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 Wikipedia

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

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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.


In the changing world of the American southwest, his words rang true:

“I WILL SHOW THE TEXANS THERE IS AT LEAST ONE MEXICAN IN THE COUNTY WHO IS NOT AFRAID OF AN AMERICAN COWBOY – 1884” 

  

    The elfego baca story


Elfego Baca in Life and Legend by Larry D. Ball, Texas Western Press 1992