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From Apache Mythology, Big Owl is a dangerous giant. In some stories, Big Owl is a cannibalistic monster who paralyzes his victims with a stare, takes them home, and eats them.
Bottomless Lakes State Park is located ~15 miles southeast of Roswell, features eight sinkhole lakes formed in gypsum and mudstone units of the Middle Permian Seven Rivers Formation. The lakes are found at the downstream end of a regional aquifer system, which is recharged from the Sacramento Mountains and Pecos Slope.
In 1879, Holliday came to New Mexico and settled in Las Vegas where he opened a saloon with a partner. Holliday spent his evenings gambling in the saloon and he seemed determined to stress his health condition by heavy drinking. Holliday also enjoyed the company of the dance hall girls that the partners hired to entertain the customers.
Zozobra ("Old Man Gloom") is the creation of Will Shuster, one of a group of artists known as the Cinco Pintores, who made their way to New Mexico in the 1920s.
The Jornada Mogollon occupied much of southern New Mexico and far west Texas for thousands of years. With the Anasazi and the Hohokam, the Mogollon are one of three native prehistoric cultures and is the largest, spanning 400 miles east-west and 500 miles north-south. Various Mogollon branches have been defined to describe the cultural variation across such an immense area including the Jornada Mogollon, the branch farthest to the east and the group attributed to the Three Rivers Petroglyph site, near Carizozo. The Mimbres Mogollon are attributed to the Gila Cliff Dwellings.