Dryland farming in central New Mexico gave way to cattle ranching in the mid-1900s, when the rain stopped and homesteaders left in droves.
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The author's father, Lonnie Welch, is the toddler in this photo, posing with his four siblings and Smart the dog. The Welch family's cattle ranch was in central New Mexico.
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