Keeping New Mexico History Alive
Elfego Baca Project
Monumental Mysteries Series, Travel Channel, aired August 15, 2014. Don Wildman Host segment on the Elfego and the statue in Reserve. Is this the longest gun fight in history?
Incredible Elfego Baca by Howard Bryan, Clear Light Publishing 1994
Law and Order, Ltd. The Rousing Life of Elfego Baca, Facsimile of 1928 edition by Kyle Crichton, Sunstone Press 2008
Monumental Mysteries Series, Travel Channel, filmed Oct 2013 to be aired Spring of 2014
Disney's Wonderful World of Color, 1958-60, Series "The Nine Lives of Elfego Baca"
Check Legends of America
Check Noble Bandits/Bio/Baca
Cowboys and Indians Magazine, Top 10 Old West Gunfights, Nov/Dec 2013
¡Viva Elfego! by Stan Sager, Sunstone Press 2008
True West Magazine, Elfego Baca's Cowboy Standoff, September 2000
Elfego Baca Destined to Survive by Robert J. Alvarado, Sierra Press 2016
TV / media
Books and publications
Elfego Baca is a true-life hero, not just a legend. His heroic standoff, a one man war against oppression and discrimination. His gunfight to defend the Spanish citizens of the San Francisco valley, now an area called Reserve, was the longest and largest in history, but little known.
Elfego is the descendent of Spanish colonists who arrived in the New World in the 1500s. His ancestors came to New Mexico with Juan de Onate, along with other proud and brave Spanish families, but after the Mexican-American War the American southwest was changing with an influx of eastern immigrants and cattlemen.
The quiet people of Frisco were overrun by Texas cowboys and their cattle. Cowboys who did not like Mexicans. It escalated to violence. With the bravery of his ancestors running in his veins, Elfego unselfishly traveled the 120 miles from Socorro to Frisco to defend the Spanish residents, people he did not know. We will never know what inspired this courage, but we know the outcome is all but a miracle. One wonders if he was destined to go and destined to survive.
“I WILL SHOW THE TEXANS THERE IS AT LEAST ONE MEXICAN IN THE COUNTY WHO IS NOT AFRAID OF AN AMERICAN COWBOY – 1884”
In the changing world of the American southwest, his words rang true:
Elfego Baca in Life and Legend by Larry D. Ball, Texas Western Press 1992