Greater Glenwood Guide

The Grand Pooh Bah at Glenwood's Annual Doo Dah Parade

Glenwood is a town rich in history of ancient cultures, geological wonders, famous Apaches, miners, ranchers, mountain men, outlaws and military men.  To name a few: Sgt. James Cooney, Victorio, Geronimo, Cochise Butch Cassidy & the Wild Bunch , Billy the Kid, Ben Lilly, Olaf Wieghorst and Montague Stevens who owned the WS Ranch
Glenwood is nestled below the Mogollon Mountains 65 miles north of Silver City, New Mexico and 38 miles south of Reserve, New Mexico. Population in 2010 was 143.  Known in 1878 as the Bush Ranch, it later became  'Whitewater' for the Creek that flows from the mountains; as a  stage coach was: "Glenwood Springs"; from 1904-06 it was: Clear Creek.  In 1906 when the Post Office moved to it's present location it was named  Glenwood by Sarah Kitt. Allen Bush, Doc Rowe and his brother George  were instrumental in establishing Glenwood as a safer place to be between settlements.
In 1893 the Graham Mill was built at the mouth of Whitewater Canyon  and the town of Graham developed. Three miles of pipe  were used to build a water line up the canyon to run the steam generators at the mill. Teams of up to 40 horses pulling wagons delivered the pipe to the site. Ore was pulled down the mountain to a chute on the ridge above the mill by smaller teams. Brace holes were drilled into the  rock walls, sometimes 20 feet above the canyon floor, to hold the timbers and iron bars that supported the water line. The mill closed in 1913 and the town faded away. “Billy the Kids,” step-father William Antrim was the town’s blacksmith. Remnants of the Mill can be seen on the canyon wall overlooking the parking area of the Catwalk National Recreation Trail.
Whitewater Canyon saw few visitors until the 1930's when the Civilian Conservation Corps. was assigned the task of building The Catwalk  as a recreation attraction for the Gila National Forest. In 1961 the Forest Service replaced the old wooden Catwalk with a new hanging metal walkway; both  followed the path of the pipeline.
Today's trail comes to a substantial  metal walkway that was built after the flood of 2013,  The Catwalk is a popular  picnic spot, birding area, and rich with beauty.
4th of July Fireworks

         Blu Can Man

In 2010 the MRAC Youth Mural Program came to Glenwood. This is a hands on educational program based on history. Thirty five local students ranging in age from 5 - 16 years old worked on the mural: "Games Children Play". They designed it, drew the horses on the wall, made and glazed ceramic tiles, created mosaics, installed their work, grouted, and painted the swirls of dust. This program focuses on building self esteem, self confidence and self worth; collaborating, creating and cooperating  and the importance of Public Art in our lives. The mural can be seen at the Glenwood Community Complex on the back wall of the Glenwood Community Library.

Photos: Lynn Neidermeyer and David Thornburg