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55 - San Marcial

It's not there any more. I don't know why they bother with a sign. For almost a hundred years the town has been gone, buried under silt without so much as a wall or fence post to mark the spot. There is just this sign. Don't bother looking for a town. It died years ago.

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Monkey Man said...

Now I need to look.

November 24, 2011 at 9:17 PM
G-Man said...

A Ghost Town?
Thats so strange.
Excellent 55 though Ann...
I love stuff like that.
Thanks for playing, and have a Kick Ass Week-End

November 24, 2011 at 9:25 PM
Margaret said...

Floods and Fires will do that to a town! Is it a tourist location? strange the sign would still be there...

November 24, 2011 at 10:27 PM
Ann (bunnygirl) said...

@Margaret: No, there's nothing for tourists to see. This isn't unusual in New Mexico, where I suspect they keep these place names active so their maps won't look so empty.

San Marcial was buried by back-to-back flooding of the Rio Grande in 1929. At the time, it was referred to as "New Mexico's Pompeii" because survivors had to dig through as much as six feet of silt to salvage their valuables. My grandmother's wood-burning cast iron stove was saved that way, dug up out of the mud.

November 24, 2011 at 11:32 PM
Anonymous said...

Fascinating post. Over here in the UK we have 'deserted' villages from 500 or so years ago, due to plague or economic changes.


November 25, 2011 at 6:05 AM
Brian Miller said...

that is actually pretty fascinating...what happened to the town but also that they leave the sign up...

November 25, 2011 at 8:01 AM
author.nara.malone said...

Wow, gone but not totally forgotten. I'm kind of glad they kept the sign.

November 25, 2011 at 12:56 PM
Other Mary said...

Hmmmm...makes me want to go and look too!

November 28, 2011 at 4:03 PM
Alice Audrey said...

For real? I wanna go visit. :)

November 29, 2011 at 9:41 AM

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