Friday, March 26, 2010

Something Fowl Afoot

Hi All, Sorry about these past couple of weeks, went out of town then have been playing catch up.  I am thrilled that I had my blogaversary or whatever it is.  When I started this, I was doubtful I would make it a month.  I am ready to get back into the swing here, spring is coming and we are all beginning to venture out with the days being longer and warmer.  Speaking of venturing out...this brave one followed me up onto a porch.
This one has their red hair looking good......

Saturday, March 20, 2010


It was on March 19th a year ago that the Enchanted Basin welcomed you from 32.90 N 105.96 W! The purpose was to post bits about the area, things about home, things that catch the eye, and just anything of interest, including the forgotten and the obscure--things that have been around so long that no one sees them any more. It's been a year of discovery for everyone who has posted on or read the blog!  Since I am guest blogging today, I chose to highlight one of my favorite corners in the basin, Main Street and Alamo St. in La Luz.
I just love the adobe and blue of the southwest.

The plaza gazebo and century plant.

Catholic Church in La Luz.
And art inspired by the church.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Old high school

I was at the public school administrative offices today and thought about the past uses of that area.  Due to it being afternoon, the pictures aren't great, but just looking around brought memories.  Those of us in 10th, 11th and 12th grade who were going to school there in Dec. 1968 left it behind to start in January at the "new" high school recently featured on the blog. It then became the Alamogordo Middle School for many years before students joined again in a 4 year high school.
A look at the school from the west.  And then across the street where there used to be a football field,
is the "new" post office.

And I just can't leave out one of my favorite trees in Alamogordo which across from the post office.


Friday, March 12, 2010

Gate Header III

Here is one made from the telephone poles like I mentioned that you see around.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

110 Years Alamogordo Public Library

The Alamogordo Public Library celebrated it's 110th anniversary.  I attended the festivities and ran into several people that I had not seen in years.  The Library is such an important part of any society and we are trying so hard to get funds for a new building.

This is state representative Gloria Vaughn who has been instrumental in trying to push through funding in the legislature. 

Here is the unveiling of the plaques for people who purchased virtual deeds for the building of the new library.
I found this old postcard It doesn't look much different today.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Burn Barrel

What blog about New Mexico could possibly be complete without discussing burn barrels?
Those of you that live here are thinking "so?" , but those of you who have not had the pleasure of country living, this is how lots of trash gets disposed of around here.
Frankly they all look exactly the same....

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Alamogordo Senior High School

Well guys this photo of the school has remained unchanged for about 40 years...
I think a class in the 1970's bought the "tiger".

Alot remains and yet I do not recognize the school when I go in.
The back entrance off of First st. to the student parking.
This is from my year...
I drove by the mid-high also remembering the girls gym and the boys gym...

Monday, March 8, 2010

Thunderbird Plaza

             This old plaza sits on 9th street and still houses some medical offices.  This is another sign from the past.  Very 1950's.  Typical of the Route 66 style again.

Sunday, March 7, 2010


These signs have been up for years, so I am certain the population has increased.
I am not sure who put them up, only that the area is best described that way.
Since Tularosa is 13 miles from Alamogordo, how do you refer to the highway area businesses, and homes?

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Star Motel Alamogordo

This old motel sits on White Sands.  It used to have wagon wheels on the front, and somewhere in my mind I always think of it as the Wagon Wheel motel.  I don't remember what it's name used to be.  It might have been called the Wagon Wheel.  I am sure someone out there remembers, if you do, let me know!
It looks like a Route 66 remenant, juxtaposed along more modern buildings.
You can see where the old vigas were. 
The purple doors are probably the most current update to the place.
It is a shame it is in such a state of disrepair.
Not the best photo, but you can see even less updates here.  I have a feeling it will be torn down before long and wanted to capture it before that happens.

Friday, March 5, 2010


Snapped this one while out yesterday.  That is our Sierra Blanca in the background.  It does not even seem strange to me to see a teepee.  I was introduced to a group on facebook called "you know you're from Alamogordo when.."  Great group!  Started by a guy I went to high school with, check it out.  Thanks for starting it Bill.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Air Tankers

The Forest Service Air Tankers were doing test flights.  It is warmer here, so the planes came down from Montana to get checked out to be ready for fire season.
I got momentarily distracted by them as I was taking the photo of the windmill.
And off he goes...It makes you really appreciate the saying "wild blue yonder".

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Vintage Rocket City

I thought I would post some photos of old post cards of the area. 
This Sanitorium used to sit at the top of what is now Scenic and First street.  It was far out of town then and housed the TB patients.

Monday, March 1, 2010

Turquoise Tank Engine.

You never know what you will find off of the beaten path...
                                           Someone was creative with a welding torch!