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Cookes Peak-Fort Cummings, Luna and Hidalgo County, New Mexico

 
A view of Cookes Peak from within the walls of Fort Cummings. Fort Cummings was built by the Californians in 1863, three hundred yards from Cooke's Spring. Fort Cummings was isolated by miles of desert and surrounded by the Mimbreno and Chiricahua Apaches. "Pueblos, Villages, Forts and Trails", UNM Press, David Noble
 
 
 
Along the Butterfield Trail Cooke's Spring lay at the heart of Apache territory. The cool waters of this spring have quenched the thirst of Spaniards, Mangas Coloradas's warriors, transcontinental travelers, frontier troops, Butterfield Stage travelers and even the railroad at nearby Florida Station. "Pueblos, Villages, Forts and Trails", UNM Press, David Noble
 
 
The Candy Mine on Fluorite Ridge near the western edge of Cooke's Range was known for albite, biotite, calcite, fluorite, glauconite, muscovite, orthoclase, pyrite and quartz. "Minerals of New Mexico", UNM Press, Stuart Northrop
 
 
 
Beep, Beep. The Roadrunner, Geococcyx californianus, is a formidable predator and can run up to 15 miles per hour.
 
Wild Turkey, Meleagris gallopavo, is the largest native game bird in New Mexico.
 
 
As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, O God.
 
 
 
My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. Psalm 42
 
 
 
 
 
The Robin, Turdus migratorius, is a migrator in northern states but in New Mexico is a year round resident.