– A sheep rancher who had the oldest home in Cimarron County, “up north in Carrumpa Valley.” Lujan was born in Mexico in 1858 and ran away from home while still a little boy to work as an ox team driver on the Santa Fe Trail and Cimarron Cutoff. Juan married Virginia Valdez, a member of the wealthy Baca family, which managed sheep all over New Mexico. The couple built a chapel on their ranch in No Man’s Land, which became a meeting place for Catholics and Mexicans in Cimarron County. They had nine children, though five of them died after they were born or when they were in their infancy.
Juan Cruz Lujan Character Timeline in The Worst Hard Time
The timeline below shows where the character Juan Cruz Lujan appears in The Worst Hard Time. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 8: In a Dry Land