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Faro's Place: 1940

Faro's Place: 1940

October 1940. Dugout house of homesteaders Faro and Doris Caudill with Mount Allegro in the background. Pie Town, New Mexico. The Caudills at dinner. 35mm Kodachrome transparency by Russell Lee. View full size.

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The dugout homes in this series

Does anything remain of them in Pie Town today?

Upscale? Not quite

I lived two hours from Pie Town for six years and went to the Pie Festival (in September, which is pretty good!) a few times. It actually looks about the same. The houses are a little nicer, but it's not upscale by any means. There's probably not a golf course for 10 miles in any direction.

I was in Socorro, which is on I-25, centered east-west in New Mexico. Pie Town is about 100 miles west of there on I-60.

I wonder

what that same spot looks like today. I'll bet it's full of upscale homes with swimming pools. Maybe room for a golf course, even.


the scenery in this picture looks great to me...the house in front of the mountains the way it is looks classic and very early 1900's

Like Something Out Of Monty Python

This looks like a still from one of Terry Gilliam's animated sight gags, involving Abraham Lincoln and quicksand.

I'd give it a try

Though I'd like to have at least a minimal internet connection as some sort link to the outside world. Make it a year long experiment and record it. Could be fun.


Don't know if I could live this way...but it would be interesting to try. Living in the greatly overpopulated Northeast is hell; think of how peaceful living like this must have been. Not very comfortable by modern standards, but the stress level was certainly lower.

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