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Glenrio, Texas/New Mexico

Straddling the border between Texas and New Mexico is the forgotten ghost town of Glenrio. Once a monument along the boom and bust highway of Route 66, it now remains home to only the critters and the blowing tumble weeds of the vast prairie.

In 1901 the Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railroad came through the area and two years later Glenrio was born. The name Glenrio, which stems from the English word "valley” and the Spanish word for river, is neither in a valley nor along a river.

By 1920, Glenrio had a hotel, a hardware store, and a land office, as well as several grocery stores, service stations, and cafes. A newspaper, the Glenrio Tribune, was published from 1910 to 1934. There were no bars on the Texas side of the community, since Deaf Smith County was dry, and no service stations on the New Mexico side because of that state's higher gasoline tax.

Today, it has no residents.

Glenrio, TX - Staked Plains Windmill

Glenrio, TX - Staked Plains Windmill

Glenrio, TX-NM - First In Last In - Broken Window

Glenrio, TX-NM - First In Last In - Broken Window

Glenrio, TX-NM - First In Last In - Door

Glenrio, TX-NM - First In Last In - Door

Glenrio, TX-NM - First In Last In - Gas Station

Glenrio, TX-NM - First In Last In - Gas Station

Glenrio, TX-NM - First In Last In - Motel

Glenrio, TX-NM - First In Last In - Motel

Glenrio, TX-NM - First In Last In - Motel Room

Glenrio, TX-NM - First In Last In - Motel Room

Glenrio, TX-NM - First In Last In - Motel Room - 2

Glenrio, TX-NM - First In Last In - Motel Room - 2

Glenrio, TX-NM - First In Last In - Sign

Glenrio, TX-NM - First In Last In - Sign

Glenrio, TX-NM - First In Last In - Sign - 2

Glenrio, TX-NM - First In Last In - Sign - 2

Glenrio, TX-NM - First In Last In - Station Office

Glenrio, TX-NM - First In Last In - Station Office

Glenrio, TX-NM - First In Last In Sign - 3

Glenrio, TX-NM - First In Last In Sign - 3

Glenrio, TX-NM - Little Juarez Cafe

Glenrio, TX-NM - Little Juarez Cafe

Glenrio, TX-NM - Modern Restroom

Glenrio, TX-NM - Modern Restroom

Glenrio, TX-NM - NM Post Office

Glenrio, TX-NM - NM Post Office

Glenrio, TX-NM - Old Business Building

Glenrio, TX-NM - Old Business Building

Glenrio, TX-NM - Old Business Building

Glenrio, TX-NM - Old Business Building

Glenrio, TX-NM - Old Door

Glenrio, TX-NM - Old Door

Glenrio, TX-NM - Old Motel

Glenrio, TX-NM - Old Motel

Glenrio, TX-NM - Old Truck

Glenrio, TX-NM - Old Truck

Glenrio, TX-NM - Old Water Tower

Glenrio, TX-NM - Old Water Tower