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Monday, February 2, 2009 - Rockhound State Park, Deming NM

Repurposed concrete adobe brick, Leasburg Dam State Park, Radium Springs NM, January 25, 2009
Repurposed concrete adobe brick, Leasburg Dam State Park, Radium Springs NM, January 25, 2009

So that's what that is...

Some time ago I noticed this unusual "rock" delineating a trail in the park. This concrete-in-a-bag "rock." And wondered what it could have been made for. When a neighbor pointed out a damaged spot in one of the campsite shelters where a careless Rv bumped it I had one of those Aha! moments - it's a fake adobe brick - used to build a fake adobe shelter, plastered with fake adobe plaster. Of course.

Night camp

Site 4 - Rockhound State Park, Deming NM

Heliograph routes of the 1890 Practice

The date was May 15th, 1890, and the Army's Department of Arizona had just completed a major heliograph practice; it was, in fact, the largest the world had ever seen. I call it the "Volkmar Practice", after the man responsible for it, Col. Wm. J. Volkmar, the Assistant Adjutant General and Chief Signal Officer for the Department of Arizona. Although the practice lasted only sixteen days, preparations for it took months of reconnaissance and preparation. Involved in the long range signaling maneuvers were twenty-five heliograph stations stretching from Whipple Barracks near Prescott to Fort Stanton near Ruidoso, New Mexico. My guess is that close to two hundred men were involved, both cavalry and infantry.

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