Albert Fountain and the Spiderweb Trail

Karl Laumbach

Sparks, SAR Boardroom

Tuesday, December 14, 2010, 3:00–4:00 pm, Free

Spiderweb TrailSpiderweb TrailBy Eugene Cunningham. Published by Triangle Books, 1943.Spiderweb TrailBy Eugene Cunningham. Published by Triangle Books, 1943.

On February 1, 1896, Albert Jennings Fountain, prominent attorney and politician, and his 8-year-old son were run off the road between White Sands and Las Cruces, presumably murdered. The bodies have never been found and the case remains New Mexico’s premier murder mystery. Against the political background of the times, which included the dominance of the Santa Fe Ring, the struggle between syndicated ranches and small cowmen, and Anglo/Hispanic rivalry, Karl Laumbach sets the stage and shares insights gained after 26 years of tracking a very cold case. Laumbach has pursued an archaeological career in New Mexico since 1974, with a research interest in the Pueblo archaeology of southern New Mexico and the history and archaeology of the Apache.

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