New Mexico’s vast, deep blue skies are as encompassing as the miles of open road beneath them. The emptiness between towns can be soul-stirring and the state is often referred to as “The Land of Enchantment.”
New Mexico’s settlement is inextricably tied to the railroad. Many long-abandoned railroad towns dot the lonely highways and the iconic and cathedralesque Albuquerque Rail Yards remain as a stoic symbol of the industrialization of America’s forty-seventh state.
New Mexico is an adventure not just for passionate road trippers but for everyone inspired by the Southwest’s colorful history. Its abandoned past offers the curious a glimpse of America’s modern historical eras. In the north, the Tierra Amarillo Airforce Station stands sentry to the Cold War years of the 1950s. Farming towns, which have remained silent since the Great Depression, hold only ghost-like reminders.
Forts, some converted to tuberculosis treatment centers, have outlived their usefulness and now depend on historical preservationists for their survival.
Abandoned New Mexico: Enigmas and Endings explores the remains of progress in a state crucial to America’s push westward and the passionate push to preserve the very fabric of its memories.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR(S)
Susan Tatterson is Professor of Digital Media at Central Arizona College. She began photographing America’s abandoned landscape in 2008 as part of her MFA thesis at the University of Baltimore. Her photographs have been exhibited at solo and group shows in Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Arizona, as well as being featured in Baltimore Magazine, and the indie film The Curio Shop. Her website, Spirits of the Abandoned, features work from more than seventy abandoned locations across the U.S. Her work has been described by local historians as “heartbreakingly beautiful” and “simply gorgeous.” Originally from Australia, Sue moved to the United States in 2001.
PUBLISHER: America Through Time
STATE: New Mexico
DIMENSIONS: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)