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A HISTORY OF RANCHO RUIDOSO VALLEY ESTATES
This history was put together by Mary Stanfield after weeks of research, phone call interviews and e-mails. The following is the result:
Jack Boyd Ryan 1924-1914 was born in El Paso, graduated from Austin High School, attended Texas A&M for a short time before he enlisted in the US Army at the outbreak of WWII. He served in France and Germany and was discharged as a 1st Lt. Upon his return, he continued his education at the University of Texas graduating with a business degree. After graduation, he returned to El Paso joining the El Paso National Bank’s Foreign Department putting to use the Spanish he learned as a child in Mexico, where his father was consignee for Standard Oil California. Later he joined his father and uncle in in the Auto Parts business. Car Parts Depot had more than 10 stores in Texas and New Mexico. This required and allowed Jack to pursue one of his favorite avocations – driving. Gulf and Western acquired Car Parts Depot and Jack concentrated on business interests in Ruidoso, New Mexico, one of which was the purchase of 3700 acres then known as Paso Monte Ranch from Sonny Wright in the late 1960’s. The Ranch was renamed Rancho Ruidoso.
The first Ranch House burned down and Jack built a new one for the family when they came to visit. Jack not a rancher, he teamed up with Bob Blum and began their vision of developing the land. They had in mind to have small ranches, Condos, a housing development and a golf course. They began with what is now known as Ranches of Ruidoso, five acre parcels nestled on the flatlands between Paso Monte Rd. and Little Creek Hills where the Ranch house was located. The second phase of the development is now Little Creek Hills, which are two to four acres. During this time, Rancho Ruidoso Water Company became a reality. Next came the Condos, developing them in unit phases. Stanton Corporation came in and purchased the property we now know as Rancho Ruidoso Valley Estates. Jack still owning “the Mesa” as the family refers to it, then sold the property to the Spencer’s where the Theater is now located. The Stanton Corporation had 15 separate investors, and they all seem to have their different opinions and contractors in mind for the Waste Water Treatment plant.
Finally James H. Cardwell, ( Petrol Travel Centers) having the major interest in the Stanton Corporation pulled out. He owned El Paso Amusement Company as well and added the subsidiary of R&M Real Estate. He then offered the Stanton Corporation a deal they could not refuse and purchased the Valley Estates, to avoid his name entered into a bankruptcy. That transaction also included the Waste water treatment plant.
The WWTP came about because Jack Ryan did not want cesspools in the backyard of every home placed in the Valley. It was made a condition of purchase. In the beginning, James Cardwell did not want to charge the Valley Estates property owners for the sewer maintenance as specified in the CC& R’s, but then when the operation and maintenance fell into the Associations lap, there was no other choice than to begin charging maintenance fees.
In 1999 Jack Ryan and Bob Blum were not necessarily advertising to sell “the Mesa” property but Dan Stanger, CEO of Bridge Investment Group of Murray, Utah was touring the Spencer Theater, and walking out into the parking lot, he asked Mike O’Brian, his cousin, who is a Real Estate Broker about the property surrounding the theater. The rest is History. As they began excavating to build the golf course, small ancient artifacts were found, so Bridge Corporation ordered an Archeological study. It appears that the Jornada Mogollon Indians had inhabited the area. They date back to 900 AD.
There is also a small cemetery in the Ranches of Ruidoso area of Saddleback and Country Hills Rd. Nineteen souls are buried there, mostly relatives but there is one baby, not related to any of the families.
The Ryan Family also sold a portion of what is known as the Wilderness Area, to Bridge. They still have an interest in 750 acres. They, in fact, signed off on the easement to Otero CO-OP a couple of years ago. They believed that by securing the residents of everything Jack Ryan had a part in was the right thing for them to do.
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