Published in 1904, the Gazetter Publishing Company of Denver, Colorado, outlined businesses in New Mexico. Their New Mexico Business Directory: 1903-1904, highlighted Union County, separating listings by “livestock farmers, wool growers, and other businesses and (including) post office locations.”
Under one listing it reads, “DEHAVEN (Now in Harding County) – Post office in Union County, 22 miles east of Roy, the nearest railroad point; sheep raising the principal industry; tri-weekly mails; population of neighborhood, 100… D.C. Traister, Postmaster; Traister Bros. (gen’l mdse, cattle, sheep)”
When we visit the Clayton, New Mexico, Memorial Cemetery records book, we learn Daniel Clinton Traister was born 5/19/1863 and settled in the Yates community of Union County, New Mexico, in 1880. D.C. Traister was responsible for the mail that traveled Yates to DeHaven to Bueyeros and back by horseback, following the Alamocita Creek.
You, too, can follow the walkable portion of the Alamocita, the path used by the horse-riding mail carriers in the 19th and 20th century. Treading three centuries in History’s foot (hoof) steps.