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Old 10-20-2007, 09:45 AM
 
Location: Eagan, Minnesota
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Default Abandoned stuff along NM Highways

What are some of the most interesting abandoned things you have found driving around New Mexico?, it could be houses, buildings or whatever!

1) Last year I was in NM, I drove from Madrid area towards Albuquerque via 14 and spotted this really odd looking silver shiny mobile home just sitting in the middle of the brush with all the windows busted. I was driving a rental with Colorado plates and decided to drive up the hill to take some pictures, I looked inside and it had nothing in it and oddly, it was perfectly clean inside, as if no one had ever lived in it?! Around it, there was a rusty pickup that probably has been sitting there for some good twenty years. As I walked around, an old man that lived up the hill came out of one of the trailers and gave me this really dirty look I realized it was time to get the hell out



2) This is another one I love, the sign says OPEN, I could not tell if this was an old trading post, a restaurant or WHAT, but it looks surreal. This one is also around the Madrid area. Amazing isnt it?



3) Finally, this one sits just outside of Espanola, off of 84/285 around Hernandez if you are heading towards Abiquiu. I actually stopped and walked around, very interesting. An old abandoned gas station and just a bunch of stuff sitting around untouched for probably many years. Notice the beautiful New Mexico blue sky in the background. So incredible!



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Old 10-20-2007, 11:10 AM
 
Location: Surprise, Az
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There are a few old cars near Lordsburg that have been there forever (I-10 eastbound lanes in an empty field).

In Arizona there is a converted bus dug into some sand (west bound I-10 lanes). It looks like an old encampment and it has been there forever as well.

It seems that maybe they broke down at that spot and decided to make it home.
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Old 10-20-2007, 12:41 PM
 
Location: Eagan, Minnesota
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In Arizona there is a converted bus dug into some sand (west bound I-10 lanes). It looks like an old encampment and it has been there forever as well.

It seems that maybe they broke down at that spot and decided to make it home.
That is so interesting. I saw this one somewhere around the Madrid area. An abandoned train box car that was converted to either a house or storage space As you can see, they installed sliding doors I looked inside, there were sacks of concrete stacked and a chair. Could not determine if it was storage space or if someone actually lived there.

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Old 10-22-2007, 05:07 AM
 
Location: Londonderry, NH
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We have plenty of that sort of thing here in NH but the rain, bugs and critters generally turn it into the forest before too long. I wonder if the scowling guy would have sold the trailer?
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Old 10-22-2007, 08:08 AM
 
Location: Eagan, Minnesota
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We have plenty of that sort of thing here in NH but the rain, bugs and critters generally turn it into the forest before too long. I wonder if the scowling guy would have sold the trailer?
The area where I found that silver trailer is awesome but kind of strange, I am not sure if the guy would have sold the trailer but it was weird like the location where the trailer was sitting. One thing I find interesting about New Mexico is the lack of zoning, you could put a trailer up on a hill, put some fence around it and you are all set. Abandoned stuff just sits around for years and it gives the place this really surreal atmosphere. This is another abandoned service station just outside of Espanola, NM.

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Old 10-23-2007, 07:38 AM
 
Location: Londonderry, NH
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Anybody know of any abandoned auto dealerships? That would be a neat way of finding a place to live with a really big shop.
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Old 10-23-2007, 01:51 PM
 
Location: Tx.
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The area where I found that silver trailer is awesome but kind of strange, I am not sure if the guy would have sold the trailer but it was weird like the location where the trailer was sitting. One thing I find interesting about New Mexico is the lack of zoning, you could put a trailer up on a hill, put some fence around it and you are all set. Abandoned stuff just sits around for years and it gives the place this really surreal atmosphere. This is another abandoned service station just outside of Espanola, NM.

That looks just like the one up the road from where I presently live in Texas!
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Old 10-23-2013, 05:41 AM
 
Location: United States
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Fascinating thread. Anyone have more of these?
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Old 10-23-2013, 10:55 AM
 
Location: Alamogordo, NM
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budgetlord - next time I'm heading back to Alamogordo from Las Cruces I'll try ta remember to snap a few pics of old, abandoned hotels and eateries on the south side of Hwy. 70. They always fascinate me as I climb the Organ Mountains on the way home.
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Old 10-24-2013, 08:39 AM
 
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budgetlord - next time I'm heading back to Alamogordo from Las Cruces I'll try ta remember to snap a few pics of old, abandoned hotels and eateries on the south side of Hwy. 70. They always fascinate me as I climb the Organ Mountains on the way home.
Sounds good. I'm sure each building/place/outpost/item has a story to tell. If I ever make it back to New Mexico I will make sure to get a lot of pictures of these types of structures/items.
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