Creator: Aultman, Otis A.
Description: Photograph of Columbus Refugees. The accompanying information on the back of this photograph reads as follows: "Refugees from Columbus, New Mexico evacuated following raid?" The Raid on Columbus, New Mexico was conducted by Pancho Villa and his band of insurrectos in March of 1916. The heavy clothing that these people are wearing does not fit with the clothing that was worn by those in Columbus at the time of the Raids - Please see photo titled "[Man with Clock] -ELPL_B710, also in this website. The people in this photograph are wearing heavy coats and the unknown mountain range in the desert background is covered with snow. While Columbus is not in the mountains, it has ranges on all four sides. To the east and north of Columbus is the Florida Mountain range; to the west and north is the Tres Hermanas Range; south into Mexico is the Sierra de los Palomas, and to the north is Cooke's Range. So it is possible that these people were leaving Columbus. The mountain range in the background is possibly the Florida Mountain range or Cooke’s Range.
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