Ghost Town Wednesday: Cloverdale, New Mexico

CloverdaleStoreCloverdale is believed to have been established sometime in the 1880’s.  On May 2, 1882 The Critic (Washington, D.C.) had a story about an Indian fight at Cloverdale between Apaches and the Sixth Cavalry, led by Captain T.C. Tupper.  One soldier was killed in the battle, two wounded and fourteen Apaches were killed.  It was not the first battle with Indians in the area and certainly not the last – the war with Apaches continued until about 1924.

The Cloverdale Ranch was also established in the 1880’s by either Bob Anderson or John Weames, but sold to the Victor Land and Cattle Company in 1889.  According to C.W. Barnum, a New Mexico genealogist, other ranches were established and the number of residents increased.  The name “Cloverdale” was chosen as the name for the spread-out community.  Said to have had as many as two hundred residents at one time, the town had a general store (built in 1918), post office, blacksmith shop, school and cemetery.  A stage line ran from Cloverdale to Animas.

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16 Comments

  1. I was so excited to see my grandmother in the school picture! She had a copy of it and I remember it so well!

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    • Hello,

      I came across an old photo album of Cloverdale New Mexico. It has a number of different pictures showing the post office and the school. I was wondering if you had any information regarding the Reynolds family? They are in the majority of the photos taken. Thank you for your time and i hope to hear from you soon.

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    • I came across an old photo album of Cloverdale New Mexico. It has a number of different pictures showing the post office and the school. I was wondering if you had any information regarding the Reynolds family? They are in the majority of the photos taken. Thank you for your time and i hope to hear from you soon.
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      Sharon Hall on August 2, 2015 at 12:47 am

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      • What were some of their names?

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        • oh yes,thanks for ask, georgina , jackelin,josefine,felix,

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          • Sorry … I didn’t run across any of those names when researching the story.

          • Thank you

  2. Thanks for stopping by … glad you enjoyed the article.

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  3. where are the other articles of the last paragraph

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  4. Does anyone remember Lucille Corbet who taught there and had a harmonica band?

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  5. does anyone remember the family Reynolds from the early 1900s?

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  6. My mother, Miriam Best Churchyard, taught elementary school at Cloverdale in the mid 1930’s. Does anybody have any memories or information about her?

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  7. My great grandfather and great grandmother are buried in Cloverdale. John T Clark(1922) and Charity Ann Clark(1933]

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    • Have you been to Cloverdale?

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      • We made a trip in January 2018 to the Badlands of New Mexico and I put flowers on Charities grave. Took lots of pictures. Cloverdale is 5 miles north of the Mexican border and 7 miles east of the Arizona border

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      • There’s information on the Hidalgo County New Mexico website. Under the tab about; cemeteries; Cloverdale;

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