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Historic Magdalena New Mexico - A community rich in history...
Magdalena is a village in Socorro County, New Mexico. The population was 938 at the 2010 census.
"The Lady on the Mountain" is a rock formation on Magdalena Peak overlooking Magdalena. Spanish soldiers saw the face of a woman on the east face of the peak. A priest with them was reminded of a similar peak in Spain called "La Sierra de Maria Magdalena", so he called the New Mexico one "La Sierra de Magdalena". The natural pass to the south of the peak became known as Magdalena Gap, and when a town grew up it received the same name.
Magdalena is known as the "Trails End" for the railroad/spur line which was built in 1885 from Socorro to Magdalena to transport the cattle, sheep wool, timber and ore. Thousands of cattle and sheep were driven into town from eastern Arizona and western New Mexico, using the historic "Stock Driveway". The original historic stockyards are still intact.
This historic Stock Driveway was used annually, from 1885 through 1916 when the driveway was officially designated by law through the signing of the "Grazing Homestead Act" and was continually in use through 1971.
The 125 mile driveway extended west to Datil, New Mexico then forked south toward Horse Springs and Reserve, New Mexico, while the other fork led to Springerville, Arizona. In 1919, the Stock Driveway saw 150,000 sheep and 21,000 cattle pass the point around Ten Mile Hill.
The Civilian Conservation Corp., (the CCC) boys fenced the driveway in 1930, and drilled a well about every ten miles.
During the drives cowboys moved about 10 miles a day, and herders moved sheep about 5 miles a day, allowing them to graze as they went. Herds could be backed up for days waiting their turn to use the stockyards. Chuck wagons and horses followed behind. Trailing gave way to trucking, and the last portion of the driveway was officially closed in November of 1971.
Kelly Ghost Town
In 1883, about 2.5 miles South of Magdalena, the Kelly Mine opened. The town of Kelly in its day, was home to close to 3,000 people, with shops, doctors, saloons, churches, hotels and schools. The Kelly Mine was a significant producer of silver and zinc. Mining bought prosperity to the area, but when the ore played out this town was slowly vacated, leaving a small whitewashed church, crumbling foundations, remnants of mine works and a cemetery.
The perennial mild climate makes this a great year-round destination with temperatures for this area ranging from around 19°–60's (fall/winter) and 43°–90's (spring/summer), with mountain breezes and summer monsoon showers.
The Very Large Array is located 25 miles West of Magdalena.
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