Welcome to Sierra County! Hot Springs District
Because of the hot mineral springs which issued from the ground, the site of the present Truth or Consequences was considered "neutral grounds" by the Southwestern Indians long before white settlement of the area. Here they gathered without conflict for the inter-tribal exchange and to bathe their wounds and other ailments. During the latter half of the 1800′s, two great ranches were established across the southern part of the area now covered by Sierra County. Cowboys from one of these ranches, the John Cross Ranch, built the first adobe bath house over Geronimo Spring.
The first homestead entry in what is known as Truth or Consequences was filed in 1910. With the beginning of the construction of Elephant Butte Dam in 1911, the settlement of Palomas Hot Springs (now Truth or Consequences) began to grow. It was incorporated as a town in 1916, the year of the completion of the Dam. It developed as a health resort and trading left for nearby mining, farming, and stock raising areas. It was made the county seat in 1936.
For more information and great photos, check out this website: http://torcchamber.com/t-or-c/area-hot-springs/
Photos and Text: Courtesy of LaRena Miller, "A Visitors Guide to the Geronimo Trail