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Youthful riders arrive safely in Roswell

Brothers Louis Abernathy and Temple Abernathy, ages 9 and 5 respectively, arrived in Roswell by horseback in August 1909. They traveled from Guthrie, Oklahoma, and were the sons of U.S. Marshal John R. Abernathy. They came to Roswell via Portales and Estaline, Texas. They were several days on the road and in the “pink of condition” after their long, hard journey. (Photo courtesy of the Historical Society for New Mexico)

Two sons of a Texas U.S. Marshal made long-distance horseback trips that drew attention of NM governor and President Theodore Roosevelt