Glenwood, New Mexico

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Glenwood, New Mexico
Unincorporated community
Glenwood, New Mexico is located in New Mexico
Glenwood, New Mexico
Glenwood, New Mexico
Location within the state of New Mexico
Coordinates: 33°18′49″N 108°53′04″W / 33.31361°N 108.88444°W / 33.31361; -108.88444Coordinates: 33°18′49″N 108°53′04″W / 33.31361°N 108.88444°W / 33.31361; -108.88444
Country United States
State New Mexico
County Catron
Elevation 4,760 ft (1,450 m)
Population (2000)[1]
 • Total 557
Time zone Mountain (MST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) MDT (UTC)
Area code(s) 575

Glenwood is an unincorporated community in Catron County, New Mexico, United States. Founded in 1878 as Bush Ranch, today the town is home to approximately 300 residents. Located near the San Francisco River, Glenwood is 65 miles northwest of Silver City on U.S. Route 180, and is 39 miles south of Reserve.

History[edit]

The first house was built in Glenwood in 1878 on the Bush Ranch, later renamed White Water for the creek that runs through it. When it was a stage stop the town was called Glenwood Springs, and in 1901 the town was formally named Glenwood. New Mexico's first powered airplane flight happened in 1909 near Glenwood.[2]

In the 1930s Glenwood was the site of several mild earthquakes.[3]

The Catwalk[edit]

In 1889 silver and gold was discovered in the Mogollon Mountains above Whitewater Canyon, just outside of Glenwood. Several mines were developed, and ore was hauled in wagons to a mill at the mouth of the Canyon. The town of Graham was founded in the mountains, and water was needed to operate the electric generators. It came from a pipeline reaching up into the Canyon, and was held onto the rock walls of the Canyon with timbers and iron bars that were in constant need of maintenance. Workmen dubbed it the Catwalk, and today it is operated as part of the Glenwood Ranger District of the Gila National Forest.[4] Today it is the site of the one-mile Catwalk National Recreation Trail, a universal access walking trail which follows the route of the old pipeline, clinging dramatically to the side of Whitewater Canyon often a dozen feet or more above Whitewater creek.[5]

Present[edit]

Glenwood is home to the Gila National Forest Glenwood Ranger Station, the Glenwood State Trout Hatchery, and nearby is Snow Lake.[6]

The community is served by the Glenwood Public Library.

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.usbeacon.com/New-Mexico/Glenwood.html
  2. ^ Mazzio, J. (2003) Glenwood — for outdoor lovers. SouthernNewMexico.Com. Retrieved 6/11/07.
  3. ^ (2003) Earthquakes in New Mexico and the Socorro Magma Body. New Mexico Tech. Retrieved 6/11/07.
  4. ^ (nd) Some history of Glenwood and Graham, New Mexico. Retrieved 6/11/07.
  5. ^ "Catwalk Recreation Area". USDA Forest Service. Retrieved February 10, 2012. 
  6. ^ (nd) Glenwood. New Mexico Magazine. Retrieved 6/11/07.