National Park Service
In 1907, twenty-two year old Homer Farr ventured across the Great Plains from his home in Kansas to help his brother-in-law manage a store in the small town of Des Moines, New Mexico. Farr was fascinated by the landscape. He particularly admired Capulin Volcano and eventually purchased 160 acres south of the volcano and established the town of Capulin. Heavily vested in promoting the area, Homer Farr ultimately became what one historian would describe as a "one man Chamber of Commerce" for the small village. He opened a lumber business, ran a newspaper, served as post master, speculated in real estate, and did everything he could to lure settlers and tourists to Capulin. As a result of his dedication to the area, Mrs. Jesse Jack, custodian of Capulin Mountain National Monument, approached Homer about managing the site once she resigned.
Did You Know?
Desert plants such as cacti may be found in the monument as the average yearly rainfall is only 15 inches.