Steins, NM Railroad Ghost Town

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If you are close to the New Mexico/Arizona line, the Steins Railroad Ghost Town is well worth the stop.  By all means, pay the $2.50 and take the tour led by the wife of the couple who own the ghost town.  You may want to call ahead to ensure getting the tour.  If you don't take the tour, you only see the outside of the buildings.  The tour will get you into several buildings containing historic items and she tells some great stories plus the history of the town.

Thanks, Jim Dick, for suggesting this stop.  We thoroughly enjoyed it!

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Hi Darlene & Taylor,

Glad you enjoyed Steins. I thought the wife was very informative and had done some great research. Hope you enjoyed some of the trains as well. :)
 

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D2 said:
If you are close to the New Mexico/Arizona line, the Steins Railroad Ghost Town is well worth the stop.? By all means, pay the $2.50 and take the tour led by the wife of the couple who own the ghost town.? You may want to call ahead to ensure getting the tour.? If you don't take the tour, you only see the outside of the buildings.? The tour will get you into several buildings containing historic items and she tells some great stories plus the history of the town.
Thanks, Jim Dick, for suggesting this stop.? We thoroughly enjoyed it!

D2,
A couple of years ago Jim suggested this trip to us as well.  Not only was the little tour interesting and authentic, we got to park over night in their big parking lot.  It was the perfect resting place for us for one night an we were entertained by the train whistles all night.
Betty
 

Bob Zambenini

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Also in this area, to the east on I-40 is the Acoma nation Indian pueblo sitting atop of one of those beautiful mesas you see in distance. I believe it is  at Exit 108 on I-40 and just a short distance to the south is the visitor center where you can park an RV. You must be taken to the top in their vehicles. Take the tour of a couple of hours. Its well worth the time. I had driven by this area for many years and did not even know such a village existed . The views are spectacular and the history is very interesting. Several movies have been made at this village over the years. At the exit there is a small casino with good food. Believe there is a small RV park with hookups also.

http://www.indianpueblo.org/ipcc/acomapage.htm

http://www.nmmagazine.com/NMGUIDE/acoma.html
 
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Jim,

We did enjoy two trains that came by during our visit.  We didn't stay overnight - just a break on our way from Deming, NM to Huachuca City, AZ.

The wife (Linda) told a story that I don't know if it is a newer story or if you heard it but I found it amusing so I will repeat it here.

Her neighbor, a woman in her 60's, lives alone on 1,300 acres.  The neighbor bathes outside as no one is close around.  One day, she takes off her clothes and goes outside to bathe and sees a rattlesnack.  The neighbor goes back to the house and puts on her underwear, shoes and hat, grabs her snake stick, catches the snake and puts it in a box.  She proceeds to take off her hat, shoes and underwear to go outside to bathe.  She comes upon another rattlesnack.  Back inside the house she goes and puts on her underwear, shoes and hat and grabs her snake stick to catch the snake.  As she is retelling the story to Linda, she asks Linda, "Now why did I put on my underwear?  I can understand the hat - to protect me from the sun and to be able to see the rattlesnake.  I understand why I put on my shoes to protect my feet.  But why did I put on my underwear?"  :D
 

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Hi Darlene,

I had not heard that story before. Some good questions by that woman. :)

The only one we heard was about the teenagers that decided to break into their gift shop and steal the dollar bills stapled to the walls and ceiling. As you probably know they are all signed by individuals who have visited Steins. The kids apparently stole the ones on the ceiling. Shows right there that their elevators didn't make it to the top floor!! Anyway they proceed to a neighboring town to spend the money. In the meantime the theft is discovered and the police notified. It doesn't take too long to catch them since the signed bills were quite obvious.

The problem was they had spent a few of them before getting caught. In one of these towns was a woman who was shopping in some of the same stores. She now receives a few of these dollars as change. The word is out and she heads for another store not knowing any of what is happening. Now she pays for her goods with some of these stolen bills. Of course the shop owner knows the story and calls the police. I guess it took some convincing on the woman's part to keep her out of jail! :)
 

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