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Black Range Museum, Hillsboro

Sadie Orchard's Ocean Grove Hotel, known today as the Black Range Museum in Hillsboro New Mexico

Black Range Museum, Hillsboro NM Highway 152, Hillsboro
575-895-5233 or 575-895-5685
hours: long weekends and by appointment
admission: donation

In 2016 the Black Range Museum was purchased by the Hillsboro Historical Society. It is currently scheduled for repair and restoration.

The history of the building is not crystal clear. It was built before 1893 and is best known as the Ocean Grove Hotel of the infamous Sadie Orchard with Tom Ying’s restaurant. The museum houses many items that belonged to Orchard and Ying as well as many others that document the history of the Hillsboro area.

Sadie Orchard, the original owner of the Ocean Grove, was a strong woman with a simple name. A stagecoach driver, philanthropist, and (most famously) a madame, she has been the subject of books, TV dramas, and (especially) her own tall tales.  “The Chinaman” Tom Ying was hired by Sadie to run the restaurant after 1896. His Victorian house is adjacent to the Museum.