Wetherill 

A History of Discovery  

Shaffner Photo Albums

Photo albums that span more than 55 years of photography by Jim Shaffner. The photo albums document Jim Shaffner and Marie Garcia Shaffner's activities within that 55 year time frame.  


Vietnam 1967-1968

Jim Shaffner a member of the 15th TC Battalion of the 1st Cavalry Division (Air Mobile), Vietnam. First arrived in Vietnam September 1967 to An Khe military base. Moved to Chu Lai until the end of December 1967 then moved to Hue-Phu Bai in January 1968 just in time for the Tet offensive by the Viet Cong the end of January 1968.


Marietta Wetherill Collection

 

In 1954 the heirs of Marietta Wetherill at her behest gave the University of New Mexico, Maxwell Museum, her extensive collection of Native American artifacts, textiles, silver work and other items. Marietta Wetherill's husband, Richard Wetherill, was an explorer of the Four Corners area and discoverer of ruins at Mesa Verde, Colorado, the Basket Maker culture of Cave 7 in Utah, the ruins of Keet Seel in Arizona and was the first to head up excavations of ruins in Chaco Canyon, New Mexico. The excavations were guided by Dr. Pepper of the University of Pennsylvania. He also discovered hundreds of other non-descript ruins in the Four Corners area. He was killed in 1910 by an angry customer near his trading post at Chaco Canyon, New Mexico. The photos here are only a small portion of the collection.


Jim Shaffner Chaco Canyon, New Mexico

 

Pueblo Bonito was first excavated in 1896 by Richard Wetherill.


Cave 7

On November 29,1893 Richard Wetherill led an exploring expedition out of Mancos, Colorado toward Grand Gulch. After a short stop in Bluff City, Utah for supplies the expedition headed north on December 11. Just six days later Richard wrote: ……………….Our success has surpassed all expectations.”   In these words Richard Wetherill announced that he had discovered an entirely new culture previously unknown to anyone. It was obvious that Richard's discovery preceded the Cliff Dweller culture as the excavation was well below the Cliff Dwellers.



Wetherill Reunion 2006 Ute Mountain Tribal Park

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Nicaragua 

Nicaragua 


Don Tripp Landscape Δ

Transplanting balled and bagged pine trees to a new location.


Alamo Ranch

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The Ranch in Casa Colorado has been cleared of brush and trees over a period of years in preparation for planting. The cleared brush was stacked in huge piles over the entire area. When the time was right a day was picked for a masive burn.


The Bisti Badlands

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Bisti Wilderness Area, also known as the Bisti Badlands - scenic and colorful expanse of undulating mounds and unusual eroded rocks in northwest New Mexico.


Kathy Graduation

 


Hong Cong

 


Yangtze River

Yangtze River in China is 3,964 miles long and the longest river in Asia and the third-longest in the world.


Panda Sanctuary Chengdu, China

The largest number of Pandas in the world can be seen here.


Terra Cotta Army. Xi an, China

Great ranks of life-sized soldiers, generals, charioteers, and horses of Xi'an's 2,000-year-old Terra Cotta Army.


Wetherill Photo Album

Courtesy Wanda Eaton Smith and Marietta Eaton.


Great Wall of China

The Great Wall of China easily qualifies as the world's greatest civil engineering feat. The Massive amparts were built in separate sections between 403-221 BC.


China


Tibet

A visit to the 1,000 room Potala Palace in Lhasa, Tibet China. The group climbed 300 steps and reached an altitude 12,000 feet


Tent Rocks, New Mexico

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Between Albuquerque and Santa Fe is the most strange formations made by a Pyroclastic flow from a volcanic explosion 6 to 7 million years ago.


Chaco Canyon, New Mexico a Day of Rememberance

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A day of remembrance for Richard Wetherill June 22, 2010.


Wetherill Album

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Chavez Trading Post

John Wetherill moved to the Chavez Trading Post in 1902-03 from the Ojo Alamo Trading Post leaving his partner Clyde Corville at Ojo Alamo to manage it. A drought forced the closure of both the Ojo Alamo and Chavez trading posts in 1904. John his family and Clyde Corville then moved to the Chaco Canyon Trading Post in 1904, remaining there until 1906 when they moved to Oljato, Utah.  


Johnson Family

Four Johnson brothers. back L-R William A. Johnson bon 31 May 1887, Ira James Johnson born 23 Sep 1889, bottom L-R Edgar Allen Johnson born 29 Mar 1879, Albert Sidney Johnson born 23 Jan 1885. Edgar was born in Mississippi the rest were born in Pilot Point , Texas. My dad is in the lower right had corner born in 1885 Alber Sidney Johnson.


Johnson Ranch Glenrio, New Mexico

The abandoned Johnson Ranch near Glenrio, New Mexico. The ranch was built in about 1910 by James Washington Johnson. The ranch was eventually taken over by his son Ira James Johnson. Ira eventually moved to Amarillo, Texas sometime in 1960. The ranch was abandoned sometime after Ira James Johnson moved.


Pueblo Bonito Chaco Canyon, New Mexico

Jim and Marie Garcia Shaffner visit Chaco Canyon.


Western Diamond Back Rattlesnake Harvest

Marie and I were invited to observe a Rattlesnake roundup in Datil, New Mexico. This observation rates as one of the strangest events I ever observed and to say the least about it could be rated as terrifying.

The hyperlink in the button below is a movie of the Rattlesnake roundup. This is nightmare material.

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Terror Town, Playas, New Mexico

Explosions, mock assaults mark the debut of training site in Playas, New Mexico. The site is an anti terrorist training center operated by New Mexico Tech University.


Alfalfa Farming


Israel Δ


Amsterdam Δ


Thailand Trip Δ


Turkey


Dubai, United Arab Emirates Δ


East Africa Group Δ


Hydroponic Greenhouse Plant Production

One set of photos is of Sun Valley Hydroponics in Fabens, Texas. The operation was a five acre greenhouse complex growing plants by a hydroponic sand culture method. The photos of flowers was the El Cid Greenhouse in Tome, New Mexico, a flower, bedding plant and foliage plant greenhouse company. The two facalities used hydroponic solutions to fertilize plants. Jim Shaffner was the horticulturist / grower for both facilities.


Laos Δ


Chaco Culture National Historic Park

 

Young Pueblo Indians from Laguna Pueblo dancing at Pueblo Bonito celebrating the Summer Soltice.



Wetherill Photo Album 1919-1965


Sandal House Mesa Verde, Colorado

Traveling to Sandal House from the Ute Tribal Park entrance around the Mesa Verde plateau and exiting to Mancos, Colorado and the Alamo Ranch. Photos of pictographs, ruins and the spectacular landscape along the way with old photos to give a different perspective. Recent rain made the roads almost impassable but for the four wheel drive vehicles. Author Fred Blackburn conducted the tour with author Robert Sanchez from the 5280 Denver's Magazine. Robert was writing a story about the Wetherill's. Marie Garcia Shaffner photographer, Jim Shaffner grandson of Richard Wetherill and Mitchell Deer, Ute Tribal Member.


Mesa Verde


Antelope Slot Canyon Page, Arizona

Antelope Canyon is the most-visited and most-photographed slot canyon in the American Southwest. It is located on Navajo land near Page, Arizona. Antelope Canyon includes two separate, photogenic slot canyon sections, referred to individually as Upper Antelope Canyon or The Crack; and Lower Antelope Canyon or The Corkscrew. 


Galápagos Islands


Israel



Mickey's Mabon

The fall harvest celebration at Mark Garcia's home. Guests were his family, neighbor's and many friends.


Chaco Canyon, 2008, Reunion

Terresa Lynn Watson and Kathleen Watson Johnson, Pueblo Bonito, Chaco Culture National Historic Park. The Wetherill and Mason Family reunion began on June 29, 2008 and ended July 6, 2008. The reunion took place as gatherings in four states, two national parks and two native American Reservations. Beginning on June 29th the family gathered at the Shaffner home in Tome, New Mexico to view a horsemanship demonstration and local historic sites.


Sandal House, Mesa Verde

Traveling to Sandal House from the Ute Tribal Park entrance around the Mesa Verde plateau and exiting to Mancos, Colorado and the Alamo Ranch. Photos of pictographs, ruins and the spectacular landscape along the way with old photos to give a different perspective. Recent rain made the roads almost impassable but for the four wheel drive vehicles. Author Fred Blackburn conducted the tour with author Robert Sanchez from the 5280 Denver's Magazine. Robert was writing a story about the Wetherill's. Marie Garcia Shaffner photographer, Jim Shaffner grandson of Richard Wetherill and Mitchell Deer, Ute Tribal Member.


Cave 7

Wetherill family hike to Cave 7 in 2011.


1965 Class Year Reunion


Jarryn Graduation 2015


Jocelyn ENMU Graduation 2015


Wetherill Tour to Chaco Canyon


Bob and Gloria in Thailand


Ralph Hall 90th Birthday Party


Las Golondrinas with the Hennigers


A Chicken Story


Holsinger Report 

This report report was compiled by Francis Levine PhD. It contains documents related to the Richard Wetherill Homestead claim and the communications between various government officials.


Alexander Garcia Graduation from Purdue University

Alex, graduation day May 11, 1014. Indianapolis, Indiana.


Chaco Culture National Historic Park

Young Pueblo Indians from Laguna Pueblo dancing at Pueblo Bonito celebrating the Summer Soltice.


Socorro Hospital Landscape Materials


New Mexico Tech Bedding Plant Production


Governor Susanna Martinez Δ


Rainbow Bridge Wetherill Reunion

Harvey Leake led a backpacking trip to Rainbow Natural Bridge and beyond May 28th and 29th, 2010. Several family members met near the bridge for a short reunion and tour conducted by Harvey. Later, Harvey led a tour and overnight stay two miles beyond the bridge. The group took a trail traveled by John Wetherill in 1909 during the discovery of Rainbow Natural Bridge. Many stops were made to view items along the way that only Harvey knew of.


Snider's Well

An unexcavated Ancestral Pueblo structure has been left as found at this tiny National Monument. Traces of the original building can be seen underneath 800 years of dirt and plant growth. There are no fees or services at the park.


Sandhill Cranes


Greg and Pat in New Mexico and Alaska

 


AiA 2013 Board Meeting

One of the first AiA board meetings with the orginal members in 2013.


AiA Evening Get Togeher

Evening meeting of the Adventures in Anthropology organization. Nicki Panagolpoulos, Hal Behl, Marie Garcia Shaffner, Jim Shaffner.


AiA Trip to Chaco Canyon

A special tour directed by Dr. Ruth Van Dyke for the AiA organization.


AiA Evening with Dinner and the Art of Northern New Mexico

Artist of folk art holding up his art work and giving an explanation and description. 


AiA Trip to Ghost Ranch

Adventures in Anthropology field trip to Ghost Ranch organized by Leslie Cohen. The Hayden Quarry on the Ghost Ranch is the most important paleontology site in the world. Five of the worlds top paleontology scientists happened to be at the Hayden Quarry the day of the visit. Institutions represented at the site was The Field Museum in Chicago, The University of Iowa, The Peabody Institute, University of Utah, American Museum of Natural History in New York.


AiA Trip to Puye Cliff Dwellings

 

The Puye Cliff Dwellings are the ruins of an abandoned pueblo, located in Santa Clara Canyon on Santa Clara Pueblo land near Española, New Mexico. The site was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1966. 


Pueblo Pintado

Richard Wetherill explored here in 1896 when he escorted the Palmer family around the Southwest. This ruin is east of Chaco Canyon.


Adrian and Amanda Wedding Party


2011 Mason and Wetherill Reunion

The 2011 Mason and Wetherill Reunion took place in the Tumwater Historic Park, Tacoma Washington.


San Lorenzo Canyon, New Mexico

Marie Garcia Shaffner is the great great Granddaughter of Anasatcio Garcia. He was the former owner of San Lorenzo Canyon. The canyon was part of a 130,138 acre land grant called the "Arroyo de San Lorenzo.” The land grant was awarded in late 1825 to Antonio Chavez. It was purchased by Anastacio Garcia, Ramon Luna and Rafael Luna in 1850 from the Antonio Chavez family. The San Lorenzo Canyon was a small part of the land grant.


Tome Catholic Church Tome, New Mexico

In 1739 125,000 acres was granted to 30 families by the Spanish Crown and Tome was formed. This album includes the Tome Catholic Church interior. Other photos are of areas around Tome.


Magdalena Ridge Observatory Δ

These photos of the Magdalena Ridge Observatory were taken between the years 2004 and 2006 during road and facility construction. The observatory is located on 1,000 acres at 10,600 feet in the Magdalena Mountains of the Cibola National Forest in Socorro County, New Mexico (NM)


Casa Colorada Ranch

Today was a day of moving a few cows from one pasture to another and bringing some into Tome for fattening up. The Bobcat loader was put on a trailer in Tome and taken 15 miles South to the Casa Colorada Ranch to pick up a portable cattle pen and bring it back to Tome.


Monticello Canyon, New Mexico

This is the Monticello Box that the Alamosa River flows through. It was near here that Geronimo and his band of renegade Apaches bathed over 125 years ago in the warm Springs. We traveled this stream bed for more than 17 miles and crossed it more than a hundred times. It's not more than two feet deep it's entire length.


Casey and Tristin


Kashe-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument

Between Albuquerque and Santa Fe are the most strange formations made by a Pyroclastic flow from a volcanic explosion 6 to 7 million years ago.


Shiprock, New Mexico

Shiprock, located in northwestern New Mexico, is a most impressive example of a volcanic neck, or a central feeder pipe. The remnant of an eruption around 30 million years ago during the Oligocene, it is an 1800 foot basalt core of an extinct volcano.


Sandal House, Ute Mountain Tribal Park

Wetherill reunion 2008 in the Ute Mountain Tribal Park. Fred Blackburn conducted the tour to Sandal House where the Wetherill brothers excavated ancient relics which were sold to the Denver Historical Society in 1890


Rob. Wetherill & Co

 

A catalog of 50 H.P. to 3000 H.P. Corless Engines, Power Machinery, Boilers, Heaters, Plungers and Electric Elevators manufactured by the Robert Wetherill Company established in 1872. This original catalogue was produced in the early 1900's. Courtesy HLC


Pueblos of the Salinas Valley

 

Three ancient civilizations make up the three Pueblos of the Salinas Valley, Abo, Gran Quivira and Quarai. These three pueblos have roots back as far as 7,000 years ago. In 1598 Juan De Onate financed an expedition into New Mexico and the Salinas Valley to establish a Spanish presence. In about 1670 due to Spanish interference , disease, famine and Apache raids the Pueblos were abandoned.


Richard Wetherill

Album of the Richard Wetherill (Wethereld) mill site. The progenitor of the Wetherills of Chester, Pennsylvania. 1788 - 1869.


Petroglyph of Richard Wetherill Murder

A petroglyph of Richard Wetherill's murder was found in a site survey inside Weritos Rincon, South of Pueblo Bonito in 1972. During the Wetherill June 22, 2010 reunion a visit to the site was made. Unfortunately the day of the Wetherill family visit the light was very poor and photographs did not turn out well. Drawings were obtained from the park service which are very accurate depictions of the actual petroglyph.


Oljato, Utah and Monument Valley, Arizona

The Wetherill/Mason of 2008 started off in Oljayto, Utah


Monument Valley


Montezuma Castle

Richard Wetherill guided the Marietta Palmer family here when guiding them throughout the Southwest in 1895-1996. It was on this trip that Richard proposed marriage to Marietta Palmer.


Miraculous Staircase


Tiz Nat Zin Wetherill Trading Post

The location of the Winslow Wetherill trading Post called Tiz Nat Zin is upstream fro the Don Gleason Bridge on Highway 371. The trading post was also known as Swirere Trading Post.


Marietta Wetherill Collection

In 1954 the heirs of Marietta Wetherill at her behest gave the University of New Mexico, Maxwell Museum, her extensive collection of Native American artifacts, textiles, silver work and other items . Marietta Wetherill's husband, Richard Wetherill, was an explorer of the Four Corners area and discoverer of ruins at Mesa Verde, Colorado, the Basket Maker culture of Cave 7 in Utah, the ruins of Keet Seel in Arizona and was the first to head up excavations of ruins in Chaco Canyon, New Mexico. The excavations were guided by Dr. Pepper of the University of Pennsylvania. He also discovered hundreds of other non-descript ruins in the Four Corners area. He was killed in 1910 by an angry customer near his trading post at Chaco Canyon, New Mexico. The photos here are only a small portion of the collection.


Cabezon, New Mexico

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.


Cloride, New Mexico

The Ghost Town of Chloride New Mexico. Built in 1879 after a Silver strike was made and grew to 3000 residents. It now has about a dozen residents which care for the historic buildings. A wonderful place to visit as the residents are very cordial and will be greeted as soon as you arrive.


Rodeo on the Manachao

Al and Mark working out their horses on one of the farms called the Manoshao. Marie and I followed them in our Rhino to watch the workout.


Marietta Wetherill Jemez Mountain Home Site

After the murder of Richard Wetherill, Marietta Wetherill moved to the Jemez Mountains east of Chaco Canyon. It was here that Marietta's fifth child Ruth may have died from an accidental poisoning after ingesting Wild Iris. She is buried on the ranch site at the junction of roads 257 and 103. (36° 00' 09.64 N " N latitude and 106° 42' 51.30 " W longitude) There are two sets of pictures June 30th, 2009 and November 23, 2008.


The Horses

These horses were manufactured by Desert Blooms of Albuquerque. They have been a nice addition to our yard.


Machu Picchu Peru Δ

Machu Picchu is a city located high in the Andes Mountains in modern Peru. It lies 43 miles northwest of Cuzco at the top of a ridge, hiding it from the Urabamba gorge below. Most of the structures are built of granite blocks cut with bronze or stone tools, and smoothed with sand. The blocks fit together perfectly without mortar, although none of the blocks are the same size and have many faces; some have as many as 30 corners. The joints are so tight that even the thinnest of knife blades


Chaco Canyon Headquaters Grand Opening

The visitor center at Chaco Canyon National Park was completely remodeled. June 4th 2012 was opening day.


La Promesa School Principal Honors Marie Garcia Shaffner

 

Marie Garcia Shaffner as a guest of Principal Diane Vallejos at the La Promesa Elementary School awards ceremony.


Garcia New Krone Baler

Mark Garcia Farms purchased a new Krone Baler. Today was the day it was delivered and a factory representative adjusts the computer and manual controls. The machine is operated by computer from the cab of the tractor. The entire family turned out to watch the strange looking machine in operation.


Keet Seel Navajo National Monument

The 700 year old Ancestral Puebloan ruins of Keet Seel were first entered by Richard Wetherill in early 1895. They can only be viewed by hiking a well marked trail on a two day overnight hike.


Jordan Δ

Our group had dinner with the Vice President of the University of Jordan who is the former Secretary of the Ministry of Agriculture. We also visited Petra, Jordan.


Jemez Springs, New Mexico

Photos around the Jemez Springs, New Mexico area which include Soda Dam, Jemez State Monument and the Guadalupe River.


Hidden Mountain

Hidden Mountain west of Los Lunas, New Mexico holds one of the greatest archeological secrets in New Mexico. The "Los Lunas Decalogue Stone", which is a Phoenician version of the Ten Commandments was carved in about the 1st maybe 2nd century BCE. If the stone is in fact legitimate, it is a history changing piece of evidence for the early arrival of Europeans to this continent.


El Morro National Monument

A main east-west trail, dating from antiquity in new Mexico is the sandstone promontory of El Morro. Over the centuries, those who traveled this trail stopped to camp at the shaded oasis beneath these cliffs. They left the carved evidence of their passing -- symbols, names, dates, and fragments of their stories that register the cultures and history intermingled on the rock. Walking around the Loop Trail at the monument, you can see some 2000 petroglyphs and inscriptions that date back to the 1600s when the Spanish traveled through the area.A main east-west trail, dating from antiquity in new Mexico is the sandstone promontory of El Morro. Over the centuries, those who traveled this trail stopped to camp at the shaded oasis beneath these cliffs. They left the carved evidence of their passing -- symbols, names, dates, and fragments of their stories that register the cultures and history intermingled on the rock. Walking around the Loop Trail at the monument, you can see some 2000 petroglyphs and inscriptions that date back to the 1600s when the Spanish traveled through the area.


Egypt Δ

A trip to Egypt to Egypt with friends to view the Pyramids in Cairo.


East Africa Group Δ

A great trip to Africa camping in tents and touring the savanna for Lion's, Tiger's, Elephants and other animals.


East Africa Animals Δ

 


Cliff Palace Mesa Verde, Colorado

Cliff Palace, Mesa Verde, Colorado. Richard Re-enactment. Joseph Weixelman as Richard Wetherill.


Cambodia Δ

Angkor Wat – built by Suryavarman II (r 1112–52) – is the earthly representation of Mt Meru, the Mt Olympus of the Hindu faith and the abode of ancient gods. The Cambodian god-kings of old each strove to better their ancestors’ structures in size, scale and symmetry, culminating in what is believed to be the world’s largest religious building.


Cape May NJ. Wetherill Family

A visit to Cape May N.J. by the Wetherill family members, Jim Wetherill Shaffner, Marie Garia Shaffner, Rulie Wetherill and, Wendy Wetherill.


Birds of New Mexico

Photos of birds in and around Tome, New Mexico.


Betatakin Navajo National Monument

Betatakin ruin in Navajo National Monument, Arizona. It is thought that it was home to one of the clans of Hopi Indians, who moved from the site 700 years ago.


Bandera Volcano

The Bandera Crater erupted around 10,000 years ago and after the eruption, the lava suddenly fell back down the main vent making the bottom of the cone deeper than the outside lava flow. The crater that remains is nearly 1200 feet wide at the top and roughly 750 feet deep.

The Ice Cave is located in part of a 17 mile long collapsed lava tube where the temperature never rises above 31 F. The natural layers of perpetual ice glisten blue-green in the reflected rays of sunlight. They say that the floor of the ice is approximately 20 feet thick and that the deepest ice dates back to 1100 BC


Bandelier National Monument

Hundreds of ruins of Anasazi cliff houses and pueblo-style dwellings lay scattered across the Pajarito Plateau of northern New Mexico. Within Bandelier National Monument's 32,000 acres, 70 miles of trails provide access to these ancient ruins, including the cliff dwellings and Tyuonyi village of Frijoles Canyon.


Amazon River Cruise Δ

A river cruise up the Amazon River on a week long visit to native people and jungle areas.


Alaska and Canada

A 15 day tour of Alaska, Canada and Glacier Bay, Alaska.


Al's Demolition Day

Al demoishing an old cinder block garage next to hi house in Tome.


Spring Branding Day

Alexander bought a herd of Black Angus cows with a 1,600 pound Black Angus bull. All were branded, some were cut and some were checked for pregnancy.


Accident at Front Gate 2012

Accident at our front gate which destroyed the pipe fencing. Mark Garcia helped me repair the damage.


A Day at the Lake

Al and his friends went to Elephant Butte Lake with his trailor to camp for a fun weekend. Al got the truck and trailor buried in the sand. Al called a wrecker from T or C and the wrecker was unable tp pull the trailor and truck out of the sand. Al finally called Mark to help. Mark brought a large truck and backhoe to the area and after several hours was able to pull the truck and trailor out of the sand.


Two Guys and a Hammer

These photos are of three projects by Two Guy's and a Hammer which were very difficult in planning and execution. One was the remodeling of a room with the installation of Latilla's and huge 700 pound Viga's in a ceiling. The next project was a new fireplace installed and built from scratch in the center of a room with an 18 foot ceiling. Faux stone with a Keystone was installed around the fireplace. The next project was the conversion of a garage into an outdoor kitchen.


Ted and Tocky Travel to the Four Cornors

These photos are of a trip in early 2011 by four members of the Wetherill family, James Wetherill Shaffner, Tocky Wetherill Bialobrzeski, Ted Wetherill and Marie Garcia Shaffner. They visited most major archeological sites visited or discovered by the Wetherill brothers in the late 1800's and early 1900. These sites include Chaco Canyon National Historic Park, Mesa Verde National Park, Monument Valley, Arizona, Betatakin Navajo National Monument and Canyon De Chelly National Park.


Mustang

Mark Garcia is riding a wild Mustang. The Mustang was removed from a wilderness area in Wyoming and sold at auction by the U.S. Government and brought to New Mexico. The Mustang has been in training about three weeks and ridden a couple of times without incident.


Mark and Ray Garcia's New Planter

Mark and Ray Garcia's new "No - Till Planter" was assembled and tested for the first time. The machine prepares the soil, plants, and beds the seed all in one operation. It is not necessary to plow or disc the field thus saving much time, fuel and equipment maintenance. The machine is also controlled by a GPS device in the tractor cab.


In Memory of Dr. Henry Bobroff

Dedication of Walatowa Sculptor Estella Loretto's "Unfolding Blessing." Donated to the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center by Dr. Bernard Eggertsen M.D. In memory of Dr. Henry Bobroff, Chief Medical Officer of the Albuquerque Indian Hospital.


 New Mexico Tech Greenhouse

New Mexico Tech Greenhouse produces hundreds of bedding plants for flowerbeds on campus and university activities. Jim Shaffner created the nutrient mix for the plants and designed the greenhouse. Plant fertalizer is provided by a double head injection system.


Tome Hill Petroglyphs

Tome Hill was formed about 30 million years ago when Magma pushed up near the surface. The Rio Grande River later eroded the earth around the Basalt leaving the hill. The hill has been central to the areas, activities for hundreds if not thousands of years. Some Petroglyphs on the hill are at least 2000 years old. Spanish Conquistadors camped at its base while traveling on the Camino Real. In recent times it is used for religious activities during Easter.


City of Rocks State Park

Photos of the rock and rock column's in the New Mexico State Park, "City of Rocks"


The Story of the Chicken

The rubber chicken has traveled the world, besides the United States the chicken has traveled to the Great Wall of China, Donghan, village in China and many more places.


Alaska and Canada

A 15 day tour of Alaska, Canada and Glacier Bay, Alaska.


Stone Carvings

Examples of stone carvings available from a stone carver in Tome, NM.



Garcia Brands 1899 - 1972

 

The Garcia family still has the orginal brand and documentation for a brand certificate issued in 1899.


Frederick F. Chapin Photo Album 1888


Mason Family Album

The Mason Family is connected to the Wetherill famiy through the wife of Charlie Mason, Anna Wetherill Mason b. 1865. She was the daughter of Benjamin Kite Wetherill b. 1831.



Johnson Ranch Glenrio, New Mexico


The abandoned Johnson Ranch near Glenrio, New Mexico. The ranch was built in about 1910 by James Washington Johnson. The ranch was eventually taken over by his son Ira James Johnson. Ira eventually moved to Amarillo, Texas sometime in 1960. The ranch was abandoned sometime after Ira James Johnson moved.


Hidden Mountain Los Lunas, NM

Hidden Mountain west of Los Lunas, New Mexico holds one of the greatest archeological secrets in New Mexico. The "Los Lunas Decalogue Stone", which is a Phoenician version of the Ten Commandments was carved in about the 1st maybe 2nd century BCE. If the stone is in fact legitimate, it is a history changing piece of evidence for the early arrival of Europeans to this continent.


Cruising The Eastern Seaboard

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Cruising the Eastern Seaboard with Jim Wetherill Shaffner, Marie Garcia Shaffner, Rulie Wetherill and Wehndy Wetherill.


The Moon

 


Rafting Accident on the Rio Grande

Jim Shaffner and James Martin were on a rafting trip on the Rio Grande River on a day of the river's maximum flow rate from spring run off. The two of them encountered a barbwire fence at the Bosque Del Apache wild life refuge that had been installed when the river was dry. When Jim and Jim encountered the fence it ripped one rubber raft, deflating it and scattering all their supplies down river. Most of the supplies were losrt requiring the two Jim's to spend the night with no food and wet camping gear. The were not picked up until the afternoon of the next day.


Wetherill Manufacturing Plant 1872

Manufacturers of the Wetherill, Corless Engine from 50 H.P. to  3000 H.P., Elevators and other heavy machinery. Established in 1872. This catalogue is an original catalogue published in the early 1900's. The manufacturing plant was in Chester, Pennsylvania.


Mesa Verde Family Visit

Mesa Verde Family Trip

A trip to Mesa Verde taking the grandchildren to view ruins found by their grand father Richard Wetherill in the late 1800's.


Wings Over Tome, New Mexico

Sandhill Crane

Sandhill Cranes flying over the alfalfa field in Tome and hanging out in the grass.


Tome Hill History in Petroglyphs

Tome Hill was formed about 30 million years ago when Magma pushed up near the surface. The Rio Grande River later eroded the earth around the Basalt leaving the hill. The hill has been central to the area’s activities for hundreds if not thousands of years. Some Petroglyphs on the hill are at least 2000 years old. Spanish Conquistadors camped at its base while traveling on the Camino Real. In recent times it is used for religious activities during Easter.


Landscaping Operation on the Farm


Garcia Easter Celebration 2019

The Easter celebration and Mark Garcia's birthday party 2019.

Harvesting on the Farm


Mark adjusting the baler while Marie looks on. This field produces 450 80 pound bales.


Snider's Well

Jim Wetherill Shaffner

Jim Wetherill Shaffner standing in the remnant hole of the Richard Wetherill excavation of the mid 1890's. Richard Wetherill uncovered a mass of human bones and skulls which may have been the result of a mass murder.


Wetherill Tour 

Jim Shaffner speaking to the group

Jim Shaffner speaking to a group of attendees hosted by Harvey Leake at Chaco Canyon.


Paul Baca Campaign Parade Tour




 

 

 

 

Favorite Albums

Clearing the ranch with fire.

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Clearing trees and brush from the ranch in Casa Colorada.


Rattlesnake Roundup

Marie and I were invited to observe a Rattlesnake roundup in Datil, New Mexico. This observation rates as one of the strangest events I ever observed and to say the least about it, could be rated as terrifying. Click the button below for a movie of the snake hunt 

Snake


Vietnam 1967-1968

Jim Shaffner in a bunker with a machine gun, Chu Lai, Vietnam 1967.