Cabezón, New Mexico Ghost Town

Cabezón, New Mexico was established in about 1879 and in it's heyday had a population of 250. The Catholic Church, Iglesia de San Jose was dedicated in 1894. The church still stands and has services every few years. The town was a focal point of farming and sheep grazing. The town is privately owned by several families and should not be entered without permission.
IMG 7373 4 5 tonemapped  A couple of ranch horses using an old Adobe building for shelter. heller store  This photo of the Heller Trading Post was taken from the movie "The Hired Hand" starring Peter Fonda.  The 1971 movie used many of the buildings in Cabezón for scenes depicting old west scenes.  The Heller Trading Post has since collapsed into an unusable heap. IMG 7370 1 2 fused  A couple of ranch horses using an old Adobe building for shelter IMG 7364 5 6 tonemapped  Sheep resting on a hilltop above Cabezón.  In the days when Cabezón was at it's peak, 10,000 sheep grazed here.
IMG 7352 3 4 tonemapped  East end of Cabezón. IMG 7355 6 7 tonemapped  East end of Cabezón. IMG 7358 59 60 tonemapped  Home on the East end of Cabezón. IMG 7376 7 8 fused  Crumbling Adobe building. Notice the rock foundation.
IMG 7408  This Adobe building was the Cabezón bar and dance hall. IMG 7379 tonemapped  Stan Lucero a descendant of some of the original land and home owners in Cabezón. The building behind him is the former post office that has been converted into his full time residence. IMG 7383 tonemapped copy  A store across from the Heller Trading Post.  Note all the shelves against the wall in the front room. IMG 7391 tonemapped  Stan Lucero a descendant of some of the original land and home owners in Cabezón.  He is describing the history behind the building of the town.
IMG 7393 tonemapped tonemapped  An adobe building melting back into the ground. The round wooden roof supports are called Viga's and hauled from the forest on Mt. Taylor 11 miles away IMG 7392 tonemapped  The 14 room adobe hotel built by Heller to house visitors to Cabezón and his store. cabezon 1  Jim Shaffner, Stan Lucero and Marie Garcia Shaffner visiting in front of the Heller Hotel. IMG 7394 tonemapped tonemapped
IMG 7395 tonemapped  Marie Garcia Shaffner examining a building. IMG 7399 tonemapped  Stan Lucero a descendant of some of the original land and home owners in Cabezón.  He is describing the history behind the building of the town. IMG 7396 tonemapped  The Heller Trading Post on the right and the 14 room adobe Heller Hotel on the left. IMG 7401 tonemapped  In 1874, William Kanzenbach opened this store and saloon in Cabezón. When money became a problem, he sold his business to Richard Heller and John Pflueger.  The store became known as the Heller Trading Post.  Heller became a prominent business man in the area.
IMG 7397 tonemapped tonemapped  In 1874, William Kanzenbach opened this store and saloon in Cabezón. When money became a problem, he sold his business to Richard Heller and John Pflueger.  The store became known as the Heller Trading Post.  Heller became a prominent business man in the area. IMG 7400 tonemapped  Stan Lucero a descendant of some of the orginal land and home owners in Cabezón.  He stands in front of the Heller Trading Post. IMG 7398 tonemapped  The round wooden roof supports are called Viga's and hauled from the forest on Mt. Taylor 11 miles away. The building was built from rock obtained from the adjacent hill and plastered with mud and coated with lime as a colorant. IMG 7390 tonemapped  In 1874, William Kanzenbach opened a store and saloon in Cabezón. When money became a problem, he sold his business to Richard Heller and John Pflueger.  The store became known as the Heller Trading Post.  heller became a prominent business man in the area.
IMG 7389 tonemapped  In 1874, William Kanzenbach opened a store and saloon in Cabezón. When money became a problem, he sold his business to Richard Heller and John Pflueger.  The store became known as the Heller Trading Post.  Heller became a prominent business man in the area. IMG 7388 tonemapped  The Heller Trading Post showing the collapsed roof. IMG 7402 tonemapped  The Cabezón Blacksmith Shop. IMG 7403 tonemapped  Crumbling Adobe building. Notice the rock foundation.
IMG 7420 1 2 fused  The Catholic Church, Iglesia de San Jose was dedicated in 1894. The church still stands and has services once a year. The church was remodeled in exchange for rent when the movie "The Hired Hand" starring Peter Fonda was made on the town site in 1971. IMG 7423 4 5 fused  The Catholic Church, Iglesia de San Jose was dedicated in 1894. The church still stands and has services once a year. The church was remodeled in exchange for rent when the movie "The Hired Hand" starring Peter Fonda was made on the town site in 1971. IMG 7410 IMG 7385 tonemapped  The round wooden roof supports are called Viga's and hauled from the forest on Mt. Taylor 11 miles away.The home was built of adobe and plastered with mud and coated with lime as a colorant.
IMG 7412 tonemapped  Two methods of construction were used in Cabezón.  The building on the left was built from Adobe and the building on the right was built from stone obtained from the adjacent hill. IMG 7384 tonemapped  This building is the only one in Cabezón  that used large stones in it's construction. IMG 7386 tonemapped tonemapped  Store across from the Heller Trading Post.  Note the shelves against the wall in the front room. IMG 7383 tonemapped  Store across from the Heller Trading Post.  Note the shelves against the wall in the front room.
IMG 7382 tonemapped  This adobe building may have been used for storage. IMG 7405  Stan Lucero, descendant of original land and home owners in Cabezón.  He stands in the kitchen of his home. He currently runs a ranching operation and looks after the town of Cabezón. IMG 7404 tonemapped  Stan Lucero, descendant of  original land and home owners in Cabezón.  He stands in the kitchen of his Cabezón home. He currently runs a cattle and sheep operation and looks after the town of Cabezón.  He has restored the family home and currently lives there.  He is one of the happiest people I ever met. IMG 7387 copy  This photo taken from the Heller Trading Post shows a faint ancient road to the right of the power line poles in the upper center of the photo.The road was used to travel from the Trading post at Chaco Canyon to Albuquerque.  It was used by Richard Wetherill and the HEE to move goods back and forth to Albuquerque to the Chaco Trading Post.  Marietta Wetherill used the road in 1907 and 1908 traveling to Albuquerque to have her fourth child Marion Wetherill and fifth child Ruth.
IMG 7406 copy  Tokens from the Heller Trading Post.  These were used like money to purchase goods.