Negra, NM

by Bridget Harrington - Michael Moore August. 07, 2018 517 views

Negra was a settlement on NM-60 that hoped to be a town, once the AT&SF railroad completed the Belen Cut-off. The cut-off enabled trains to pass through the flat plains and avoid climbing into the northern mountains through Raton Pass. Sadly, the growth that was expected never happened.

The City of Dust blog researched the history several years ago and even dug up who lived in the house with the fantastic windowed porch. It's a fascinating story:
https://cityofdust.blogspot.com/…/paying-visit-to-williams-…

This was the old filling station. This wasn't the actual post office. The placard, which looks like it patched a hole, probably came from the one that was only used from 1909-18 and was demolished. Notice the tin ceiling - quite fancy for a filling station!

We run into many of these "towns," scattered across the plains part of the state...

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Joe Zink 2 years, 4 months ago

Like the shot in #6!
Are you seeing any rattlesnakes on these trips?

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Bridget Harrington - Michael Moore Replied to Joe Zink 2 years, 3 months ago

Thank you! We have seen rattlesnakes - dead ones, though. What we mostly see are copperheads and brown sand snakes. Needless to say, we always wear long pants and boots on our trips!

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