The headquarters of the LCs ranch near Cliff, NM was an adobe house built by Robert Craft in the early 1880s. It was a U shaped building built like a hacienda house. The bottom of the U ran E-W and was 180 feet long--all very similar to the Governor's Palace in Santa Fe. The bottom of the U was on the south and the wings ran north off the ends of the bottom. This house was built with dirt floors. In 1899 Thomas Lyons added some rooms on the western wing and had wood flooring installed in the whole shebang. This house was still there in the 1970s--maybe still there today.
I have a photo of it taken in the 1970s I believe. I'd upload it if someone would tell me how.
Looking for voices from the past, people that had experiences with adobe homes pre WWII. As a child, I never saw one that had wooden floors. Such flooring seems only a status thing? Also, wood made a ... more
About wooden floors in adobe buildings. If you visit any of the old frontier fort sites (in Texas for example) you will find wood floors made of dimension lumber set over split or rough hewn floor... more
I used to climb all over the old Fort Davis buildings when I was a kid. That was before they rebuilt the enlisted barracks and officer housing with modern materials. A lot of the old buildings were... more
Thanks. The buildings of which I refer ... they are dirt on six sides = four walls plus one top plus one bottom ... If stucco, then that was a slurry of dirt, insie and/or out. Wood door or window... more
Adobe houses, wood floors Jerry Lobdill,Thu Apr 19 05:36
Not "you" me and my bride ... but the building shaped like a "U" and which is not the Lyons ranch in your photo where "me and my bride" stayed .... Maybe I shoud shift gears here and discuss the... more
Gilla River is two steps behind photographer. Swimming pool elevated about four feet from yard level and two bunk houses same elevation and right also out of photo. Elevation was due to natural slope ... more
Hi Cal, You are describing the Lyons lodge built in 1899 exactly where you describe it to be, and the photo in the link is the lodge. The adobe in my picture is located near Cliff and was called the... more
Sharon, This house was built by Robert Black on his 160 acre homestead, no earlier than 1870. The L&C partnership bought it from him in the time frame 1883-1886. It was owned by the LCs until the... more