|Ruins of a building near Clayton|
Not wanting to risk too long of a stretch without fuel stops, we
We didn't want to take the typical route through Springer, and instead veered off highway 56 onto 39 headed for the town of Roy through the Kiowa National Grassland. We were pleasantly surprised to find an unexpected ghost town along the way.
|Vintage photo from Mills, NM|
|Mills New Mexico today|
Had a run in with the law while Kathy was jawing with the Postmaster. Highway Patrol stopped at our
|Kaydee dog applies for guard duty in |
Turning onto highway 120, we headed for more Santa Fe Trail, passing through the town of Wagon Mound.
At Wagon Mound we hopped on I-25 and headed south for Las Vegas, and our destination for the day at Storrie Lake State Park just outside of town (Nice place to park your RV, or even a tent, with various levels of sites, including some partial enclosures. No wifi, but we were able to use our ATT data to an extent. Verizon apparently covers this area much better. Clean park, friendly folk. We paid $14 a night with electric and water. Dump station on site.)
Santa Fe Trail, Native American, Civil War, Spanish Mission and even Route 66 history all in a day!
|Downtown Las Vegas, NM|
When the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railroad reached the settlement in 1879, it was the biggest city between San Francisco and Independence, Missouri. During the notorious days of Las Vegas’ history the town was called home or visited by the likes of Doc Holliday, Big-Nose Kate, Jesse James, Billy the Kid, Bob Ford, Wyatt Earp, Rattlesnake Sam, Cock-Eyed Frank, Web-Fingered Billy, Hook Nose Jim, Stuttering Tom, Durango Kid, Handsome Harry the Dancehall Rustler, Vicente Silva and his gang, and Belle Sidons (alias Monte Verde).
|La Castenada Hotel from the tracks|
|Plaza Hotel, Las Vegas NM|
This stop along the Santa Fe Trail is a great destination for history lovers and we could easily see why early westward travelers would consider Las Vegas a welcome site after 600 miles across Kansas.
|Spanish Mission at Pecos National|
While at the visitors center, be sure to ask about the Glorieta Civil War Battlefield, which is another section of the park. A new experience for us was the fact that they had to give you directions to the Battlefield, and a combination for the lock on the gate, with specific instructions on
|Glorieta Civil War Battle Field|
|Kozlowski Trading Post & Stage Stop|
We literally stumbled out of the Battlefield and onto Route 66. Yes, Route 66 once had an alignment (before 1937) that ventured up from Santa Rosa to just south of Las Vegas, then over to Santa Fe and back down to its later
|An old business on Rt 66 near Rowe|
It was a great day for our Summer 13 Adventure, and an great way for us to wrap up our Santa Fe Trail history. Next blog we leave Las Vegas, travel the old pre 37 alignment of 66 to more Mother Road, headed for Tucumcari, then more Old West history in the Texas Panhandle.
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