After a small jaunt on I-40, we veered back onto the Mother Road at Santa Rosa,
|Sun N Sand in Santa Rosa|
|Old Motor Court in Newkirk|
Between Santa Rosa and Tucumcari is what we refer to as a ghost town stretch of Route 66 that includes Cuervo, Newkirk and Montoya. These small towns got their start from Ranching and Railroad and for a time they were bustling with activity from the many travelers of Route 66. Today they are a shell of their former self with very few residents. The buildings tell of a time before the interstate when these small communities were important stops. Read more about this stretch HERE.
|Blue Swallow Motel|
This would be all of the Mother Road on this segment of the trip though, as we cut north on Highway 54 for an overnight stay in Logan, just outside of Utte State Park, on our way to more old west history in the Texas Panhandle. (Stayed at Arrowhead RV Park on the east edge of town. Under new ownership for about a month, this was an alright stop for the night with full hookups, but was mostly long term campers working in the area. A little TLC, which the owner is in the process of giving, will go a long way here. Paid $15 (tax included) with our Passport membership).
Logan to Stinnett and Hutchinson County History
|At one time this bar was a bank|
This was a gem of photo ops for Kathy and I, but unfortunately for "me", my camera decided it was time to
|There were quite a few old vehicles on|
property along the highway in Nara Visa.
After some quality time in Nara Visa, we pushed onto the Texas Panhandle for Cal Farley's Boys Ranch, which used to be the Old West town of Tascosa. This was once a rival to Dodge City for cattle markets, and was the capital of 10 counties. The post office was established in 1878, and by the 1880's it was already a rough town, famously known for a gun fight in 1886 at the Jenkins Saloon between two panhandle ranch factions that left four dead. You can visit their graves at the Boot Hill cemetery on the way into town.
Once in Cal Farley's Boys Ranch you need to check into the main office, then walk across the street to the Julian Bivins Museum, housed in the original courthouse. It, and the old school house are the only two original structures remaining from Tascosa, which died as a town after the railroad built 50 miles north of town. By the 1930's the town was dead and Cal Farley's Boys Ranch was built on the site in 1938.
From Cal Farley's we headed onto our destination for the next couple of days, Hutchinson County seat Stinnett Texas.
For Legends' 10th Anniversary, Kathy wanted to pay tribute to her roots in the Texas Panhandle, as it was her Grandmother Irene Foster which gave her the "history bug" as a child. Hutchinson county has a pretty interesting history, especially with the oil industry. Like the wild and wooley town of Borger just a few miles down the road from Stinnett that was once so corrupt that the Governor of Texas had to send in the Texas Rangers. You can read our full story on Borger HERE.
Stinnett wasn't always the county seat. The extinct town of Plemons held that honor for several years after getting it's start in the late 1800's. Hutchinson county is also home to Adobe Walls, the first trading post in this region established back in 1843. Just a marker in a field now, Adobe Walls also has the grave of William Billy Dixon, famous scout, buffalo hunter and Indian Fighter. Dixon was involved with the second "Battle of Adobe Walls", and is credited with being a hero two days into the battle, when a bullet from his Sharps buffalo rifle knocked an Indian off his horse nearly a mile away (perhaps exaggerated. Dixon himself never claimed credit for his "long shot."
|Irene Womble Foster, the|
inspiration for Legends Of America.
Kathy's written extensive history on Hutchinson County, it's towns and people which you can see HERE. Be sure to visit the link for Extinct Towns, Ghost Towns and Company Camps to see more about Plemons and other places that used to be part of the rich history here.
You can see our trip in photos via our Facebook photo album HERE.
(We stayed a couple of nights by the city park in Stinnett in a small (3 or 4 space) RV parking area. Full hookups, and it was "Free" for 3 nights, then $10 per night after [no long term campers]. We think it's great promotion for a city to do this, and loved the fact we could take advantage of it. The only thing we would suggest is that the city perform the same care with the RV area that they do with the park, as it was full of good ol' Texas stickers and hardly any grass)