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Far Horizons: 1943

Far Horizons: 1943

March 1943. "Duoro, New Mexico. Rounding a curve in the sheep and cattle country along the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe between Clovis and Vaughn, New Mexico." Photo by Jack Delano, Office of War Information. View full size.


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The Curve

Great picture. In the early eighties, there was a huge train wreck in this same area past Vaughn. Since my father was a truck driver he was contracted to pick up trailers reloaded with product and bring them back to the rail yard in Clovis. One thing that stuck with me going with him, were all of the items they didn't take back. If the entire rail car was damaged and even though some of the contents were slightly damaged they buried everything right there next to the tracks. They brought out backhoes and buried items that were brand new with minimal damage, washers, dryers, rolls of linen, and toys. I remember the toys since it was mid fall and there were tons of toys destined for the shelves for Christmas that were scattered all over the place. Also very noticeable getting close to the wreck was the smell of men's cologne. One car had some in it and you could smell the wreck before even seeing it at over 10 miles from the scene.

Andrews Sisters

Am I the only one to hear the Andrews Sisters singing the "Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe" when I look at these pictures?

Probably looks the same today.

The Google man has not been there, but you can get there by traveling up County Road 3h between US-285 and US-60 about half way between Roswell and Albuquergue. The road on the left is County Road 3h and the tracks are bending to the west northwest towards Albuquerque. Wished I lived closer.

That's One....

long train. I would hate to be waiting at a grade crossing for this train to pass....

What a trip

Has any trip ever by any American photographer produced more great photos or more photographic history than this trip by Delano? Maybe the only competitor is Russell Lee's visit to Pie Town, not all that far from where Delano took this photo. And this New Mexico countryside isn't mere emptiness, it's the medicine for too long in the mountains and forests.

Those must be empties

Loaded tank cars could not be coupled immediately ahead of a caboose.

Miles and miles

... of nothing but miles and miles.

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