Shrine of the Sun God

Carlsbad CavernsAn unusual image of Carlsbad Caverns, looking a bit like a watercolor painting. On the back:

THE TEMPLE OF THE SUN, BIG ROOM,
CARLSBAD CAVERNS, NEW MEXICO
The Shrine of the Sun God, before which range numerous coraline stalagmites. The stalactites form an onyx drapery above.

Raton Tunnel

Raton TunnelTraversing Colfax County, New Mexico and Las Animas County, Colorado, Raton Pass is a mountain pass that was used by the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway. This Fred Harvey postcard has this description on the reverse:

Raton Tunnel, the highest point on the Santa Fe. Altitude 7,622 feet. The Tunnel at Raton Pass is fifteen miles beyond Trinidad. The Santa Fe has recently completed a secon Tunnel considerably below the original Tunnel.

La Loma Court, Las Vegas, NM

La Loma CourtThis lackluster postcard features a view of La Loma Court in Las Vegas, New Mexico. You may be unfamiliar with the town but we stop in Las Vegas just about every time we’re in New Mexico (every couple of years), as the interesting town offers some fine antique shops. Mailed from Red River, New Mexico to Plains, Kansas in 1942, the card has this correspondence written on the reverse:

Dear La Verne, Came from Taos this morning & got here about 10:30 A.M. Think we’ll go on to Eagle Nest today & possibly Raton. Scenery is beautiful but still nothing to compare with some we saw last year.
Love, Mother

Castleberry’s Restaurant

Castleberry's RestaurantLocated on the east side of Deming, New Mexico, this is Castleberry’s Restaurant. Car aficionados will recognize the sweet yellow hardtop as a 1955 Mercury Monterey, while the 2-door sedan is a 1950 or ’51 Ford. (I never could tell them apart) It seems that Castleberry’s became the El Mirador in the late ’90s, but I’ve found no other info on the eatery. (you can read about the El Mirador here) The cryptic description on the back of the postcard suggests that there is an interesting story behind the “hanging dippers”. Please, somebody, anybody, come forward and share this story!

CASTLEBERRY’S RESTAURANT
U.S. 70-80 Deming, New Mexico East Side of Town

Wonderful food from the cleanest kitchen in the southwest. It is impossible to be a stranger and stay one when you dine here. Ask about the true story on the hanging dippers.

New Mexico

New MexicoThis linen postcard features a poem about New Mexico written by Anna B. Stevenson. I tried to find information about Anna Stevenson, but all I learned was that she wrote a book, The teaching of Poetry to High School Students, in 1933 and also published at least one collection of poems.

Motel Stevens

Motel Stevens, Carlsbad, NMMotel Stevens in Carlsbad, New Mexico. On the back:

MOTEL STEVENS
1 1/4 miles south of town on U.S. Highways 62, 180, and 285, CARLSBAD, NEW MEXICO
Near famous Carlsbad Caverns.
New, excellently equipped rooms with tiled showers and tub baths.
Operating Owner: W.C. CHILDRESS
Telephone 650 – P.O. Box 671
Stay with us when visiting Carlsbad Caverns

Carlsbad Caverns Lunch Room

Carlsbad CavernsMailed in 1946, this postcard shows the lunch room at Carlsbad Caverns. On the back:

LUNCH ROOM
CARLSBAD CAVERNS NATIONAL PARK
NEW MEXICO
owned and operated by Cavern Supply Co. under supervision of National Park Service. Good linches, including tea or coffee, served at reasonable prices. Open every day in the year. Adequate equipment to accommodate any size crowd.