One of my favorite towns in New Mexico is Carrizozo. It is about 90 west of Roswell along the old SP mainline, now Union Pacific RR. “Zozo” (as it is nick-named by some locals) is the county seat of Lincoln County (one of my favorite counties in NM) and has a population of about 1,000. The name of the town is derived from a Spanish word for reed grass Carrizo, which grew significantly in the area and provided excellent feed for ranch cattle. (Carrizo also refers to a groups of extinct languages. sometimes called Comecrudan that were spoken in parts of Texas and New Mexico along the Rio Grande River. A number of early ethnographers and researchers, including John Wesley Powell, documented this language.)
In the early 1990s and mid-2000s I visited. The next couple of posts or so, will share some images and thoughts about the town and my road trips.
There’s a novel (or at least a short story) waiting to be written about this place. Maybe I’ll write it.
Another great building to weave into the story! What beautiful architecture for such a utilitarian business. I love the way style used to count. It would be a metal, nondescript building now.
More to come–fantastic food, railfanning out towards Oscura, petroglyphs and more. Oscura–that needs to be in the short story too!