Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Cuervo, NM

Cuervo, which means "crow" in Spanish, probably began about 1901 as a railroad town.
Around 1910 ranching began in the land around the town and later, when Route 66 came through, the town saw hotels, gas stations and other businesses.
The Catholic church was built in 1915 by a man named Max Salas.

At it's peak sometime in the 1930's or 40's the town had a population of about 300 as well as 2 churches, schools, hotels and saloons.
 This is the front of the schoolhouse, which we were unable to reach for a closer look due to erosion.
Here is a back view of the schoolhouse.

When photographing this interior, the door swung back & forth several times. (Okay, so it was windy outside, still spooky!)

I'm not sure what this was for but I think it's a safe bet the large barrel on top of the structure held water.

When I-40 came along the super highway cut through the residential section, cutting the town in half and removing one whole street.

Today the town supports about 50 people, mostly on the south side of 1-40 and surrounding ranches.

Cuervo is located off I-40 between Santa Rosa & Newkirk. Take Exit 291.

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