Monday, June 20, 2016
I have passed Steins, New Mexico a number of times on my way back and forth along I-10. It is located just off exit 3 by the New Mexico/Arizona border. You can see the old rickety buildings from the highway. It is a ghost town. It used to be a mail stop on the route from El Paso to the west coast. The town was abandoned a long time ago and the structures that make up the town have fallen into disrepair. At one time this was a sightseeing stopover with guided tours of the town. Now the town is surrounded with a barbed wire fence. The old mercantile is still standing. I cannot imagine life here over a hundred years ago. Isolated, for sure. Dependant on the mail supply stage for all the necessities of life. The introduction of a rail line to the north put an end to this thriving community. Dust to dust.