Oliver Lee Memorial State Park Celebrates

Heritage Preservation Event May 14
ALAMOGORDO, NM – Oliver Lee Memorial State Park announces that their annual Heritage Preservation Day event will be held this Saturday, May 14, 2011. Get a glimpse into late 19th century ranch life; enjoy a quiet green oasis of cottonwoods, ash trees and maidenhair fern in the Chihuahuan Desert. Experience the beauty and history of Dog Canyon and the Tularosa Basin.
“Come enjoy our two main attractions, the nature trail and the ranch house, while learning about the history of the Tularosa Basin,” said Wendy Justice, Park Manager.
Oliver Milton Lee (1865-1941) had a colorful career in New Mexico history. The adobe ruin of the house was excavated in 1984-85 as an archeological site and then reconstructed using historical photos, evidence from the excavation and oral histories.
The Heritage Preservation Day schedule follows:
10:00 to 11:30 a.m. – Riparian Nature Trail Walk: Meet at the Visitor Center. While walking the Riparian Nature Trail enjoy the scenic beauty and learn about the water resource at Dog Canyon. Discover the diversity of plants and animals that rely on the Dog Canyon stream. Learn how native cultures and early settlers used the resources of the canyon.
1:00 to 4:00 p.m. – Oliver Lee Ranch House: The ranger staff will be available to facilitate your self-guided tour of the Oliver Lee Ranch House. The house was originally built in 1893. Today, the reconstructed home of the Lee family houses period furnishings and displays that provide a window into the history of early ranching in the Tularosa Basin.
Oliver Lee Memorial State Park is 12 miles south of Alamogordo via US 54, then four miles east on Dog Canyon Road. For more information, contact the park at (575) 437-8284 or log onto www.nmparks.com.