The Chronicles of Grant County

This column will feature items that relate somehow to Grant County - the name of a street in the case of the first one, and maybe other streets, or the name of a building or whatever catches the fancy of the contributor, Richard Donough. Readers are encouraged to send him topics of interest to them, so he can do the research and write an article.

yucca new mexico sunset 2018 pixabay mike goad 120 dpi 65A Yucca plant seen in New Mexico during a sunset in 2018. (This image was provided courtesy of Mike Goad through Pixabay.)

Yucca is the state flower of New Mexico.

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thanksgiving horn two jill wellington from pixabay 120 dpiThis image was provided courtesy of Jill Wellington from Pixabay.

Thanksgiving today is considered a truly American holiday that is celebrated by almost everyone within the country, including people throughout Grant County and New Mexico.

diabetes tumisu from pixabayThis image was provided by Tumisu from Pixabay.

The need to help people with diabetes has been–and is–critical in New Mexico and throughout the United States.

“Approximately 241,120 people in New Mexico, or 14.1% of the population, have diabetes,” according to the most recent report from the American Diabetes Association published in 2016. “Of these, an estimated 59,000 have diabetes but don’t know it, greatly increasing their health risk. In addition, 603,000 people in New Mexico, 39.7% of the adult population, have prediabetes with blood glucose levels higher than normal but not yet high enough to be diagnosed as diabetes. Every year an estimated 12,000 people in New Mexico are diagnosed with diabetes.”

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Veterans Day 

Veterans Day Thank You Forest ServiceThis image was provided courtesy of the United States Forest Service. What will you be doing today at 11:00 AM?

Some Americans will pause what they are doing to remain silent at that moment.

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rainbow gila national forest emory pass july 5 2017 flickr 1This rainbow was seen at Emory Pass in the Gila National Forest on July 5, 2017. (The photograph was provided courtesy of the United States Forest Service.)

Rainbows bring smiles to many throughout Grant County. Perhaps even on Rainbow Road in San Lorenzo or on one of the more than 35 other roadways in New Mexico with the name “rainbow."

But, according to information on a website produced by the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), “A rainbow isn’t really a ‘thing’ and it doesn’t exist in a particular ‘place.' It is an optical phenomenon that appears when sunlight and atmospheric conditions are just right – and the viewer’s position is just right to see it.”

The Chronicles Of Grant CountyOaks – Part II

emancipation oak jerry gammon april 17 2019According to the Virginia Department of Historic Resources, residents of Hampton first listened to a reading of the Emancipation Proclamation under this Oak tree - the Emancipation Oak – in early 1863. (This photograph was provided courtesy of Mr. Jerry Gammon, April 17, 2019.)According to the Virginia Department of Historic Resources, residents of Hampton first listened to a reading of the Emancipation Proclamation under this Oak tree - the 

Oak trees are found throughout the United States, including in Grant County and New Mexico. Five roadways are named after the Oak tree in several communities in Grant County; more than 200 roadways are named after Oak trees throughout the state.

oak tree public domain pixabay november 27 2010 The leaves of Oak trees change colors from green to a variety of oranges, yellows, and browns in the Fall each year. Public domain photo on PixabayRoadways in a number of communities in Grant County are named after the Oak tree. Among the roadways are three separate Oak Streets in Bayard, Santa Clara, and Silver City. In addition, Oakridge Drive is located just east of Silver City, while Oakwood Avenue is situated just west of Silver City.

According to the United States Forest Service, oaks a common sight in the Cherry Creek Campground in the Gila National Forest: “In the autumn, hillsides turn into a beautiful mosaic of golden aspens, rusty oaks, and bright red sumac.”

Louisiana Street is one of the roadways in Silver City named after an American state or commonwealth.  This street is located near the campus of Western New Mexico University. Part of New Mexico was initially part of the Louisiana Purchase.

“Louisiana” was named after the King of France, King Louis XIV;  he was also known by other names, including the “Sun King”. Three Frenchmen are credited in various reports with being among the first Europeans to explore what became known as “Louisiana”:  Louis Jolliet, Jacques Marquette, and René-Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle.

According to a news article in The Windsor Star on April 30, 1999, “René-Robert Cavelier de La Salle…[erected] a cross and…[proclaimed] the Mississippi delta the property of Louis XIV” on April 9, 1682.  A news article dated September 23, 1983, in The Weekly News of Marksville, Louisiana, stated that it was La Salle who gave the name “La Louisiane” to the territories that included all of the Mississippi River watershed.  La Louisiane stretched from a portion of what is today Canada to the Gulf of Mexico and from the Rocky Mountains to Appalachia.