Originally known as Hot Springs, the town changed its name in 1950 when Ralph Edwards, the game show host, offered national publicity to a town if it would change its name to Truth or Consequences for one day.
Hot Springs did just that, permanently, the name change was voted on 3 times during the years and each time the vote was carried.
We visited the Geronimo Springs Museum
In 1863 while visiting the hot springs, the Commander of nearby Fort McRae, Captain Pfeiffer, his wife and two servant girls were attacked by Apache.
During the attack the escort of volunteer soldiers were driven away and Mrs Pfeiffer and one of the servant girls abducted, although wounded Captain Pfeiffer made his way back to Fort McRae and raised the alarm. An Army patrol pursued the Apache who took part in the attack, sadly they were never caught and the two women were killed.
Luckily for us there were no marauding Apache around the day we visited the Museum.
Some of the exhibits
The Mogollon and Mimbres bowls below are just a few of the amazing collection housed in the museum.
The saddle and horse blanket belonged to a Mescalero Apache leader name Daklugie, who was a nephew of Geronimo.
It’s a small museum, but very interesting and well worth a visit.
Have fun, we are!