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Hot Springs Cemetery
Truth or Consequences, Sierra County, New Mexico

Contributed by Marilyn Poitras, Apr 16, 2002 [lavelle@zianet.com]. Total records = 2,664.

Truth or Consequences, NM is located off I25. Take the Williamsburg exit (this will take you out on Broadway. Continue through Williamsburg which continues on into T. or C.. Go to the stop light (the only one in town) which is at 3rd and Date Street. Broadway and Date street will have by this time merged so you will automatically be on Date. Continue to 9th Street and turn right. The Cemetery is on the right.

The Hot Springs Cemetery, found within the city limits of present-day Truth or Consequences, (formerly Hot Springs), N.M., has been city-owned, operated and maintained from its beginning as early as 1921 and is almost completely filled. There is no phone or sexton as the cemetery is maintained by the city.

Technically, this is not the first cemetery. There were two others and in 1932 and 1935 the persons buried in the early cemeteries were properly removed to the new cemetery and marked. In 1974 approximately 5 or 6 other graves were found at a near by location and were also removed to the new cemetery.

There was, at one time, in Section II, a mausoleum called The Threads of Life Mausoleum which contained 15 interments. Due to moisture damage and massive deterioration of the concrete walls, it was razed in 1985 and the following persons were re-interred. Pauline Johnson, Herman Robbins, Jessie Strawsburg, Guy E. Crockett, Pansy Barr Crockett, A.J. Burleson, Nora I. Burleson, John B. Blackburn, Suda G., Blackburn, Julius Mitchell, Grace Mitchell, Boyd White, Edna White, May P. Martin and Rex McRee.

The first recording of the Cemetery was done in 1987 with a follow-up recording in 1997. Both recordings are included in this posting. All visible graves have been recorded and this is an actual reading from mortuary markers or headstones. It is recommended that this list be used in conjunction with the Hot Springs Cemetery Card File available in the Sierra Co. Genealogical Society Hot Springs Cemetery book.

The Cemetery information is used with permission by the Sierra Co. Genealogical Society located at: Sierra County Genealogical Society c/o Truth or Consequences Public Library, P.O. Box 311, T. or C. N.M., 87901 Or www.newmexicogenealogy.org
- Marilyn Poitras

 

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