A Town That Was Dealt A Bad Hand
In it's hay day, the small town of San Antonio, New Mexico boasted a population of around 1250. Over the years, a series of natural disasters and unfortunate world events has left the town with barely 100 residents.
To quote the late Kenny Rogers, "Know when to walk away, know when to run".
A Brief History of Tome', New Mexico
Tome' is located off HWY47 south of the intersection with El Cerro Loop (formerly known to long term residents as "the 4-way stop") and is one of several small communities that run together in the area generally known as "Los Lunas".
Today, Tome is little more than a blip on the map but, once upon a time, it was the county seal of Valencia County and is the oldest Hispanic settlement in Valencia County.
Not much left in Seboyeta
Johnpaul and I drove through Seboyeta on the way to Moquino. It is near Laguna Pueblo, off I-40 west of Albuquerque. I suspect we may have missed some of the highlights of the town because all we saw were two abandoned stone houses, the remains of a tricycle and a band of friendly ranch horses.
Seboyeta, New Mexico is a census designated place in Cibola County. That means it has a name and a dot on the map because people still live there but it no longer has a post office or a town government.
In 2010, census data reported a population of 179 and Seboyeta had a post office from February 5, 1885 to January 7, 1995.
Moquino is almost, but not quite, a ghost town.
My first visit to Moquino was in 2008 and from that trip there is only one surviving image which I published in a previous post about a nearby small town called Cubero. A few years later I shot an album cover for a local musician at the churches in Moquino so that was probably 2010 and I hadn't been back since, until a couple weeks ago.
It took Johnpaul and I two trips to find the churches in Moquino, mostly because I couldn't remember the name of the town and I thought they were in Cubero (they're not).
Moquino, New Mexico is almost, but not quite, a ghost town. According to census data from 2010, Moquino has 37 residents and all of them live within easy viewing distance of the churches. They are very protective of these churches so don't go there looking for trouble or you'll find it.
Grants, the "City Of Spirit"
Travelers on Route 66 looking for a place to get lunch between Albuquerque and Gallup would likely find themselves in Grants, New Mexico. Grants is the county seat of Cibola County and has a population of about 9000 people.
To drive through Grants is to see a city in decline. Many Route 66 era businesses now sit abandoned. With the decline of mining and railroad industries, the most successful businesses in Grants now seem to be the WalMart Supercenter, McDonald's, and the gas stations and hotels near the freeway.
I am DeAnna Vincent, fine art and portrait photographer in Los Lunas, New Mexico. These are the photos from my everyday adventures.