The little mountain village of Ruidoso, N.M., attracts folks from all over the United
States and Mexico and has become a tourist mecca. But most folks don’t know
the name of the man who started this town. He built the fi rst building in Ruidoso, was
Ruidoso’s fi rst resident and his name was Paul Dowlin.
The locals called him Captain Paul. In fact, the town was called Dowlin’s Mill
until 1885 when it was renamed Ruidoso for the Rio Ruidoso, the “noisy river” that
ran through town. That stream was the draw that started it all.
Read more of Jack Shuster’s fascinating historical account of a little town, a noisy river, and the man behind it all