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From early westward expansion through the early 20th Century.

burial ground of Fort McCrae at Elephant Butte

Fort McCrae and several old villages are now under water along this 36 mile long impoundment. Among them are Onate from 1582 and Espete, 1598.

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Comment by Gayle Martin on February 12, 2011 at 9:12am
It's a dilemma indeed.  We all want to preserve the past, but people in the present, and future, have to have water.
Comment by dirtrider on February 11, 2011 at 12:55pm
The lamebrain governor past sold off water to mexico and texas farmers.  That is why it is so low now.  With the new administration, maybe it will come back up.  It was lower two years ago.
Comment by Carbine on February 11, 2011 at 12:17pm

Great picture Milt. Is that the "High water mark- bath tub ring' over yonder on distant shore? If it is I'd guess that one day there is a small chance that some of these sites may reappear. Granted it is a very small possibility but its not unheard of.

Here in California we've had the same situation as Elephant Butte and as Roger mentions at San Carlos. Ours has happened at Lake Isabella and Lake Silverwood to name a couple. I'm sure theres more out there throughout the U.S.

Comment by dirtrider on February 11, 2011 at 11:48am
Glad ya like em Roger.  This state never ceases to amaze me.

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