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Bosque del Apache Land Grant records

Identifier: Ms-0099-SC

Scope and Contents

The collection includes the grant documents for land that is now a wildlife preserve. Included are a document confirming the grant of the land to Antonio Sandoval on July 20, 1859, which includes a map detailing the land, and two pieces of correspondence. The correspondence, dated 1876, is from Arthur J.B. Maingay of Rotterdam surrendering his interest in the grant to John Collinson of London. There is a also a receipt for the land signed by Collinson.


  • 1859-1877

Biographical / Historical

The Bosque del Apache Land Grant, in Socorro County, New Mexico was given to Antonio Sandoval, for services rendered, upon his petition to the Governor of New Mexico Manual Armijo, in November 1845. After Sandoval’s death, his executor Nicolas Lucero, was authorized to sell parts of the land. The Bosque del Apache land, “woods of the Apache” in Spanish, is now a wildlife preserve in southern New Mexico on the Rio Grande river. It is one of the preeminent sites in the USA for photographing migratory birds.


4 items (Small Collections )

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Documents relating to a land grant of 67,017 acres in Socorro County.

Separated Materials

HD243.N6 B6 1879 The Bosque del Apache Grant : containing 60,117 39/100 acres, situated on the Rio Grande del Norte, Socorro County, New-Mexico, U.S.A., confirmed by Act of Congress, 21st June, 1860 ; patented by U.S. Government 21st March, 1877, as claim 35, description and title deeds.

Processing Information

Austin Hoover, July 1982 Updated by Cassie McClure, 2005
Guide to the Bosque del Apache Land Grant records
Austin Hoover and updated by Cassie McClure,
Updated in 2005
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Repository Details

Part of the New Mexico State University Library Archives and Special Collections Repository

Branson Hall
PO Box 30006
MSC 3475
Las Cruces New Mexico 88003 USA