Nunn Ranch – NM. Great Ranches of the West


“In 1881 David Nunn, his father, and two brothers moved to the little town of Lake Valley in the New Mexico Territory. David tried to homestead nearby, but the Indians drove him off the land. He moved to the relative safety of the town, population about 200. David married Margaret Nunn in 1887, who was no relation. One of his brothers had fallen in love with Margaret’s sister and married; and so two Nunn brothers married two Nunn sisters. Like most of the other men of Lake Valley, David went to work in the local silver mine. The success of the mine boomed the town’s population to 4,000 residents when silver prices were at their peak in the early 1890s. The Sherman Silver Purchase Act of 1890 required the government to buy millions of dollars of silver bullion annually. But in 1893 President Cleveland repealed the act, and mining in New Mexico slowed to a crawl. Lake Valley shrank to a ghost town.”
– Jim Keen, Great Ranches of the West Author & Photographer

Please note that only 13 of 228 full color pages from this self-published book are featured.

This beautiful award-winning 12×11 fine art, hard bound, coffee table book featuring over 30 ranches in 17 states with nearly 600 photographs will make a wonderful addition to any home or office, and be a showing of your support for America’s struggling farm and ranch families.

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