The Silver Dollar is an adobe and wood-frame historical building situated in the picturesque Hondo River Valley.Tinnie’s birth was in the 1870’s when it was named Analla after an early settler. In 1909 the Raymond family purchased a general store and post office and the name was changed to Tinnie for their daughter.

Robert O Anderson

Robert O. Anderson of Roswell purchased the Tinnie Mercantile Company in 1959 and commissioned New Mexico artist and designer, John Meigs to restore the building. The Historic building was transformed into a charming steak house complete with stain glass windows from Germany a back bar from old Chicago, a bell tower, and rambling porches and veranda.

Bought and revitalized by Jana and Jerry Rush the Silver Dollar opened with some minor changes yet retaining its historical ambience. The Steakhouse & Saloon are not the only reason to stop. The same location has a wonderful deli, packaged bottles, unique gift shop and 2 beautiful suites for overnight guests. You can enjoy the view of the beautiful gardens and water fountain from the veranda or the original Peter Hurd paintings that hang in each room of the restaurant.  basement of the old Tinnie store was sometimes used for village meetings, an infirmary and even a temporary mortuary.

 

Lawrence Murphy

That may be where some of the ghost stories started or they could have started by actual events such as the story of William Wilson.In August 1878 William Wilson was paid $500.00 by Lawrence Murphy (head of the Murphy/Dolan gang) to kill his political opponent and prominent rancher Robert Casey. Murphy made a deal with Wilson that not only would he be paid, but Murphy would see to it that the law looked the other way so Wilson could escape. Wilson carried out his task and killed Robert Casey. Casey was a man who was much admired by the other residents of the valley and they hunted down his killer to bring to trial. Knowing that Murphy and his sheriff could not be trusted , the valley folk asked for a territorial Marshall to come here the case. Wilson was found guilty of Casey’s murder and sentenced to hang. As Wilson was on the scaffolding with the noose around his neck, he started to tell his story. Murphy, being a prominent man, was also allowed on the scaffolding and hearing what Wilson was saying, kicked him through the trap door. Wilson hung and Murphy’s men cut him down almost immediately. Wilson hung but did not die. Murphy’s men were sticking to the plan and were going to help Wilson escape.  They loaded his body on to a buck board and covered it. Before they could get away, a curious young women, never having seen a dead body, stopped to peek. She immediately started screaming. After it was determined that Wilson had not died, an argument ensued. Murphy was claiming that the sentence had been carried out and that Wilson should be allowed to leave because he had hung. Murphy was overruled by the Marshal and he hung Wilson again and left him hanging for three hours to make sure the sentence was carried out. We believe he haunts us because he was hung twice in Tinnie. The female ghost that appears in the mirror in the bar is believed to be imported with the mirror from Chicago. The mirror supposedly once hung in a Harvey House and not much is known of her past. There are stories of seeing the figure of a woman on the basement stairs by the original foundation and on the river. It is believed that this is the woman who drowned her three children in the river and then killed herself. It is said that she searches for her children.

Are these ghost stories true sightings or urban legend? You decide..