Here's Lisa and I standing near one that was being worked on in a hangar. I wonder what they need to do to fix them?An interesting fact about Pronghorn Antelope is that both males and females have horns. Also they do not lose their horns and they are not antlers.
To the Spanish settlers the seedpods of the prevelant yucca resembled dates, and "datil" is the Spanish word for date. Levi and Fred Baldwin established the first Datil store and post office in 1884 to serve the cattle ranching families.
Originally called Norman's Place, Pie Town is located 22 miles west of Datil on the Continental Divide. The altitudes of 7,900 feet has proven healthy for the town's 55 inhabitants.
Pie Town earned its name in the 1920s when Clyde Norman, owner of the town's gas station and cafe, began selling pies to automobile travelers on U.S. 60. In 1934 the area around Pie Town was opened up to homesteaders. Using dry land farming, the homesteaders grew pinto beans until 1956 when the lack of snow and rain made this unprofitable. more info here
With three cafes, three motels, two garages, general and hardware stores and the only high school in the northern part of the county, Quemado is a service center for the surrounding ranching community and the 250 inhabitants of the town. The cut stone small Catholic Church at the east end of town with its tiny graveyard is well worth a photograph, as is the tree made of deer antlers.
We didn't see the deer antler tree but we did admire the church. The school was really nice too.
We turned into this little canyon area for a pit stop. In the middle of the hill above the bathrooms was a tiny little sign. (click on photo for zoom and look closely) Further investigation revealed that it was a "no camping" sign. Would anyone really want to camp up there?
A short walk up a footpath gave me some spectacular views.
Then it was back on the road again for the long way home.
To be continued...
Ghost town approach, part II