Saturday, October 27, 2012

The Lay of the Land- Part 1

Let's gradually zoom in on the scene of the events in question, using Google Earth mapping services.

Jack Gordon disappeared on October 2, 2008 in Costilla County in south central Colorado about 80 miles north of Taos NM, 30 miles east of Alamosa CO and 50 miles west of Walsenburg CO.

Located in south central Colorado, the San Luis Valley is a high mountain plain bounded by the Sangre de Cristo Mountains on the east and the San Juan Mountains on the west. The valley comes to its northern apex at Poncha Pass just south of Salida. At its southern end the valley merges into northern New Mexico.

 Alamosa is the largest town in the Valley.  Highway 160 traverses the San Luis Valley from La Veta pass in the east to Wolf Creek Pass in the west. Costilla County is the southeasternmost of the five counties in the San Luis Valley.

The northeastern part of Costilla county contains the subdivided Forbes Ranch, including the Sangre de Cristo Ranches.

The Ranches are traversed by a dense network of dirt roads and are comprised of several thousand five-acre ranchette lots. One of these lots is the site of Jack Gordon’s home building site on Luke Road.  This is the general setting of the Mysterious Disappearance...

RE-POSTED 10/29/2012


  1. Uh, where are the sand dunes?

  2. dean0- Great Sand Dunes National Monument is about 30 miles northwest of Jack's place, just off the north edge of the 3rd and 4th maps. I'll see if I can revise the map layout to include, as a point of reference.

  3. Actually Dean-0- in the second map from the top, the Sand Dunes are the large gray blob along the western edge of the mountain range, more north than northwest.