The colorful, rich history of the “Mountain Pride” stagecoach is the subject of the next Culture Series presentation at the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum in Las Cruces.
Steve Dobrott of the Hillsboro Historical Society is the speaker for this lecture at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 9 in the Museum’s Theater. Admission is free. The Culture Series presentations are organized and hosted by the Friends of the Museum.
In this slide presentation of historic photos from the archives of the Black Range Museum, Dobrott visually relates his extensive research on the famous old stagecoach that once ran the Lake Valley, Hillsboro, and Kingston stage line from 1889 to 1916. The cast of characters includes J.W. Orchard and his infamous wife Sadie, who among others, were once co-owners of the stage line.
The Hillsboro Historical Society is hoping to work out a long-term loan agreement to have the stagecoach exhibited at the newly refurbished Black Range Museum in Hillsboro. The stagecoach is currently at Lincoln Historic Site in Lincoln, N.M.
Dobrott, past president and current board member of the Hillsboro Historical Society, managed Ted Turner’s Ladder Ranch in south-central New Mexico for 24 years. He stayed on to be the ambassador for Ted Turner Expeditions (now Ted Turner Reserves), an eco-tourism business, before retiring in Hillsboro.