Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Forts, Loose Screws & A Ghost Town






FORT CRAIG
On the way to the little ghost town of Chloride, we stopped at Fort Craig National Historic Site, following NM1 south, from Bosque Birdwatchers RV Park, until the turnoff (about 35 miles south of Socorro). There we traveled over 4.5 miles of washboard gravel road - hence, the "loose screws" in the title. I didn't lose any rivets in the trailer but all the screws holding my converter came out and the converter tried to walk across the floor!

That is one big Fort. I managed to cover one-third of the grounds and being as warm as it was that was enough for me. If you click on the link in the name above, you will learn more about it's origin and history to early New Mexico. It wasn't hard to imagine what it would be like in the summer months. The Fort is located close to the Rio Grande River and you can see where the River is by the changing colors of the cottonwood trees.

Now it was time to go back over that washboard road and get to I-25 to the turnoff to Chloride on NM52 to Winston and then take the Chloride road for 4-5 miles.


CHLORIDE

Chloride is located on the east slope of the Black Range Mountains, in the western part of Sierra County. There is so much information about Chloride, I won't repeat a lot of it here. But, Geri, Chuck and I had a wonderful time. It is so quiet, it has such an interesting history, it has a couple and their daughter dedicated to bringing life back to this little town. Don and Donna Edmund and their daughter Linda, have spent so much of their time building back what sat for 70 years.

The Pioneer Store Museum is full of so many items of the times. The shelves and walls hold so many items from that era - food containers, clothing, tools, books, jewelry, etc.

This old typewriter still works.

A fascinating device is the McCaskey Credit System. The upper portion is where the businesses credit customers names were recorded and then assigned an account number on a piece of paper stored on this page, where Donna is showing us. This made it faster to find the particular customer when they came in to charge additional items or to make a payment. The customers activities were stored and recorded on this sleeve.




This is an old saloon, now serving as an outlet for local/area artists and craftsmen. Beautiful items inside.

The old bank is being rejuvenated into a cafe for the area and will be a good addition to the community's visitors and locals.

This gate sign was noticed and provided a good laugh for us.

I'll finish up later with another entry to include more on Chloride and my visit to Geri and Chuck's home town of Truth or Consequences. Wow, are they fabulous hosts!

1 comment:

  1. IT WAS SOOOO MUCH FUN HAVE YOU COME TO VISIT! LOVED THE BOSQUE, LOOKING FORWARD TO THE SAND HILL CRANE FESTIVAL THERE IN A FEW WEEKS! THANKS SO MUCH FOR INTRODUCING US TO BOSQUE DEL APACHE! GLAD WE GOT TO INTRODUCE YOU TO CHLORIDE AND GROOVY GRITZ! COME BACK SOON!

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