Large Groups Welcome
Having a Family Reunion or Rally Group?
This is the location for you
Wide Open Spaces
The Following is Some of the Local Entertainment Available
Shakespeare Ghost Town A National Historic Site
Tour Seven Buildings
Butterfield Stage Station, Grant House
Old Mail Station Powder Magazine
Assay Office and Other Points Of Interest
See Gunfights and Living History
Hear History and stories of the real West.
Be sure to bring your camera.
Call for additional information @ 575-542-9034
Local historian Bill Cavaliere
Bill has three different lectures availible for your group or family gathering. All three represent
local history, and are presented with a PowerPoint slide show:
"The Surrenders of Geronimo": The Chiricahua Apaches were
the last Indian tribe in the US to surrender. The incident took place in nearby Skeleton
Canyon in 1886. After Geronimo surrendered to General Nelson Miles, the officers, realizing the
historical significance, erected a pile of rocks at the scene to commemorate the event. Today this
pile of stones is loacted on private property and is closed to the public. Various shots of the
surrender site are shown in the PowerPoint. Also, the site of Geronimo's earlier surrender to
General George Crook, located 25 miles south of the border in Mexico, is also shown. After agreeing
to surrender, Geronimo changed his mind and escaped. Fortunately, General Crook brought a
photographer with him, and these old photographs are Shawn in the PowerPoint, along with recent
shots of the exact scenes, 120 years later.
"Victorio": The life of Apache chief Victorio is examined through
photographs taken during the lecturer's journey deep into Mexico, following the
Indian's trail. Victorio and his people were surrounded by the Mexican army at a remote
hill called Tres Castillos, where they were wiped out by General Terrazas and his troops. Situated
130 miles from Chihuahua City, Tres Castillos even today is a landmark visited by few
people. Also visited are Terrazas' hacidenda, Cerro Mata Ortiz, the scene of a battle
between Geronimo and the Mexican army, and other sites of historical interest.
"The History of the Sheriff's Office": The history of
the sheriff's office, the highest-ranking law enforcement position within the county,
is discussed, beginning with the creation of the position in early times, on through the days
of the wild west, and up to modern times. Cases noteworthy to Hidalgo County are examined, as well
as crimes common to our area, training, drug interdiction, public relations, humorous incidents,
and much more. Many photographs taken in the field are shown.
A fee of $30.00 per lecture is charged, used to defray
the cost of gasoline and other expenses.
John Slaughter Ranch Museum Location
San Bernardino Nat. Hist. Landmark
Self Guided tour
P.O Box 438
Ranch Phone (520) 558-2474