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    My sister and I will be driving between Albuquerque and Oklahoma City looking for ghost towns and abandoned buildings. Any recommendations of what places are MUST SEES ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by JuneNY View Post
    My sister and I will be driving between Albuquerque and Oklahoma City looking for ghost towns and abandoned buildings. Any recommendations of what places are MUST SEES ?

    Disclaimer: Not all the following are ghost towns, or "MUST SEE" etc. Some are other attractions or historic sites.
    NEW MEXICO:
    Just east of Alb on NM14 north of Tijeras is (San Pedro- not sure if still exists), Golden, then Madrid, then
    Los Cerrilos. (Also, if time permits, old town Santa Fe has much to see).

    Just north of Las Vegas is ruins of old Ft Union which was on the south branch of the Santa Fe Trail. Nearby are Watrous, Valmora , and up I-25 a bit is Wagon Mound, all historic little towns from that period. Old Ft Sumner State Mon is about 50 miles SE of Santa Rosa, just south of US 60.

    TEXAS PANHANDLE:
    Just south of Amarillo is Marsh's Cadillac Ranch, and the Panhandle Plains Historical Museum. Suggest Google to see if worth the effort for you.

    OKLAHOMA:
    Just across the border, down 283 and 13 miles north of Mangum is Willow. Old Ft Reno (from Custer days) is about 15 miles west of OK City, and Dale is about 18 miles east of OK City. OK has a few more, but are further out of the general area you set.
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    Northern New Mexico is an absolutely beautiful region. you don't really find "ghost towns" in the area, just lots of small and extremely old villages that make you feel like you have stepped back in time. if you have the time you should definitely explore the area around Santa Fe as much as possible. as mentioned earlier, highway 14 from Albuquerque to Santa Fe is littered with both old/historic places and beautiful scenery. Cerrillos is about as close to a living ghost town as you can get, and somehow it has managed to stay this way for decades despite the rampant development the region has seen in the past 20 years. Madrid is great too- an old ghost town that was taken over by hippies in the 60s and has managed to keep it's charm despite all the new wealth in the area. North of Santa Fe is a small village called Chimayo that is worth visiting, where you will find a 200 year old church where the dirt is said to have healing powers. Lamy, just south of Santa Fe, is heading towards ghost town status, and there is an old abandoned church there that is very photogenic. get on the back roads and just explore, you'll have a great time.

    there is an enormous abandoned train depot/complex in Albuquerque. from downtown, get on SW First Street and head south and you'll literally run into it. there used to be a lot more crazy abandoned stuff in ABQ, but urban renewal and redevelopment has really filled things in. be sure to go to the Frontier Restaurant while you are there!

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    There is Rockledge, Jericho and Glenrio in Texas,and there might be a few others.I think there is a Texas Route 66 Association. There probably are some others too, but can't think of their names right now.the website, www.texasescapes.com has pictures of Glenrio and other ghost towns in texas.They also have a search feature so you could type in Route 66 and see what comes up.

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