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Johnnie Meier Classical Gas Pump Museum New Mexico True

Johnnie Meier Classical Gas Pump Museum New Mexico True

When was gas 32¢ a gallon?

Driving back to Albuquerque after a weekend of rural land real estate photographer in Angel Fire along the very scenic Route 66, one can find amongst an unbroken stretch of canyon, trees and river a place that very much stands out, the Johnnie Meier Classical Gas Pump Museum. Thanks to Atlas Obscura, a great website for finding strange and odd things, we knew to be on the lookout for it. There are not just old gas pumps, but any number of things from a past that is slowly being forgotten. For me seeing the old coin operated animal rides that I used to take in the 1970s and 1980s, it was a strong shot of nostalgia. Even the old cigarette machine jogged my memory to when you used to see them in every restaurant waiting room. And when was gas only 32¢ cents a gallon last?

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Lake Valley Ghost Town New Mexico

Lake Valley Ghost Town New Mexico

When I heard of this ghost town near Hillsboro, New Mexico I was quite excited.  Exploring haikyo in Japan (and even here in the U.S.) was the source of some of my greatest adventures.  All of these past places were just forgotten and open for exploring.  Lake Valley Ghost Town, however, had an admission gate and a museum!  Despite this it was still interesting to see an old safe lying open in the desert, wagon wheels leaning against fences, and to listen for old voices.  It was useful having actual signs describing what each place was in a past life, even if it took a lot of mystery and imagination away.

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