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Grant County is in the sunny southwest corner of New Mexico.

A large map of the county, showing points of interest, roads and features of the county, is available here.

Upcoming Events in Grant County

Chamber ribbon-cutting ceremony for Silver City Fine Jewelers
April 18, 10:00 am
Silver City Fine Jewelers has opened in downtown Silver City just in time for Easter and Mother’s Day. A ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held to celebrate the opening of this new business at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, April 18. Silver City Fine Jewelers is located at 401 North Bullard. You are invited to stop by and meet the owner and staff of this new jewelry store in Grant County. You can contact Silver City Fine Jewelers at (575) 388-1177. Location: 401 North Bullard Phone: (575) 388-1177
Kiwanis Easter Egg Hunt in Silver City
April 19
The Kiwanis Club of Silver City is having a free Easter Egg Hunt for the fun and enjoyment of area children on Saturday, April 19, at Penny Park in Silver City. There will be separate hunts for age groups as follows: 9:30 a.m. (ages 4 and under), 10:00 a.m.(ages 5 and 6), 10:30 a.m. (ages 7 and 8), 11:00 a.m. (ages 9, 10 and 11), 11:30 a.m. (ages 12 and over). Please remember to bring your own basket. There will be 1,000 plastic eggs filled with candy and prizes for the hunt and also free face painting and other fun activities. Easter photos of children or the family (bring grandmother too!) with the Easter Bunny will be available from 9:30 a.m. until noon for $5.00 a photo. Location: Penny Park in Silver City
Field trip: Grant County Rolling Stones Gem and Mineral Society
April 19, 8:00 am
Our monthly Field Trip will be identified in the April 10 meeting. For more information please call 575-388-2010.

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Earth Day 2014
April 19, 10:00 am
Celebrate Earth Day on Saturday April 19th between 10 and 2. There will be vendors selling food and plants to get your Spring gardening started. There are also booths from various local organizations with helpful information on what you can do to make Silver City an even better place to live. Several musical groups will also perform in the gazebo. Also that day there will be the annual electronic waste collection and recycling drive. It will also be from 10-2 in the parking lot just South of Gough Park. Enter on 11th street by the bank drive-thru. Electronic waste is basically anything that plugs in or is battery operated. Unbroken but burned-out compact fluorescent lightbulbs (CFL’s) will also be collected for safe disposal. The Earth Day celebration is sponsored by the Town of Silver City Office of Sustainability, Gila Resources Information Project, the Silver City Food Coop, Gila Conservation Education Center, Guadalupe Montessori School, the WNMU Eco-sustainability Club and Lone Mountain Natives. Location: Gough Park, in Historic Downtown Phone: 519-8987
Telescope Equipment Swap Meet, Set Up, and What You Need to Know
April 22, 5:30 pm
The Silver City Astronomical Society will host its April program on Tuesday, April 22 at 5:30 pm at Bear Mountain Lodge out Cottage San. "Astronomy Equipment Swap Meet, Set-Up, and What You Need to Know to Do It (If We Know It)" are the topics. Bring your astronomy equipment of any type, including telescopes, solar observation equipment, electronic equipment and apps, and other tools used for observation and study. Anyone with an interest in astronomy, of all ages and experience levels, is welcome to come to observe, bring your own equipment, get help with setting it up, to or sell swap astronomy equipment, or just come to ask questions. Members of the Silver City Astronomical Society will be present. Location: Bear Mountain Lodge

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Madame Millie
By Lois Duffy

Mildred Clark Cusey (later deemed, “Madame Millie”) was born near Kansas City, Kansas. She was sadly orphaned at an early age due to the death of her parents and temporarily separated from her ailing older sister. Millie’s life was then filled with hard times on the streets and in many foster homes. Once, when Millie got into trouble, she appeared in court before Judge Harry Truman, one of many politicians she was to meet again later in life.

Her sister’s poor health, diagnosed as tuberculosis, prompted their move to the southwest where Millie worked as a “Harvey Girl” to support the two of them. Bearing the brunt of medical bills, she quickly learned that she could make money faster by turning tricks. This would ultimately lead to a wild life and career in prostitution as she traveled throughout the West with many unbelievable adventures. During her “professional” life, along with her bordellos, Millie would also own restaurants, beauty parlors, parking lots and bars across the country.

Eventually, she settled in Silver City on Hudson Street (very close to where the Chamber of Commerce now stands). Here she ran her bordellos and became a much loved character with a heart of gold. She contributed heavily to local charities and had many friends in high places. Her business was closed down in 1968, but Millie remained in the area (retiring in Santa Clara) until her death in 1993 at the age of 87. Millie was buried by her husband’s side at the Fort Bayard National Cemetery in Grant County. To this day, many of the local residents still tell her stories.

The tale of her colorful life has been portrayed in Max Evan’s book “Madame Millie,” published by University of New Mexico Press. As time goes on Millie has become a legend and a celebrated part of Silver City and Grant County’s history.

Photo and some information courtesy "Madame Mille" by Max Evans and University of New Mexico Press.