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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

Complimentary health screenings
April 23, 3:00 pm
The Health Mart Healthy Living Tour is a national awareness campaign focused on helping people better understand the role of independent pharmacists as community healthcare providers. At each tour visit, we provide complimentary blood pressure, blood glucose, body mass index, waist circumference, body composition and total cholesterol screenings as well as HbA1C tests to pharmacy patrons and community members. Location: 1308 Silver Heights Blvd Silver City, NM Phone: (575) 388-1579

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Book Signing: "African American History in New Mexico"
April 24, 2:00 pm
With author Bruce Glasrud. 2 pm at the Silver City Museum.
Silver City Museum Volunteer Social
April 25, 2:00 pm
Volunteer Social, 2 pm at the Silver City Museum Annex, 302 W. Broadway. Come and meet volunteers and learn about how you can be involved!
Shakespeare Ghost Town reenactments and living history
April 26 to April 27
Shakespeare Ghost Town presents reenactments and living history performed for both the 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. tours on Saturday April 26 and Sunday April 27. Military Committee Friends of Fort Selden will be dressed in authentic army uniforms of the 1870's and will perform Cannon Firing Demonstrations. There will be "Gunfights of the Old West" by the Paso Del Norte Pistoleros. Hopper Shannon, historical blacksmith, will be at work in the Shakespeare Blacksmith Shop. His wares will be for sale. See the Jim Emanuel Western Collection. This is a valuable collection the of guns that won the west, antique and commemorative models, along with saddles and western gear. You can tour seven buildings: Butterfield Stage Station, Grant House Saloon, Stratford Hotel, Old Mail Station, Powder Magazine, Assay Office, Blacksmith Shop and other points of interest. Be sure to take a camera. Admission will be $5.00 for adults and $4.00 for children ages 6 through 12. Shakespeare Ghost Town is 2-1/2 miles south of Lordsburg off Main Street. For more information call or check out the Shakespeare Ghost Town website at http://shakespeareghostown.com/. Phone: 575-542-9034

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"Playful Gardens" mural project
April 26, 9:00 am
The Town of Silver City and the Mimbres Region Arts Council invite families and children to participate in the "2014 Comcast Cares Day Mural Project" at the Silver City Recreation Center, 1016 N. Silver St., Silver City, NM 88061. The project theme is named "Playful Gardens" and will depict silhouettes of children and activities that take place on the playground of the Recreation Center. Silhouettes will be made in advance in the schools and the public will make the clay flowers on the day of the event on Saturday, April 26, 2014 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. For more information, please call Mimbres Region Arts Council at 538-2505 or visit their website at http://mimbresarts.org. Location: Silver City Recreation Center, 1016 N. Silver St., from 9 am to 4 pm Phone: 575-538-2505

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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.