New Mexico Legends was the first “chapter” of Legends of America because of my love of the Moreno Valley area of New Mexico.
Spending every summer in the Moreno Valley with my grandparents, I fell in love with the majestic peaks, peaceful silences, and rich history. I vividly remember huddling around the potbelly stove in my grandparents’ old miner’s cabin in Idlewild, watching papa prepare his tackle box to on his way to Eagle Nest Lake and grandma cooking breakfast on the cast iron stove.
Grandma was always taking us to see the sites of the area, from Elizabethtown, to drinking the cool waters from the log at Clear Creek, watching the construction crews when Angel Fire was being built, and exploring the old Klondike Mine in Idlewild, where my sister (shame on her) carved her name into the wall in 1967. This publication is truly a labor of love and a tribute to my deceased grandparents, Ben and Irene Foster of Stinett, Texas.
A nostalgia buff from birth, grandma perpetuated that interest and I’ve always known that I longed to learn more about the history of this beautiful valley and to share my enthusiasm with all of you that are fortunate to live there and visit.
High Country Legends features stories on the Maxwell Land Grant, Clay Allison, Eagle Nest Lake, Elizabethtown, Day Trips, and much, much more. The content focuses on New Mexico’s rich history and features many Vintage Photographs.
Enjoy the Land of Enchantment!
Kathy R. Weiser
New Mexico Flag – The yellow field and red symbol colors are the colors of Spain. First brought to New Mexico by Spanish explorers in 1540. On New Mexico’s flag we see a red sun with rays stretching out from it. There are four groups of rays with four rays in each group. This is an ancient sun symbol of a Native American people called the Zia. The Zia believed that the giver of all good gave them gifts in groups of four. These gifts are:
- The four directions – north, east, south and west.
- The four seasons – spring, summer, fall and winter.
- The day – sunrise, noon, evening and night.
- Life itself – childhood, youth, middle years and old age.
All of these are bound by a circle of life and love, without a beginning or end.