White Sands, New Mexico: Father and Son Vanished Here

Albert J. Fountain and his son Henry vanished near this spot in 1896, according to a historical marker. It's assumed they were killed by cattle rustlers.
Address:
US Hwy 70, White Sands, NM
Directions:
About 28 miles east of Las Cruces, at milepost 178, on the eastbound side of US Hwy 70.
Admission:
Free
Save to My Sights

Visitor Tips and News About Father and Son Vanished Here

Reports and tips from RoadsideAmerica.com visitors and Roadside America mobile tipsters. Some tips may not be verified. Submit your own tip.

Father and Son Vanished Here

Nice big pullover at this historic marker - suitable for RV or other big vehicles.

[Peggy Harmann, 04/25/2019]

Disappearance marker.

Albert and Henry Fountain Disappearance Marker

Mr. Fountain and his son Henry were heading home to Mesilla from Lincoln and both disappeared in the White Sands desert area.

[Rose, 10/06/2015]

This relatively new marker replaces an earlier version, which claimed that it was their murder site. The date was Feb. 1, 1896. They were presumably killed by cattle rustlers.

Nearby Offbeat Places

White Sands Rocket Garden and MuseumWhite Sands Rocket Garden and Museum, White Sands, NM - 11 mi.
Nike Missile Rest StopNike Missile Rest Stop, White Sands, NM - 13 mi.
Space Murals MuseumSpace Murals Museum, Organ, NM - 15 mi.
In the region:
Stabbed Lovers Haunted Restaurant, Mesilla, NM - 30 mi.

Latest Tips Across Roadside America

Catch up on the latest discoveries from the road.

Explore Thousands of Oddball Tourist Attractions!

Unique destinations in the U.S. and Canada are our special obsession. Use our attraction recommendation and maps to plan your next road trip.

December 14, 2019

My Sights

My Sights

Create and Save Your Own Crazy Road Trip!

Try My Sights

Roadside America app
Roadside Presidents app

New Mexico Latest Tips and Stories

Latest Visitor Tips

Sight of the Week

Sight of the Week

Castle Noel, Medina, Ohio (Dec 9-15, 2019)

SotW Archive

USA and Canada Tips and Stories

More Sightings

Sightings. Arrives without warning. Leaves no burn marks. A free newsletter from RoadsideAmerica.com. Subscribe now!
RoadsideAmerica.com Hotel & Motel Finder

Special rates for hotels.

Nearby Hotels: White Sands, New Mexico

Nightly rates found:

Book Now

 

Favorite Quirky City Sights