Exhibits at Herzstein Memorial Museum

Museum Exhibits

Exhibits include items given to the museum by the Herzstein family, memorabilia from local families, historic room settings and local history (including the capture and hanging of the notorious murderer and train-robber Black Jack Ketchum), and an exhibit on the 1930s’ Dust Bowl and its effect on Northeastern New Mexico.

 
Santa Fe Trail Exhibit
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The Santa Fe Trail was an historic trail from Independence, Missouri to Santa Fe, New Mexico used in the 1800’s for trade and military. Explore the famous Santa Fe Trail which ran north of Clayton, New Mexico, and see the many artifacts that were found on the trail.

The Dust Bowl Exhibit
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The Dust Bowl, also known as the Dirty Thirties, was a period of severe dust storms that greatly damaged the ecology and agriculture of the US and Canadian prairies during the 1930s; severe drought and a failure to apply dryland farming methods to prevent wind erosion (the Aeolian processes) caused the phenomenon.

Black Jack Ketchum Exhibit
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Tom "Black Jack" Ketchum, born on Halloween 1863, in San Saba, Texas. He was hung for robbing a train, his decapitation ended a troubled life.

Before Ketchum lost his head, a photographer captured the noose being placed around his neck. Ketchum holds the dubious distinction of being the only person ever put to death for the offense of “felonious assault upon a railway train” in New Mexico Territory.

Jim Deam Saddles Exhibit
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The Museum contains one of the largest displays of Jim Deam saddles. A local saddle maker who grew up in Clayton, and was famous for his saddle making.

WPA Collection Exhibit
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The Dust Bowl, also known as the Dirty Thirties, was a period of severe dust storms that greatly damaged the ecology and agriculture of the US and Canadian prairies during the 1930s; severe drought and a failure to apply dryland farming methods to prevent wind erosion (the Aeolian processes) caused the phenomenon.

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The Dust Bowl, also known as the Dirty Thirties, was a period of severe dust storms that greatly damaged the ecology and agriculture of the US and Canadian prairies during the 1930s; severe drought and a failure to apply dryland farming methods to prevent wind erosion (the Aeolian processes) caused the phenomenon.