His­tor­i­cal snip­pet: NW Quad­rant


Let’s start this glimpse be­hind Las Cam­panas and be­yond with Buck­man. What does the name mean to you? Per­haps it first brings up Buck­man Road and the trans­fer sta­tion! Think also of the Buck­man Di­rect Di­ver­sion project, Henry Buck­man, Buck­man Ghost Town, the Chili Line Rail­way, and the 31,000acre Buck­man Ranch. That ranch was pur­chased by Suzanne (Zan­nie) Hoyt and her first hus­band, Bob “Bum­ble Bee” Weil, in 1960 from the Bond fam­ily and was op­er­ated as a work­ing cat­tle ranch.

Head north­west from the cen­ter of Santa Fe for about 15 min­utes, and in parts of the orig­i­nal Buck­man Ranch lie the res­i­den­tial areas of Las Cam­panas, La Tierra, La Tierra Nueva, and the smaller sub­di­vi­sions of Salva Tierra and Tierra del Oro. La Tierra and La Tierra Nueva, the “big lot” 10-acre-min­i­mum sub­di­vi­sions, were cre­ated by Zan­nie and Bob in the 1970s. In the 1980s, they sold 4,700 acres to Lyle Anderson, who had the vi­sion to cre­ate Las Cam­panas, the mas­ter-planned com­mu­ni­ty­with two Jack Nick­laus Sig­na­ture golf cour­ses. Set in rolling ranch lands sur­rounded by moun­tains, Las Cam­panas has world-class eques­trian fa­cil­i­ties, a full-ser­vice spa and ten­nis cen­ter, and a club­house with su­perb fine and ca­sual din­ing. The suc­cess of Las Cam­panas has eco­nom­i­cally and phi­lan­throp­i­cally ben­e­fited Santa Fe with em­ploy­ment and other ad­van­tages.

Large por­tions of the orig­i­nal ranch ex­ist close to Santa Fe. The prin­ci­ple hold­ing, a unique par­cel of land nowknown as the Santa Fe Ranch— with a head­quar­ters house, guest house, care­taker’s res­i­dence, and ex­ten­sive live­stock fa­cil­i­ties — crowns 542 glo­ri­ous acres that en­com­pass some of the very best, far-reach­ing moun­tain views found in the county. The land is spec­tac­u­lar and is only 20 min­utes from Santa Fe.

The nar­row guage (36-inch) Chili Line Rail­way was the Santa Fe branch of the Den­ver & Rio Gran­deWestern Rail­road (D&RGW). The “Chili Line,” as it be­came known, not sur­pris­ingly since it trans­ported chilis amongst other freight, was started in the mid 1880s and ran be­tween Santa Fe andAlam­osa. With the ad­vent of road trans­porta­tion, the Chili Line saw de­creas­ing use and was even­tu­ally aban­doned in 1941.

For his­tory buffs, it can still be seen. A sec­tion of the old Chili Line crosses close to the south bound­ary of the Santa Fe Ranch, and fur­ther along to­day’s Buck­man Road an old tres­tle is clearly vis­i­ble and marked. Along the stretch of Buck­man Road where it turns north to­wards the Rio Grande, rem­nants of its grade can be ex­plored.

Look­ing back to the late 1880s, Henry S. Buck­man, an Ore­gon lum­ber­man, built a plank bridge over the Rio Grande. Old Buck­man Town be­came a small com­mu­nity along­side the rail­way, cen­tered around a sawmill. In 1888, a post of­fice was es­tab­lished and the com­mu­nity flour­ished un­til 1921, when the bridge col­lapsed. The ghost town is lo­cated about five miles south of San Ilde­fonso Pue­blo, but vir­tu­ally no trace can be seen. Cur­rently it’s the site of the Buck­man Di­rect Di­ver­sion Project, sup­ply­ing pu­ri­fied Rio Grande wa­ter to Santa Fe since 2011.

We hope you en­joyed this jour­ney to by­gone days!

(The Santa Fe Ranch is of­fered for sale — www.the­santafer­anch.com— Please call the au­thors of this ar­ti­cle for de­tails!)

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