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    Default Glenwood, Graham, Whitewater, the cat walk...

    Of possibe interest to the New Mexico enthusiasts; from "Tales from the Bloated Goat" by H A Hoover, Texas Western press 1958, reprint High Lonesome books, San Lorenzo, NM.

    "Earlier I wrote that what is now Glenwood was formerly called Whitewater, after the creek on which it was located. For a number of years before the growth of the community at ts present site, the post office for that part of the country was located at a little settlement on Whitewater creek about 5 miles above where Glendale is now located. This was Graham.
    Graham was established because a mill was constructed there for treating gold & silver ore fron the Confidence mine, which was located several miles up in the mountains. A pipeline up Whitewater creek furnished water power for the milling operation. Ore was hauled down to the mill by wagon; part of the present road to Mogollon was origonally constructed for that purpose. There were houses for employees & of course a store. The project was abandoned more that 45 years ago & the village soon vanished; only a tailing pile & remneants of the old mill remain. The old townsite is now known as Graham park & has facilities for picknicking. A little above it is the cat walk, a great tourist attraction.

    According to post office records the names of the post office at Graham wa changed to Cllear Creek on Oct 1 1904. The name was again changed to Glenwood on Sept 11 1906 at which time the post office site was moved 5 miles. thus the present Glenwood.

    The constricted valley of Whitewater creek narrows to an abrupt end at Graham park. Sheer towering walls form a gorge which is only a few feet wide in places. With the water always in the creek at this piont, it made passage difficult through a few hundered feet of the canyon. sometime in the 30's as a civilian conservation corps project, a walkway was constructed through this portion. It became known as the cat walk.

    Cables were anchored to the high rock walls to support a narrow, eyebrow like wooden walk, with railing, which winds around the face of the cliff some 25 feet above the stream. It is thrilling to make a trip over that walk on a warm summer day with the gin-clear water murmering among the rocks below.

    In 1904 there were only 3 residinces in the immediate vicinity of Glenwood: Glenn Rowe operated the stage station at the site of the
    Los Olmos guest ranch; Ernest Kitt lived in "Juniper cottage" now the home of John Allred; & Lige Sipe had gardens just south of Whitewater creek at the place now occupied by Whitewater lodge.

    Over the years Glenwood has developed into a delightful village with several business establishments, tourist accomidations & numerious residinces."

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