Empty Farmhouse and Packing Plant
I think I have saved the best for last. This was the last stop on a quick tour of three, easily accessible, derelict farmhouses in and around the Upper Valley in El Paso. This last property is not far from the Gato Road House. It’s along Highway 28, on the way to La Union New Mexico.
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I hesitate to call this property abandoned. There is a house on the plot that while it’s empty at the moment, has been maintained and even has a security system visible from the front porch window. All of its doors and windows are intact with no signs of vandalism or forced entry.
To the left of the house is a storage shed. It contains a lot of old supplies and stuff you would expect to see on a farm. There was a pile of old Glidden paint cans and a cool old oil lantern that was missing its glass.
The next building on the property is the largest. It looks like it was some sort warehouse or packing facility. Old refrigerators, stacks of flat cardboard boxes and other assorted junk are scattered all around. The roof looks to have been removed save for a few pieces of corrugated metal left in a few spots.
This building could have started life as some sort of feeding place for livestock. On each side of the building a concrete trough ran the length of the building. There was one neat find in here, some old hubcaps.
Outside on a large concrete slab a old tracker trailer sits. It won’t be going anywhere fast, all of the tires are rotted to the hub.
The last building on the property is the oldest. Its an adobe structure that has lost it roof and all the wall plaster. Slowly its returning back to the earth.
This collection of buildings was the most interesting and really shows the range of how long it had been in use. It could have easily spanned two or three generations and been an important player in the areas farming past. I took a bunch of pictures that I could not include in this post so if you want to browse the full set on Flickr click below: