"When dawn spreads its paintbrush on the plain, spilling purple... ," Sons of the Pioneers theme for TV show "Wagon Train." Dawn on the mythic Santa Fe Trail, New Mexico, looking toward Raton from Cimarron. -- Clarkphoto. A curmudgeon artist's musings melding metaphors and journalism, for readers in more than 150 countries.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Route 66 Memories, and ghosts

I've started taking the I-40 exits to the towns that once spanned U.S. 66 in New Mexico and Texas, and breathing, and thinking.

Clark quote, when someone told me not to be in a hurry: "I left hurry in Oklahoma." My friend Mark Zimmerman is a professional photographer with a real knack and talent for documentary photography, and he inspired me to this project.

Fading away...
A couple of months ago I stopped on the Texas-New Mexico border and took photos of Glen Rio.

Here's another chapter, Newkirk, N.M., between Tucumcari and Santa Rosa, where I turned off to head up the back roads to Las Vegas.

Backsliding away...
What kind of bottles?
Fill 'er up
Not exactly Motel 6...I wonder who stayed in those rooms?
Can I thumb a ride?

It's just not the same


  1. Me too, especially since I get older....but you grew up around real ruins--Pecos!


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