Dust On The Lens's posts from May 2018

Fierro is a now-abandoned mining town near Hanover, at the NM-152 and 356 intersection. The mining history goes back to 1841, when Sofio Henkle, a German…

Thoreau is located at the interection of I-40 and NM-371. The historic U.S. Route 66 passes near and through the community. Practically all residents pronounce…

Elida, population 183, is a town on NM-70. The late philanthropist Addie Peed Swearingen grew up in Elida and lived on a ranch there from 1960-1979. Another…

Folsom is a village in Union County, in a valley by the Dry Cimarron River. Present population is 77. The town was named after Frances Folsom, the fiancee of…

Cuba, in the Rio Puerco Valley, is a trade center for ranching and the Navajo Reservation and Jicarilla Apache Reservation. It's also a stopping place for…

A luminaria (or farolito) is a small paper lantern - commonly a candle set in some sand inside a paper bag - used for decoration in the southwest United States…

Dulce, NM is located right on the Colorado-New Mexico border. It’s a quaint town, with a population just under 3,000. It’s the tribal headquarters of the…

Formed by an old Spanish land grant, Seboyeta (Spanish for little onion) was the first village settled by the Spanish west of the Rio Grande River in 1800.…

A motel is a hotel designed for motorists and usually has a parking area for motor vehicles. Entering dictionaries after World War II, the word motel, coined as…

A hoodoo (also called a tent rock, fairy chimney or earth pyramid) is a tall, thin spire of rock that protrudes from the bottom of an arid drainage basin or…

In the first half of the 19th century, the Folsom area was a hunting ground for Comanche, Ute, and Jicarilla Apache Indians. The first White settlement near…

La Jara is on NM-96, toward the end of the Jicarilla Reservation. This abandoned adobe is obviously not lived in. Fresh horse droppings near a makeshift…

Every once in a while, we drive through tiny towns and find unexected cool things. Pleasanton is less than 1/2 mile long - blink and you've gone through it. It…

White Lakes was on NM-285, 15 miles northwest of Clines Corners. Mostly an area of connected ranches, it also contains a basin that feeds into several lakes in…
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