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Anyone into winter sports? I don’t know how to ski. Maybe I need to learn?
Mary is a contributor to HGTV Dream Home.
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Come and enjoy year ‘round entertainment and relaxation. The Ruidoso Downs Race Track is home to the richest quarter horse race in the world; the All American Futurity. Ski Apache is the perfect ski resort for both beginning and advanced skiers and snowboarders. The Spencer Theater for the Performing Arts is a world class performance hall. There is live music at many Ruidoso venues including the renowned country western bar Win Place and Show, outdoor cafes and many Ruidoso restaurants . For the active vacation, Ruidoso offers some of the best outdoor recreation around including top rated golf courses , horseback riding , Golden Aspen Motorcycle Rally, Aspencash Motorcycle Rally, high altitude bicycling, camping , hiking, skiing , golf, tennis, art galleries , museums and shopping aplenty. With all Ruidoso has to offer, the top rated activity in Ruidoso remains relaxing and enjoying the magnificent mountain views and the cool pines of New Mexico
Ruidoso lodging is unique to other destinations. Known for quaint cabins along the Rio Ruidoso River , lodging includes cabins , resorts , hotels , motels, boutique hotels , bed and breakfasts, RV parks, campgrounds, condos and nightly rentals of private homes . Many lodging establishments are pet friendly . Ruidoso dining and restaurants offer a full range of options to fit any budget or taste.
If you decide to stay or make Southeastern New Mexico your second home,
Ruidoso real estate has proven to be a popular investment.
Ruidoso Winter Park – Tubing
Twists, turns, bumps, jumps and bobsled curves! Ruidoso Winter Park is a first class tubing area with the most exciting tubing you will find anywhere. Magic Carpet Lifts whisk you to the top on a moving conveyor. There's no need to walk uphill, which means more tubing and more FUN! Our tubing area has more lift capacity and the largest tubing snow making system in the Rockies. Twilight tubing on selected nights through the Christmas holiday. Call for times and dates.
1/4 mile west of Hwy 48 on Ski Run Rd.
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Spencer Theater for the Performing Arts
A landmark 514-seat world-class theater which, on the average, hosts a major touring Broadway show, dance or musical performance every 11 days year-round during separate summer and winter seasons. Four major Dale Chihuly glass installations. Check the Spencer site for coming events and online ticket purchasing. Public tours Tues & Thurs at 10
Off Mechem/Rt. 48 on Airport Highway 220, Alto, New Mexico 88312
THE RUIDOSO EQUINE TRAIL RIDING EXPERIENCE
Unique integrated equine experience on beautiful, rare Gaited horses. Smoothest ride in 'Billy the Kid' horse country. Groom, saddle, bridle, massage and becoming friends with your mount. Become comfortable and confident riding briefly in our arena. Only when completely at ease do we all head out for the ride of a lifetime on responsive horses. Safety and enjoyment are ensured in spectacular surroundings. Choice of riding locations.
305 Bonito Lake Rd, Alto. Off HWY 37 One mile before Bonito Lake
Mountain Annie’s Dinner Theater
Mountain Annie's is Ruidoso's Premiere Dinner Theater. Fabulous entertainment, Dancing, Great Food and Ruidoso's beautiful midtown wedding venue, too. Visit our website at http://www.mountainannies.com or call 575-257-7982.
2710 Sudderth Drive, Ruidoso, New Mexico
Jewelry Factory Field Trip to Hondo
Hondo is the home of one of New Mexico’s most successful jewelry studios: featuring the work of artist Alice Warder Seely. Seely’s pewter jewelry is purchased by over 500 galleries, national parks, and museum gift stores throughout the USA. Visitors are given a guided tour to see how molds are made, how jewelry is cast, hand finished, and packaged. Free gifts for children under 12. Buy direct from the shipping room at factory prices. Combine your visit with a visit to the Iris Farm. Open 8-4, Tuesday-Friday.
Mile Marker 286, Hwy 70 (between Ruidoso and Roswell).
Hondo Iris Farm and Gallery
One of New Mexico’s most beautiful Gardens and Galleries. In May the iris are in full bloom!!! There is a 'hummingbird' porch, a pond with a beautiful fountain, places for a picnic lunch, a wooded area, an interesting gallery in a 100 year old adobe building, and Iris for sale to Iris lovers. The gallery features paintings, sculpture, and jewelry by Hondo artist Alice Warder Seely, along with gifts, clothing and ceramics from around the world. Open every day except Monday, 10-5. Free Admission, children welcome.
24 miles east of Ruidoso, at mile marker 284 on Hwy. 70
Dowlin's Historic Old Mill 575-257-2811 Billy The Kid Hideout – The oldest building in Ruidoso still has a working flour mill run by a water wheel. 641 Sudderth Drive, Ruidoso, New Mexico
Fort Stanton Cave Tours Contact Stephen @ 575-808-1204 for more Informatio Experience one of the most unique treasures the world has to offer, right here in Lincoln County. No elevators, no lights, no pavement, just the cave as nature intended. So go off the beaten path and get a little dirty. Leave the crowds and the summer heat behind. Join EcoServants in the wild Fort Stanton Cave!
White Sands National Monument The White Sands National Monument, about a one-hour drive west of Ruidoso, is one of the most unusual places on earth. It's a vast landscape of brilliant white, gypsum sand with huge dunes covering nearly 300 square miles. Hours of operation for the White Sands visitor center are: open daily from Memorial day through Labor Day 8AM to 7PM with extended hours for full moons and the balance of the year 8AM to 5PM (575)-479-6124.
This is Tues. am and I just poked in to say that my prayers are still there for Arkansas,
Tenneesseee (do I have enough letters). In our paper here it looks like Pensecola is
the only land that the oil has tuched so far. Hereitage_Seeker are you OK? Now
Oklahoma has flooding there? Are all our friends in Ok. OK? Ok now so Coop how are
you doing? Another shaker of 5.7 an aftershock from April. Someone better protect the
area around the DH location. If you just would tell us where to meet you several of us
are willing to come and protect the home area any time anywhere, even the night shift.
Sleigh and Carriage Rides Carriage rides through historic midtown Ruidoso and sleigh rides in the winter.
Mountain biking in New Mexico, Ruidoso, Cloudcroft and the Sacramento Mountains The mountain biking trails around Ruidoso cover a wide range of difficulty for cyclists of all experience levels, including a nationally recognized Top-10 trail near Cloudcroft named the Rim Trail. The Rim Trail is a must. It is 17 miles of beautiful vistas including White Sands National monument in the valley below. Other biking options in the area included La Luz Canyon, Pumphouse Canyon and the Silver Springs Loop for more information on trail status and directions the Cloudcroft rangers station can be reached at 575-682-2551. A great 20 mile trail for beginners is located just north of Ruidoso on Bonito Lake Road. Ironman riders may want to tackle the paved roads up Ruidoso's Ski Run road in the summer only or the road up to Carlsbad Caverns south of Carlsbad, NM. These two challenges require experienced riders ready to deal with steep terrain and vehicle traffic.
Skiing From Thanksgiving to Easter, Ski Apache offers skiing on groomed powder slopes with the largest lift capacity in New Mexico.
I am home with the worst sinus headache I have ever had. Needed my smile for the day and what did I see when I tuned in negativity in the worst form. We don't need it here. Cami and Our Army Family and so many others were there for me when I got up enough nerve to start blogging. Yesterday when I was replying to C&E about a beautiful horse it went to admin but the negativity of another person continues . I don't understand. I didn't get my smile for the day but June 15 is National Lobster Day.
I hope you feel better alicesoneysmom! Sending positive thoughts your way!
Living the Dream!
P.S. Maybe a new blog from MARY would make your sinus headache clear up?!?!?!?!?!
Thanks so much for your positive thoughts. Dr Mary did you hear that send info soon it will make me feel better.
I'm sorry you are hurting, I have those sinus headaches a lot too, and I know how miserable you must feel. Sorry the blog is so unhappy and out of control, I didn't know what to do about then and I don't know how to change it now. I tried to reason and realized it was useless.
I would start singing a Few Of My Favorite Things for you, but wouldn't want your pain to get worse. LOL
Just think about the words. Instead of whiskers on kittens you could think of whiskers on Soney. Whenever I am sick or in pain my animals always make me feel better.
Oh I do have some advice, if you don't mind. Drink lots of water, it helps things drain which reduces the pain and pressure. Other then that ibuprofen reduces swelling and allergy meds might help. I hope you get to feeling better. Water does make a difference.
I enjoy your reports on the National days. I suppose if you were feeling better you might go to Pikes Market and get a lobster, unless they aren't your favorite. Take care.
Thank you Cami you always have kind words!
Alice you did say National Lobster Day, not National take a Lobster to Lunch Day Right? Because that would be a bad deal for the lobster!
I always disliked the restaurants where you pick your lobster out of a fish tank, because it makes me think of it as a pet! Although lobsters are not cute and cuddly at all.
Hope you're feeling better.
Actually I have never really eaten lobster. When I see them in the fish tank I look the other way. Thanks for cheering me up.
It can be an acquired taste, and very messy, you need an experienced person to walk you through the process first time. It taste a little like crab, bit not as sweet.
Look everyone I just turned 50!
That's funny because we bought & cooked lobster yesterday. So yummy but darn it's so much work to get so little meat out of it. I need about 5 all by myself to fill me up.
You would think I would have tried lobster living in Seattle and so close to Pike Place Market. I guess I will have to try it sometime. I hadn't even thought about it until I was reading about lobster in the National Food Day information. Thanks for the info and have a great day.
Sorry that you aren't feeling well. Sending you smiles and wishing you a Happy National Lobster Day!
(gee- and I was trying to not take sides and post a general "be nice" as we tend to need every once in a while…now I'm listed on other posts as a hater…oh well!)
You and Cami and many others made me feel comfortable about posting all of my silly little things and have made my life happier through tough times. I love to hear your travels and your life experiences and I thank you for that. Happy Lobster Day to you as well!
Welcome to Ruidoso and Lincoln County, New Mexico, where the excitement of a horse winning by a nose, the pull of the jackpot handle, and the majestic mountain vistas all take your breath away.
Imagine skiing on the sacred Sierra Blanca Mountain, hiking or biking along trails lined with ponderosa pines or golfing at one of the nine cool courses. In the evening, one can enjoy world renowned artists and local talent at the performing arts and dinner theaters. Stroll along Midtown and explore quaint shops, dine in a steak house or other local New Mexican restaurant, and relax on the deck of a mountain cabin.
The Ruidoso Valley Chamber of Commerce invites you to experience our unforgettable mountain resort. Ruidoso has the lifestyle you have been dreaming of—for a weekend or a lifetime.
And now for some 'cut and paste', because I find it much more interesting at this point than the rumbling that's been going on over and over here. I tell you, it's tedious when every few days I have to sit at my desk while the ground rocks and rolls and shakes around me. Last night was bizarre—I had just rev-ved up my computer, brought up the webpage that reports and maps earthquakes across the country, and two seconds later, wham, I get slammed by that 5.7 down near the CA-Mexico border—while I'm actually looking at the earthquake webpage! Now that's scary. (No issues to report here other than a few more minor cracks in the exterior stucco walls of my home.)
And so, here we go with that mind-numbing 'cut and paste' I promised:
Hi there my dear friend! I'm glad to hear you are doing well. Although I always knew you were a mover and a shaker, I am happy to know you are safe during these turbulent times!
Thanks for all of the cut and paste info!
Glad to hear you rode the wave safely.
We were a bit concerned.
I see you are posting the itinerary (sp) for our field trip to Vermont. Wouldn't know where to go first. it's all good.
Glad to hear there was no real damage Coop. I didn't expect you to feel it very much so far away! You must be situated on some good, solid, conductive ground.
Glad your ok, and glad you checked in. I'm a little on edge with the rumbling that is going on here and in California. Take care. Bring on the cut and paste, we are ready.
HELP MARY! Time to bring on the REVEAL DANCERS! For DBCoop is "All Shook Up".
Coop, Glad you are ok.
History and Background of Ruidoso, New Mexico
Ruidoso and its tumultuous start…
Captain Henry Stanton was one of the first to arrive to Ruidoso country in January 1855. He had his orders to come up from Fort Fillmore (an outpost near the Las Cruces vicinity) to join forces with Captain R. E. Ewell. Their mission was to carry out an expedition to find the bands of Apaches that stole some 2,500 sheep. Captain Stanton may have been the very first Anglo to come upon the "Noisy River" (translated: Ruidoso)…the Ruidoso River would eventually lend its very name to the village that surrounded it. The Spaniards were supposedly the very first to discover the Ruidoso Valley…followed by the Mescalero Apache with settlements throughout the valley.
Captain Henry Stanton was killed during his mission which led to the establishment of Fort Stanton in 1855. This Fort was integral to settling the Ruidoso Valley by providing protection and enforcing law and order.
Sugarbush Farm is located on a 550 acre hilltop outside of Woodstock Village. Visitors watch cheese production, year round maple tours, sample Sugarbush Farm cheeses and other Vermont products, including; Maple Products and Honey. You can walk the nature trail, see farm animals, and best of all free admission. The farm is located 3 miles off US Route 4 on Hillside Road, across from the Taftsville Bridge, 3 miles east of Woodstock. The Farm Store is open daily from 9:00am to 5:00pm.
Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream Factory Tour
Rt. 100 North, off exit 10 I-89,
Vermont's most popular tourist attraction. Educational fun for whole family. Sample Wavy Gravy, Cherry Garcia and more. Open daily, 9am-6 pm. (No production on Sundays or Holidays.) Gift shop. An admission is charged.
The Ruidoso River was also the pull for Paul Dowlin…of whom was a Civil War veteran. He was a member of the New Mexico Volunteers and, during his enlistment, he also worked as a post trader for Fort Stanton (located between Lincoln and Ruidoso). After his run with the NMV, he received a homestead of 160 acres…as did many other veterans of the Civil War. Through a land purchase grant, he acquired another 600 acres. This land encompassed much of where the Ruidoso village resides today. His purpose, to start a planing mill (for wood) by channeling the river's force, from both Carrizo Creek and the "Noisy River"…his efforts were stifled since the water's force fell short to power up for the wood mill. He converted the mill for grinding grain to match the river's energy. In its earliest days, Ruidoso itself became known as "Dowlin's Mill."
Dowlin met his doom, May 5, 1877, by one of his very own former employees. Jerry Dillon shot an unarmed Dowlin for reasons unknown. Dillon left for Texas never to be heard from again.
Vermont Teddy Bear Company
Take a fun stuffed Teddy tour and learn how hand-crafted Teddy Bears come to life. Open Monday-Saturday 9am-5pm, Sunday 10am-5pm. Call for more information on Group Reservations, Special Events, the Factory Tour, and the Bear Shop. Admission charge for adults, children free.
Lots of breweries, cheese & ice cream, with a few side shows thrown in. Who wouldn't be happy there?
Simon Pearce Glass
Rt. 5 North, Exit 9 off I-91
Watch as skilled craftsman (and woman) create unique handblown glass and pottery. Gift shops. Open daily 9am-5pm. Closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. Free admission.
Boyden Valley Winery
70 Rt. 104, 7 miles from Smuggler's Notch,
Taste Vermont wines, tour the winery and vineyard.
Ph: 802-563-2231 or 800-837-4261.
See award-winning Vermont cheeses and dairy products being made. Open daily for factory tours every 1/2 hour 9am-5pm. (Seasonal)
Harpoon Brewery Route 5, Exit 9 off I-91
Ph: 800-540-2248 or 1-888-HARPOON.
Guided tours with samples of beer and ale being brewed.
Crowley Cheese Factory
Tour this Vermont cheese-making plant. Free cheese samples. Gift shop.
Grafton Village Cheese
Historic cheese making in a beautiful Vermont village town of Grafton.
Long Trail Brewery Rt. 4,
View of the micro-brewing operation.
Otter Creek Brewing 85 Exchange St., off Rt. 7,
Brewery tours, tasting room. Gift shop.
Rock of Ages exit 6 off I-89,
See the World's largest granite quarry.
Snow Farm Vineyard and Winery
190 West Shore Rd.,
South Hero, VT
Vermont vineyard and winery.
Acoma Pueblo Cultural Center
Discover the traditional Native American culture and rich history of Acoma Pueblo in New Mexico. Activities and attractions include guided tours, handmade pottery, gift shop, café, feast days celebrations, dances and other public events held throughout the year.
PO Box 310
Pueblo of Acoma, NM 87034
Acoma Pueblo Haak'u Museum
Showcasing the history, art, and way of life of the Acoma Pueblo that has endured for a thousand years. See special exhibitions, Native American art and traditional southwest pottery. The Haak'u Museum also serves as an education and research institute focusing on the preservation of Acoma's rich history.
PO Box 310
Pueblo of Acoma, NM 87034
tel (800) 747-0181
Laguna to McCarty's
National Park Service
Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program
As it moves across the State of New Mexico, U.S. Highway 66 generally follows the region’s traditional east-west transportation corridor through the center of the State along the 35th Parallel. The topography of this route had always presented special challenges to New Mexican road builders even before the coming of Route 66 in 1926. New Mexico’s elevation along this path varies from a low of 3,800 feet at the Texas border to over 7,200 feet at the Continental Divide near Thoreau, creating a roadbed characterized by climbs, descents, switchbacks and cuts. These topographical conditions were especially daunting considering that until the 1930s, much of the road construction was done by human and animal muscle. The Big Cut north of Albuquerque and the La Bajada Hill switchbacks south of Santa Fe are testaments to these challenges–and achievements–of early road building in New Mexico.
Despite considerable progress after achieving statehood in 1912, New Mexico could boast of only 28 miles of hardened pavement. The rest of the roads had surfaces of gravel, rock or unimproved dirt. In addition, many of the bridges along New Mexico’s roads at this time were constructed of untreated timber or creosote coated timber. These less than modern conditions did not stem the increasing traffic flow across the State during the first years of Route 66. The mid-1920s witnessed the convergence of powerful social and economic trends that set the nation in motion as never before. The creation of Route 66 and a Federal highway system in 1926 coincided with the beginning of widespread automobile ownership and the rise of automobile tourism. Aided by private and civic booster organizations alert to these trends, the sparsely populated but visually stunning New Mexico became a major beneficiary of these developments.
New Mexico Route 66 became fully modernized during the Great Depression, as the Federal Government undertook massive public spending programs, many of which concentrated on road building. Between 1933 and 1941, New Mexico was a major recipient of these funds. Starting with the National Recovery Act of 1933, which allotted the State nearly six million dollars for road work, New Mexico received millions of Federal dollars throughout the 1930s and early 1940s for road construction and modernization projects that included new bridges, paving, grade crossing elimination, and roadway straightening.
In the midst of these New Deal efforts, the year 1937 stands out as a milestone in the history of Route 66 in New Mexico. In that year, New Mexico's section of the highway was significantly shortened and straightened by eliminating the major exception to the State’s east-west course: a giant S shaped detour in the center of the State that ran northwest from the eastern town of Santa Rosa to Romeoville and Santa Fe, and then south (through Albuquerque) to Los Lunas. At that point, the road turned once again in a northwesterly direction toward Laguna Pueblo, where it finally resumed its western direction. The new alignment shortened the road, reducing Route 66’s total New Mexican mileage from 506 to 399 miles, and routed the highway directly on an east-west axis through Albuquerque and its famous Central Avenue. By the end of 1937, the paving of Route 66 throughout the entire State was complete, making Route 66 New Mexico’s first fully paved highway.
Are we there yet? LOL
The spending priorities and civilian travel restrictions of the Second World War cut short the economic upswing that emerged in the wake of the New Deal improvements. The postwar explosion in travel and transport, which launched Route 66 into its golden age, proved a double-edged sword. Despite heroic attempts to keep abreast of the surging traffic flow of the 1950s through road widening and new alignments, the Mother Road’s days as a national highway were numbered.
Glenrico to San Jon
1920's timber bridge
National Park Service
Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program
The Road Segments
The historic road segments described below follow Route 66 east-to-west through the State of New Mexico. Together, they illustrate the history New Mexico and Route 66 share. Some are still in use today. The man-made structures and natural wonders continue to draw travelers along the route.
Glenrio to San Jon
Extending from the Texas border at Glenrio to two miles east of San Jon, this 14.6 mile segment of Route 66 runs almost two miles south of Interstate 40 through the sites of the early homestead towns that lined the now abandoned Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railroad. This departure from the interstate enhances the feeling of cross-country travel in rural eastern New Mexico, especially with the vistas across the slightly rolling semi-arid rangeland, the barbed wire fencing paralleling the road, and the remains of the railroad grade with its wood trestle bridges. While the segment has little elevation change, several small streams near Endee mark a visible change in the area’s topography.
These streams made the area attractive to homesteaders but posed challenges for early road builders who used several stream crossings to pass through the area. When the road became part of Route 66 in 1930, road builders realigned it to eliminate stream crossings and run parallel to the railroad lying to the south. Engineers raised the grade and added several concrete culverts, often marked by short guardrails consisting of wood posts and connecting steel cables. Notable along this segment are four creosote-treated beam bridges east of Endee built during the 1930 alignment. These structures characterize bridge building over many of the flood plains and shallow riverbeds of the State in the 1920s and early 1930s. The cross sections of the early roadbed and the bridges remain largely unaltered. When the road was turned over to Quay County, it was given a gravel surface that enhanced its historic feeling and recalled the era of Route 66 that preceded its paving in the 1930s. This segment served as Route 66 until 1952.
San Jon to Tucumcari
Running across the rangelands and irrigated farmlands of eastern Quay County, this 23.9-mile segment is largely unaltered beyond normal road maintenance. The segment generally follows what was known as the Ozark Trail, a regional trail association that preceded the creation of the Federal highway system in 1926. The roadbed was paved with a hard surface in 1933. Traveling west, the road section passes through San Jon where commercial buildings, many now vacant, recall earlier roadside businesses that Route 66 travelers supported. In the distance, to the south and west, the Caprock and Mount Tucumcari offer views of the increasingly rugged terrain awaiting the westbound motorist. West of San Jon, the road diverges from Interstate 40 crossing rangeland well removed from the modern highway. Concrete box culverts and fill carry the road across small arroyos. Sandstone outcroppings mark the drainage of Plaza Largo and Revuelto Creeks with the pre-1933 alignment of the road visible 50 yards to the south. West of the drainage the road parallels the interstate, coursing beneath two overpasses. As the road approaches Tucumcari, canals and irrigated fields marking the Arch Hurley Irrigation District lie to the south.
Palomas to Montoya
This 10.4-mile road segment passes through the Parajito Creek Valley with Mesa Rica to the north and Palomas Mesa to the south. Remaining relatively flat at 4,300 feet, the road has a few bank or slope cuts along this stretch. Several sections, however, are marked by raised grades with culverts and bridges permitting water from small intermittent streams to flow into Parajito Creek just to the south. This road section was realigned from an earlier course in 1933. Of particular interest are the road’s three bridges consisting of reinforced concrete beam construction with concrete abutments. As the road approaches Montoya, it passes a series of vacant businesses and the Montoya Cemetery. This improvement is a good example of the Bureau of Roads’ staged construction policy and illustrates the changes New Deal road building projects brought to Route 66. This segment served as Routes 66 and 54 until the coming of Interstate 40 following the Interstate Highway Act of 1956. Works Project Administration project number plates are affixed to their headwalls.
Montoya to Cuervo
This 20.3-mile segment was originally designated as State Highway 3 in 1914. This section of Route 66, like other stretches in eastern New Mexico, generally follows the Ozark Trail that preceded the creation of the Federal highway system in 1926. Coursing across pinyon and juniper covered hills and mesas and crossing small drainages feeding into Bull Canyon and Parajito Creeks, this portion of Route 66 is largely unaltered beyond normal road maintenance. Several ridges permit remarkable panoramas of the interstate, railroad, and Route 66 grades roughly paralleling each other. Each alignment, however, negotiates the topography differently, offering a striking contrast in evolving alignment engineering
WOW! Check out the Showhouse and photos… http://meredithbaynh.com/photo-gallery-2/
Love that blue and white LIGHTHOUSE!! (Looky….. Meredith Bay, a 410+-acre residential gated community and marina, has signed an agreement with Ron Peabody of NorthWest Development, LLC for the development of four single family home sites. )
Aaaaaa! The Halfmoon Bay lot even has a 40'x 6' lift out dock to enjoy boating, swimming and fishing. LOOKY at this other lot's view ! ! ! ! ! Sleepyview Lane, Alton NH 03809 http://www.beangroup.com/real_estate/listings/Lan…
Lovely! It's amazing how many beautiful places our country has to offer!
Cuervo to Junction with SR 156
This long abandoned stretch of Route 66 offers unbroken views of scenic vistas of the eastern New Mexico rangeland. Interstate 40 is so well removed to the north that it does not impinge on the historic feel of Route 66. This part of the Mother Road that leads from Cuervo to State Road 156 consists of 6.9 miles built as part of the realignment during 1932. It marks one of the few places where the road deviated substantially from the railroad right-of-way.
Even though the years of neglect have led to the erosion of most of the asphalt surface, concrete culverts, modest bank cuts, and fence lines marking the right-of-way still remain, giving the atmosphere an almost reverent feel, as though an old Chevy pickup might come skidding to a stop at the gas station pump. Passing southwest from Cuervo, this portion of Route 66 crosses a deep arroyo carved out by Cuervito Creek. It then climbs 200 feet to an elevation of 5,100 feet at Mesita Contadero. Built on the mesa’s relatively flat rock and caliche surface here, the roadbed stretches to 24 feet wide in some places. Typical of most ascents along Route 66, a yellow median stripe in the road and a gas station awaited motorists at the rise, a spot now marked only by the building’s foundation and concrete pump. The road segment served as Routes 66 and 54 until 1952, when the highway was realigned to its present course following Interstate 40. This segment still serves as a local road.
Albuquerque to Rio Puerco
This 8.5-mile section is marked by a scenic descent from Nine Mile Hill into the Rio Puerco Valley and a through-truss bridge across the steeply eroded banks of the Rio Puerco. At the segment’s eastern end at Nine Mile Hill, the summit offers notable scenery. Eastward lies the emerald chain marking the middle Rio Grande Valley, with Albuquerque stretching across the valley to the Sandia Mountains beyond. To the west is the Rio Puerco Valley with Mount Taylor, rising above to 12,000 feet. Many travelers who drove the Mother Road during the historic period fondly recall the vistas at Nine Mile Hill, especially the views of Mount Taylor and Albuquerque at night, as some of the most inspiring in the American West. Crossing the Rio Puerco is a Parker through-truss bridge with its original bridge plates affixed to the headwalls of the reinforced concrete approaches.
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