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Billy Dawson's Nashville To New Mexico

Billy Dawson's 4th Annual

NASHVILLE TO NEW MEXICO


Co-Sponsor:

Gateway Museum


5:00 PM

June 30th

Enchanted Eagle Park


Performer/songwriter Billy Dawson from Sunray, TX is bringing together Nashville's top hit song writers for a high energy evening of acoustic music.


This years event features:

Billy Dawson - Host & Performer

Jeffrey Steele

Rivers Rutherford

Lainey Edwards


This event is festival seating — please bring your own low-back lawn chair. If you have a standard lawn chair you’ll need to sit in the back where you won’t obstruct anyone’s view. No food, glass or alcohol may be brought into event area. Beer and wine will be available for purchase by individuals 21 and over.

1:00 PM on June 30th

Gateway Museum

RSVP: Jack (505) 603-9985


There will be a 45 minute Power Point presentation featuring the Moreno Valley prior to visiting the historic Andriolli and Swanson Ranches in Eagle Nest. Please arrive at Gateway Museum no later than 12:45 to allow for parking and presentation seating.


Heritage Ranch Tour
Eagle Nest Lake Paddle It!

Date:

July 1, 2018, Sunday

Location:

Eagle Nest Lake State Park

42 Marina Way, Eagle Nest, NM 87045

Time:

7:00 AM to ?

Organizer:

Gateway Museum

Co-Sponsors:

Friends of Eagle Nest Lake State Park

& The Village of Eagle Nest


Price:

$20.00 Paddle It! Registration Fee

Registration includes all events & souvenirs!


Sponsorship Opportunities Available. See 'NEWS' Tab.


1:00 PM

June 30th, July 3rd, 5th & 7th

Gateway Museum

RSVP: Jack (505) 603-9985


There will be a 45 minute Power Point presentation featuring the history and construction of the Eagle Nest Dam prior to the Tour. Please arrive at Gateway Museum no later than 8:15 to allow for parking and presentation seating.

Last Chance Dam Tour
Go Fly A Kite

11:00 AM - 3:00 PM

June 30th, July 3rd, 5th & 7th

Gateway Museum

FREE!


Kites will be furnished to children. 

Donations Appreciated!

11:00 AM - 3:00 PM

June 30th, July 3rd, 5th & 7th

Gateway Museum

FREE!


Tomahawks will be provided for use and for sale. 

Tomahawk Throw
Eagle Nest Bow Shoot

July 2nd

Gateway Museum


Contact Jamie McCaslin for details;

(575) 595-6968

5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

July 3rd, 5th & 7th

Gateway Museum

RSVP: Jack (505) 603-9985


Learn about Tipi History and tour a modern day Tipi.

Tipi History Tour & Reception

Eagle Nest Dam

Centennial Celebration


June 30th - July 7th

"A once in a lifetime experience!"


History of Eagle Nest Dam

In 1907, two wealthy ranchers, Frank Springer and Charles Springer, and the Cimarron Valley Land Company were granted a water permit to impound the water of the Cimarron River for irrigation by building a dam.

Construction of the dam began in 1916, and continued until 1918. It was considered the largest privately built dam in the United States. The resulting lake, known as Eagle Nest Lake has an area of 2,500 acres and measures 5 miles long, and 2 miles wide. The dam was constructed by laborers from the Taos Pueblo. It is named Eagles Nest Dam for the eagles that made themselves a home on the sides of the dam. The dam sits between two granite walls, and as part of the plans, the Springers had to reroute U.S. Route 64 to its current location, over McAvoy Hill.


Water rights

To help finance the dam, Springer sold some water rights from Eagle Nest Lake to local farmers and ranchers. These original rights are known as vested rights. In 1951, the State of New Mexico adjudicated the watershed of the Cimarron River. This adjudication confirmed Springer's original permit which gave him the right to store surplus and flood water in the Eagle Nest Lake.

Today, Eagle Nest Lake still serves its intended purpose as a reservoir, which provides irrigation water via the Cimarron River and a complex canal system, to many farmers and ranchers, some as far as 50 miles downstream. Some of the water rights from Eagle Nest Lake have been purchased by local municipalities including Raton and Springer.


State ownership

In 2002, the State of New Mexico bought the lake, and it is now operated by the New Mexico Interstate Stream Commission (ISC), but owners maintained their water rights. The state established the Eagle Nest Lake State Park for use of the lake for recreational purposes.

Eagle Nest Dam
Dawson, NM Reunion 2018

Dawson Reunion

September 1st & 2nd

PLEASE VISIT OUR WEBSITE. IT HAS VERY IMPORTANT INFORMATION AND PICTURES, WITH A LOT OF DAWSON HISTORY; chuckspeed.com/Dawson_Association