Posted By:Leon Cooper
Subject:Re: Floyd and Redondo in Quay CO?
Post Date:August 06, 2006 at 20:38:07
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Forum:Quay County, NM Genealogy Forum
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Hi, I'm sure the respondents are correct about "Loyd", because Floyd is a small farm community in Roosevelt county 90 miles south of Tucumcari. Mesa Redonda ("round table top") completely encompassed the view toward the east from my first grade classroom at Quay, NM (15 miles south of Tucumcari) in 1935-36 while living at Ragland about 10 miles further south. I climbed and hiked over most of Mesa Redonda during the 1950s. There were ruins of several wooden structures along the base of the mountain at the northwest corner. This was likely the site of the "town" of Redondo. The mountain is a classic "mesa" rising abruptly from the valley floor some 700 vertical feet. The area of the top is approx 3 square miles, with sheer cliffs extending all the way around, offering very limited access to hikers. From the cliffs to the valley floor, the mountain is skirted with steep, alluvial slopes. From the northwest rim at the top, a wooden structure supports a cable that runs downward to the ruins mentioned above. There was evidence that juniper and pinon pine logs had been harvested on the top and transported to the bottom via the cable. Such logs may have been the source of cross ties used in the construction of the railroad that was built through Tucumcari in the early 1900's. Your best source of historical information is author Lynn Moncus who lives in Tucumcari. I'd be happy to email you a photo of Mesa Redonda, if you'd like.