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University of New Mexico

1 University Of New Mexico

Albuquerque, New Mexico 87131

United States

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The UNM Cancer Center is the Official Cancer Center of New Mexico and the only National Cancer Institute-designated Cancer Center in the state. One of just 68 premier NCI-Designated Cancer Centers nationwide, the UNM Cancer Center is recognized for its sc ... more

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Employment History

Horse Trainer


bachelor's degree

New Mexico Highlands University

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James Beville

James Beville at his Granbury wagon yard
Restored wagons are loaded with colorful past
From the Fort Worth Star-TelegramAugust 6, 1997
But for Beville, the precious space is a condensed setting for his years of ranching, riding, and combing the mountains of New Mexico for fragments of history.
"I didn't really rebuild them to sell," the 52-year-old Beville said of his wagons."I just like the history around them.I remember riding through all the ranches in New Mexico and seeing the wagons sitting there, not being used any more, and I just wanted to bring them back to life."
Beville moved to Granbury a little more than a year ago.He has established himself as an artist in the community, working on bronze sculptures and constantly reworking his wagons.
He was born in Clarksville, near the Red River borders of Texas, Oklahoma and Arkansas.There he began to gain his appreciation of things past.His father was sheriff of Red River County for 16 years; his grandfather was the first state district judge in the area.
Beville grew up ranching and farming.When he left home after high school graduation in 1962, he moved to the Dallas area where he worked as a horse trainer.He did the same in Houston, where he also started a construction and landscape business.He married and had children.In 1985, he was divorced.
"When I got my divorce, I decided I would put what little I had left in CDs and head for the mountains," he said."I moved to Albuquerque and took a big Thoroughbred stallion I owned with me.I just threw a western saddle on him and started out riding the hills."
In the mountains of central New Mexico, he began to hone his appreciation of history.He also worked on his art.
Beville said he was reluctant to show his work because he always felt that others were better, that the work was just what he liked and that no one else would like it.
But at the urging of friends in New Mexico, he decided to enter a few shows.In his first 11 shows he picked up 10 first places, five best of shows, and one third place.
James BevilleIt made him a living.He went to a small community college in Tucumcari, N.M., where he learned to forge his own bronzes.Then he returned to Albuquerque where he started classes at the University of New Mexico.A year and a half later, he moved to Las Vegas, N.M., where he finished his bachelor's degree in art and history at New Mexico Highlands University.
All along, he traveled into the mountains.He saw the wagons, preserved by the dry, high-desert air.He met with the ranchers and their families.He studied their past.
"I found an old gold-mining town on one ranch," he recalled."It was only a town for four or five years until the gold ran out.It had to be somewhere between 1900 and 1910.The people just picked up what they could carry and moved out.They left a big pot-bellied stove behind, clothes still hanging on nails in the homes.The town looked just like it did when they left."

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