places in the Wild West, replete with gunfights, shootouts, massacres, and gold mines. At that split in 1921, Catron county was named for Thomas B. Catron, a leading figure in New Mexico statehood and its first senator. In 1927, the State Legislature attempted to abolish both Socorro and Catron in order to create a new Rio Grande County. A court suit voided this act and the two counties retained their independence. In Catron County there is a volcanic area that until recently contained sufficient heat to cause steam to rise after a slight rain. It is called Burning Mountain and appears to have been used by the Apache for healing purposes. The county is home to the Red Hill Volcanic Field as well as the Plains of San Agustin.

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