To our family from yours
From Raton NM this year
Happy 4th of July
An unplanned location this year but has a lot of history
and even learned we were saying name of the town wrong
Raton is short for “ratoncito” which is Spanish for little mouse
So, when the railroad petitioned the State of New Mexico for a charter to layout a community where the Willow Springs Ranch had been located, the name they proposed for the community was Raton. Raton is short for “ratoncito” which is Spanish for little mouse (not to be confused with “rata” which is the Spanish word for rat.) Supposedly back in the day there were a lot of chipmunks in the area and the locals referred to them as “ratoncitos”. And so Raton was born.
Once there was even a movement to try to change the name of Raton to Willow Springs, but it failed miserably. Allegedly another reason Willow Springs was not chosen as the name for Raton was that there was already another town called Willow Springs in Colorado; however, there is no such town in Colorado today.
How do you say Raton?