The Mogollon Mountain region is probably the least known of any section in New Mexico of similar extent and wealth. The region offers a ripe field for both the archaeologist and the student of modern history.
The region bears evidence, in its many prehistoric ruins, of having at one time supported a large sedentary population. As regards the early inhabitants of this area, E. W. Haury, in his The Mogollon Culture of Southwestern New Mexico says, "A date of 900 in the Mogollon village for pit houses throws some light on the rapidity accompanying the change, for certainly, in the early decades of the 1000s, pueblos were already being built. Pit houses, therefore, survived late in this region, and need not be assigned the great age customarily associated with dwellings of this type."
Since the advent of the white man in the Southwest, the Mogollon Mountains have, however, been the home and hunting grounds of the Apache Indians.
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First Committee Member (Chair)
George P. Hammond
Second Committee Member
Third Committee Member
Simon Peter Nanninga
Anderson, John B.. "A History of the Mogollon Mining District, New Mexico." (1939). https://digitalrepository.unm.edu/hist_etds/90