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 adobe in your photo which I did not see. The U shape was Spanish design. That makes me wonder if that adobe dated to the Spanish era.
Many adobe buidings still in use in this region pre-date 1848 and the Spanish. The buildings had no halls ... To change rooms you had to step outside in the snow in your bare feet and scoot along to your destination room. In the summer, you scooted along through the rattle snakes, and such.
Inside the U were parked wagons and other assets, excluding stock. The well might be there also, and a tree for shade in summer.
The Lyons ranch where my bride and I stayed, no U, it had a swimming pool in which warm geothermal water flowed 24/7 ... then flowed onward to the Gilla River 50 feet away. The Gilla Cliff dwellings were about five miles up-stream; Campbell's down stream. The house was not adobe, but made of sticks with a large central dining room. The legend being that Mr. Lyons brought in a pool table ... on a wagon ... over those mountains. He in fact did host Teddy Roosevelt, maybe twice. Teddy was a killer, liked to hunt.
I don't have a photo of my bride in the pool, but maybe I can find a photo of the house. More later, sun is cooming up ... gotta feed the stock .... my little dog.
Hi Cal and OTC... It's sure been quiet around here recently! 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... more
L C Ranch, "U", me , and my bride CAL,Sat Apr 21 07:59
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