|Pinos Altos Historic Museum & Gift Shop|
|Buckhorn Saloon, Pinos Altos NM -- not much to look at outside but unique inside.|
|The Pinos Altos Opera House (obviously they need to repair that sign ... or should they?)|
After we covered Main Street we visited the "Hearst" Church. Actually it was an M.E. Church (Methodist-Episcopal) when it was built. But W.R. Hearst's mother donated the $500 it took to build it back in the day, so locally it is known as the Hearst Church. Today it is an art center which features rotating exhibits.
|The Hearst Church, now a center for the arts, in Pinos Altos NM.|
There were some unusual graves in the local cemetery so we spent a lot of time walking around there. It is next to an abandoned Catholic church. The first part of the cemetery, near the church, is the Catholic cemetery, then there are several boundary markers and from there on, to the north, it is called the Pinos Altos Community Cemetery. No fence, just this imaginary border, heavily posted. Very interesting ... I'll bet there's a story there. The Catholic Cemetery primarily consisted of graves with Mexican-American surnames. Their graves are often completely blanketed with artificial flowers! Very colorful and eye catching! And all of the graves in both cemeteries were fenced or bordered in some way. It might be a concrete wall, a stone wall, an iron fence, or just a simple border of large stones -- something to define each grave or family plot. Most graves are protected in some way such as this:
|Graves might be covered with a concrete slab (such as this), or with |
crushed stones, wall-to-wall stepping stones, etc., within a foundation.
While in the cemetery we had a visit from a mule deer. She just watched us for a while, then ran away. In a short time she returned with a friend ... I guess they were checking us out. Obviously these deer are used to people. They are like Indiana's white-tail deer in size and markings but they have huge ears (like a mule ... duh ...).
It was a good day. If you'll notice, the sky is blue blue blue; I love it. Weather has been in the high 50s to mid 60s almost every day. Almost always sunny. Nice.