Saturday, July 15, 2017

Cimarron | New Mexico


I set out for a day trip to a nearby town, but before I left Eagle Nest, I saw some of these critters in a field and stopped to take photos.  Cute little guys, I think they may be alpaca.

 
This was my view as I was leaving town.
 
 
The weather was perfect for a drive, and the scenery was gorgeous.  This little river followed me, sometimes on one side of the road or the other, sometimes it seemed like both. 
 
My truck gives an idea of how massive this rock mountain is. 

 
My destination was Cimarron, an old town that was booming in the late 1800s. 
 

This old, well-kept building is for sale, and as you can tell from the sign below, they sold just about everything back in the day........
 

The old soda fountain is still in operation, although they didn't serve food, except for ice cream and other treats - the good stuff!


The art gallery has some nice items and the owner was showing me some photos of the building when they bought it.  It has been an amazing transformation, it's a beautiful building.


The mechanic shop is not used any longer, but I love the gas prices!


Lots of interesting buildings that are not being used.

 
I have no idea how good these burritos are, but it was a cute set-up.
 

My neighbor at the campground told me I had to stop at this hotel.  It was built in the 1870s and still has most of the old feeling.


The entryway shows this scene, complete with bison head.  The second photo shows the rest of the room.



Down the hall, there are many rooms that were labeled.  Since Jesse is pretty well-known, I decided to show this one.

 
The door just happened to be slightly open, so I kind of pushed on it and this was the scene.
 

More famous names are shown below and were regulars at this establishment.


Stairway to the second floor.  I never saw an elevator, but this was probably the "tourist" section of the building.


The saloon is now a restaurant and, like many establishments in the southwest, there are bullet holes in the ceiling as you can see from the second photo.


 
I wandered over to The Old Mill, which was closed.  I did take a few photos. 
 


On the way home I stopped at this gate with it's "No Trespassing" sign.  I had seen a few of them on the way.  I understand they don't want us to trespass, but what I don't understand is why they gave us a convenient little stairway that goes over the fence to give us an easy entry.  It's on the right of the photo, and looks to be sturdy enough.

 

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