- Associated Press - Sunday, May 21, 2017

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - New Mexico is honoring a dryland farming pioneer.

The Albuquerque Journal reports (http://bit.ly/2qIFlpk ) that the New Mexico Historic Preservation Division and the Department of Transportation will dedicate a state historic marker to Mollie Klapp.

The dedication will be held Wednesday at the intersection of N.M. 41 and Madrid Avenue near Moriarty.

Klapp was a widow with seven children who moved to New Mexico in the 1900s.

She was a dryland farmer who took advantage of the climate and sandy soils to grow pinto beans in Estancia Valley.

Klapp as a homesteader at the time contributed to the 2.5 million pounds of pinto beans that were annually harvested and shipped from central New Mexico.

A state historian called her a brave woman whose life illustrated the hardships of a homesteader.

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Information from: Albuquerque Journal, http://www.abqjournal.com

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