Bluewater, New Mexico

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*About 1880, a railroad map was made showing the stagecoach routes of the area. <ref>A geographically correct county map of the states traversed by the Atchison, Topeka and the Santa Fe Railroad and its Connects, 1880. Library of Congress,Railroad Maps, 1828 - 1900. http://www.loc.gov/item/98688578</ref> Notice the name of the Station is "Blue Water", the Anglicized version of the older Spanish Agua Azul.
 
*About 1880, a railroad map was made showing the stagecoach routes of the area. <ref>A geographically correct county map of the states traversed by the Atchison, Topeka and the Santa Fe Railroad and its Connects, 1880. Library of Congress,Railroad Maps, 1828 - 1900. http://www.loc.gov/item/98688578</ref> Notice the name of the Station is "Blue Water", the Anglicized version of the older Spanish Agua Azul.
 
*About 1882, a railroad map was made showing the train routes through the area. <ref>Colton’s Intermediate Railroad Map of the United States, 1882. Library of Congress, Railroad Maps, 1828 - 1900. http://www.loc.gov/item/gm71000840</ref> Notice that the name of the Station was Bluewater (one word) and this has continued to the present day.
 
*About 1882, a railroad map was made showing the train routes through the area. <ref>Colton’s Intermediate Railroad Map of the United States, 1882. Library of Congress, Railroad Maps, 1828 - 1900. http://www.loc.gov/item/gm71000840</ref> Notice that the name of the Station was Bluewater (one word) and this has continued to the present day.
*Mar 1911, “Ernst A. Tietjen and his wife Emma O. Tietjen” sold lots 1 & 4 in block B in the new town of Bluewater to F.G. Nielson for $30. <ref>Deed Records, Book B1, page 609. Valencia county NM Recorders Office.</ref> Along with this deed was a map of the original townsite.
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*Mar 1911, Ernst A. Tietjen and his wife Emma O. Tietjen sold lots 1 & 4 in block B in the new town of Bluewater to F.G. Nielson for $30. <ref>Deed Records, Book B1, page 609. Valencia county NM Recorders Office.</ref> Along with this deed was a map of the original townsite.
*August 1914, Ernst A. Tietjen and his wife Emma O.Tietjen sold the lot containing the first Bluewater schoolhouse to School District #16 of Valencia County. <ref>Deed Records, Book B3, page 149. Valencia county NM Recorders Office.</ref> The deed for this land also included a map showing the townsite.
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*August 1914, Ernst A. Tietjen and his wife Emma O.Tietjen sold the lot containing the first Bluewater schoolhouse, lot 1 of block F, to School District #16 of Valencia County. <ref>Deed Records, Book B3, page 149. Valencia county NM Recorders Office.</ref> The deed for this land also included a map showing the townsite.
 
*May 1919, a new map was recorded by Thomas J. McNiel at the Valencia county recorders office - "McNeill Addition to the Old Bluewater Townsite." <ref>County Records, Maps B 362. Valencia county NM Recorders Office.</ref> This map clearly showed a new street connecting from the town to the County Road with the new schoolhouse on the south side of this street in the middle of the block.
 
*May 1919, a new map was recorded by Thomas J. McNiel at the Valencia county recorders office - "McNeill Addition to the Old Bluewater Townsite." <ref>County Records, Maps B 362. Valencia county NM Recorders Office.</ref> This map clearly showed a new street connecting from the town to the County Road with the new schoolhouse on the south side of this street in the middle of the block.
 
*January 1923, a map was recorded called “Bluewater - Toltec Irrigation District Map.” <ref>County Records, Maps C - 5 - 28. Valencia county NM Recorders Office.</ref> It clearly showed Bluewater canyon, the canals & ditches, and the land covered by the district. And it also showed the Bluewater Cemetery.
 
*January 1923, a map was recorded called “Bluewater - Toltec Irrigation District Map.” <ref>County Records, Maps C - 5 - 28. Valencia county NM Recorders Office.</ref> It clearly showed Bluewater canyon, the canals & ditches, and the land covered by the district. And it also showed the Bluewater Cemetery.

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Contents

General Information

  • In December 1905, Ernst A. Tietjen finished homesteading his land obtaining clear title to the northeast quarter of section 22, Township 12 west, Range 11 north. [1] [2] He had laid out the town of Bluewater at what he thought was the southwest corner of his land. The town could have been laid out as early as seven years before. But now with the surveying problem, it was found that a small part of the townsite on the west side was actually on the land of Thomas J. McNeil. However the original layout of Bluewater was not changed, most likely through the cooperation of McNeil.
  • On 27 August 1910, “Ernst A. Tietjen and his wife Emma O. Tietjen” sold the first lot in the new town of Bluewater to E.H. Dewey for $15. [3] This was the beginning of the new town. For the next six years E.A. Tietjen promoted the town of Bluewater by the selling off of his land. The Bluewater townsite originally consisted of six blocks A thru F arranged as two blocks east and west by three blocks north and south. The first four blocks were divided into four lots and the last two blocks were divided into two lots because they were only half the size. Six streets were planned: the present day Oak, Center, & Spruce streets going east and west; along with the present day Fir, Cedar, & Pine streets going north and south. There was no planned street on the south going east and west. The above townsite in the records of Valencia county is called the Tietjen addition to the town of Bluewater. Only two maps show the original Bluewater townsite as it existed then, each included with a deed for land within the townsite. [4] [5]
  • About 1915, Thomas J. McNeill sold land to the School District #16. [6] This is where the second Bluewater school house was built. McNeill then began to setup the "McNeill Addition to the Old Bluewater Townsite" and recorded a map of this addition four years later. The map clearly showed a new street connecting from the town to the County Road with the new schoolhouse on the south side of this street in the middle of the block. [7] In the present day, this is Pinon Street connecting from Pine Street to Main Street. Probably it was about this time that Center Street was also extended from Pine Street to Main Street.
  • In September 1957, a map was recorded for the “Rains Addition to the Village of Bluewater.” [8] The map clearly showed the land around Elk and Maple Streets just south of Pinon Street. This new addition to Bluewater was located on land originally owned by T.J. McNeill.
  • In November 1978, a map of “Longs addition to Bluewater village” [9] was recorded. The map clearly showed the land around Willow Street just west of the present day Bluewater Elementary School. This new addition was located on land originally owned by E.A. Tietjen.
  • In May 1979, a map was recorded for the “Sunrise Estates of Bluewater village.” [10] The map clearly showed the land around Sunrise Loop Road, Sunny Shade Lane, Sunny Slope Road, and Sunny Dale Road. This new addition to Bluewater was located on Chapman’s hill where the land originally belonged to Welcome O. Chapman.

Archives and Libraries

Cemeteries

  • Pioneer Memorial Park (also known as Bluewater Cemetery) in Bluewater NM at Find A Grave. From I-40, take the Bluewater Village exit, 606 or Main Street. South 1 mile to stopsign, turn left. About three quarters of a mile, the cemetery will be off to the right.
  • McNeill Family Cemetery in Bluewater NM at Find A Grave. From I-40, take the Bluewater Village exit, 606 or Main Street. South a quarter mile, turn right on Center Street west a half mile, turn left on Fir Street south about a quarter mile. Cemetery will be on the right.

Church Directories

Church Records

Directories

Funeral Homes - Indexes

Genealogy

Census

Remember that a census enumeration for a rural town such as Bluewater really covered an area that included the town. Therefore some of the names of people enumerated did not live in the town itself, but in the surrounding area.

  • In the 1910 US Census, 35 Heads of Household were recorded as living in Bluewater, Precinct #16 on 15 April 1910.[11].
  • In the 1920 US Census, 66 Heads of Household were recorded as living in Bluewater, Precinct #16 on 1 January 1920.[12]
  • In the 1930 US Census, 57 Heads of Household were recorded as living in Bluewater, Precinct #16 on 1 April 1930.[13]
  • In the 1940 US Census, 58 Heads of Household were recorded as living in Bluewater, Precinct #16 on 1 April 1940.[14]

Maps

  • November 1873, a map was recorded at the Surveyor Generals Office in Santa Fe NM called “Fractional Township No. 12 North Range No. 11 West of the New Mexico Principal Meridian.” [15] This map clearly showed Bluewater Creek flowing through Bluewater valley and the "Agua Azul" Station located a little more than a mile north of present day town of Bluewater. Several buildings were shown there at the confluence of three stagecoach roads - from Ft. Wingate, from Santa Fe, and from Albuquerque.
  • About 1880, a railroad map was made showing the stagecoach routes of the area. [16] Notice the name of the Station is "Blue Water", the Anglicized version of the older Spanish Agua Azul.
  • About 1882, a railroad map was made showing the train routes through the area. [17] Notice that the name of the Station was Bluewater (one word) and this has continued to the present day.
  • Mar 1911, Ernst A. Tietjen and his wife Emma O. Tietjen sold lots 1 & 4 in block B in the new town of Bluewater to F.G. Nielson for $30. [18] Along with this deed was a map of the original townsite.
  • August 1914, Ernst A. Tietjen and his wife Emma O.Tietjen sold the lot containing the first Bluewater schoolhouse, lot 1 of block F, to School District #16 of Valencia County. [19] The deed for this land also included a map showing the townsite.
  • May 1919, a new map was recorded by Thomas J. McNiel at the Valencia county recorders office - "McNeill Addition to the Old Bluewater Townsite." [20] This map clearly showed a new street connecting from the town to the County Road with the new schoolhouse on the south side of this street in the middle of the block.
  • January 1923, a map was recorded called “Bluewater - Toltec Irrigation District Map.” [21] It clearly showed Bluewater canyon, the canals & ditches, and the land covered by the district. And it also showed the Bluewater Cemetery.
  • Late 1925 or early 1926, another map of the town of Bluewater was recorded at the Valencia county recorders office, “PLAT OF portions of Section 22, township 12 N., range 11 W., N.M.P.M. Showing Bluewater Townsite, McNeil Addition and other TRACTS.”[22] The date of the map was not given. But the owners names for each of the lots and tracts of land in Bluewater are clearly shown. Tract 102 on this map is shown with owner A.V. Tietjen. In August 1925, Emma O. Tietjen sold Tract 102 to her son Albert V. Tietjen.[23] So August 1925 is the earliest date this map could have been drawn. Also the map showed Track 104 with owner Joseph F. Nielson. Then in February 1926,he sold this lot to Maria C. Nielson, the wife of his brother Frihoff. [24] So February 1926 is the latest date this map could have been drawn.
  • About 1932, Glenn Chapman as a 12 year old student drew a mapof the Bluewater area for a school project. It clearly showed the church &school, the graveyard, and the above businesses. It also showed the railroad,the white bridge, Main Street and the new Highway 66. In addition, it gave the locations of some of the people who had previously lived in Bluewater as well as some of the current residents.
  • September 1957, a map was recorded named “Rains Addition to the Village of Bluewater.” [25] The map clearly showed the land around Elk and Maple Streets just south of Pinon Street. This new addition to Bluewater was located on land originally owned by T.J. McNeil.
  • November 1978, a map of “Longs addition to Bluewater village” was recorded in the Valencia county recorders office. [26] The map clearly showed the land around Willow Street just west of the present day Bluewater Elementary School. This new addition to Bluewater was located on land originally owned by E.A. Tietjen.
  • May 1979, a map was recorded in the Valencia county recorders office for the “Sunrise Estates of Bluewater village.” [27] The map clearly showed the land around Sunrise Loop Road, Sunny Shade Lane, Sunny Slope Road, and Sunny Dale Road. This new addition to Bluewater was located on Chapman’s hill where the land originally belonged to Welcome O.Chapman.

Lists

Three of the maps above show the names of land owners, so they are duplicated below. For addition lists of people, check out the census and the cemeteries. Also the Record of Members for the Bluewater Ward.

  • May 1919, a new map was recorded by Thomas J. McNiel at the Valencia county recorders office - "McNeill Addition to the Old Bluewater Townsite." [28] This map showed some of the owners who had already purchased land in this new addition.
  • November 1923, a Branch Conference for the Bluewater Branch was held in Bluewater. In connection with that, a picture of the branch was made. Most of the people in the picture were residents of Bluewater with some visitors. [29]
  • Late 1925 or early 1926, another map of the town of Bluewater was recorded “PLAT OF portions of Section 22, township 12 N., range 11 W., N.M.P.M. Showing Bluewater Townsite, McNeil Addition and other TRACTS.” [30] The owners names for each of the lots and tracts of land in Bluewater are clearly shown.
  • About 1932, Glenn Chapman as a 12 year old student drew a map of the Bluewater area for a school project. Included on the map are the locations of some of the people who had lived previously in Bluewater as well as some of the current residents.

History - Indexes

Bibliography on the History of Bluewater

  • Ernst Albert Tietjen, Missionary and Colonizer by Gary Tietjen. Family History Publishers, Bountiful UT, 1992. This history is about life of Ernst A. Tietjen including the early history of Bluewater. Ernst was the founder of Bluewater.
  • Journal of Frihoff Godfrey Nielson in three volumes. Edited by Ellis Nielson, published in Phoenix 1974. Frihoff recorded his activities most everyday, mainly about his farming, but sometimes about local affairs. He was a good friend of Ernst A. Tietjen and along with him was a participant in the early history of Bluewater.
  • History of Bluewater by Allen Godfrey Nielson, unpublished manuscript. This includes stories of the people of Bluewater and some of the history.
  • The Keystone Well Rig by Amos Tietjen Jr. unpublished manuscript. Includes a small history of Bluewater.
  • Story of Bluewater by Gene Sabin, unpublished manuscript. Includes history of Bluewater as referenced in historical documents.

References

  1. Serial Number NMNMAA 003173, Document number 3670. General Land Office Records. http://www.glorecords.blm.gov/
  2. Deed Records, Book A19, page 147. Valencia county NM Recorders Office.
  3. Deed Records, Book A34, page 380. Valencia county NM Recorders Office.
  4. Deed Records, Book B1, page 610. Valencia county NM Recorders Office.
  5. Deed Records, Book B3, page 149. Valencia county NM Recorders Office.
  6. Deed Records, Book B3, page 180. Valencia county NM Recorders Office.
  7. County Records, Maps B 362. Valencia county NM Recorders Office.
  8. County Records, Maps B - 116. Valencia county NM Recorders Office.
  9. County Records, Maps C - 11 - 163. Valencia county NM Recorders Office.
  10. County Records, Maps C - 14. Valencia county NM Recorders Office
  11. 1910 US Census for New Mexico, Valencia, Blue Water, 0292. National Archive and Records Administration, microfilm T624
  12. 1920 US Census for New Mexico, Valencia, Bluewater, 0191. National Archive and Records Administration, microfilm T625.
  13. 1930 US Census for New Mexico, Valencia, Precinct 16, 0020. National Archive and Records Administration, microfilm T626.
  14. 1940 US Census for New Mexico, Valencia, Election Precinct 16, Bluewater. National Archive and Records Administration, digital T627.
  15. Plat for NM230120N0110W0. General Land Office Records. http://www.glorecords.blm.gov/
  16. A geographically correct county map of the states traversed by the Atchison, Topeka and the Santa Fe Railroad and its Connects, 1880. Library of Congress,Railroad Maps, 1828 - 1900. http://www.loc.gov/item/98688578
  17. Colton’s Intermediate Railroad Map of the United States, 1882. Library of Congress, Railroad Maps, 1828 - 1900. http://www.loc.gov/item/gm71000840
  18. Deed Records, Book B1, page 609. Valencia county NM Recorders Office.
  19. Deed Records, Book B3, page 149. Valencia county NM Recorders Office.
  20. County Records, Maps B 362. Valencia county NM Recorders Office.
  21. County Records, Maps C - 5 - 28. Valencia county NM Recorders Office.
  22. County Records, Maps A 40. Valencia county NM Recorders Office.
  23. Deed Records, Book B4, page 471. Valencia county NM Recorders Office.
  24. Deed Records, Book B5, page 31. Valencia county NM Recorders Office.
  25. County Records, Maps B - 116. Valencia county NM Recorders Office.
  26. County Records, Maps C - 11 - 163. Valencia county NM Recorders Office.
  27. County Records, Maps C - 14. Valencia countyNM Recorders Office.
  28. County Records, Maps B 362. Valencia county NM Recorders Office.
  29. Bluewater Branch Conference, Western States Mission, 18 November 1923.
  30. County Records, Maps A 40. Valencia county NM Recorders Office.