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Pigeon's Ranch, A Famous Stopping Place en Route to ...

Pigeon's Ranch, A Famous Stopping Place en Route to ...

Artist: Vincent Colyer (1825 Darien, Connecticut - 1888 Bloomingdale, New York)

Department: History
Date: 1869
Medium: Ink (type unknown)
Overall: 3 1/2 x 5 in. (8.9 x 12.7 cm)
Classification: Drawings, Pastels & Watercolors
Credit Line: Albuquerque Museum, museum purchase, 1983 General Obligation Bonds
Object number: PC1985.30.5
DescriptionInk drawing of Pigeon's Ranch, near Apache Pass & Glorieta Pass where the Battle of Glorieta took place in 1862.
Not on view
Label Text:Pigeon Ranch, site of the Battle of Apache Pass and Glorieta, 1862
Ink on paper
Museum purchase, 1983 General Obligation Bonds

Of all of the buildings located on Pigeon’s Ranch in Glorieta, New Mexico, only the barn and well remain. It served as a field hospital during the Battle of Glorieta in March, 1862. The ranch’s location sits at the highest point of Route 66’s north-south (pre-1937) alignment.

In 1924, owner Thomas Greer transformed the site into a tourist attraction, with signage on the barn proclaiming its association with the battle, and another sign proclaiming, “Drink Again from the Fountain of Youth” on the historic well. Shortly after the 1937 realignment, the attraction closed, and the barn is now preserved by the National Park Service.