Endee to San Jon - Another Ghostly 66 Stretch
Glenrio on old Route 66 is the
a population of 110 in 1946. Along the way you can view several
abandoned homes and structures before arriving at
Endee was founded in 1882,
gaining its name from the old ND ranch. A post office was established
Endee was originally a
west town where cowpunchers went to blow off steam on Saturday
nights. Some people claim that the town was so rough that a
trench was dug on Saturday to bury the gunfight losers on Sunday. In 1950, 187 people made their home in
Endee, but today, this town
has been long abandoned and forgotten.
The post office in Endee opened in 1886. The settlement was founded as
a supply center for area ranches, including the sprawling ND Ranch
established by John and George Day in 1882. Post office closed in
1955, three years after the completion of a realignment of Route 66
that bypassed the community.
As a result of its remote location, Endee retained vistiges of the
frontier era well into the early 20th century. The Santa Fe New
Mexican on May 2, 1906, reported that with the arrest of John Fife
and Tom Darlington in Endee by mounted police, a major cattle-rustling
had been "broken up." The Evening Observer on June 30, 1909, reported,
"The anti saloon campaign at Endee, N.M. came to a close last night
when a band of masked men, mounted and armed, rode their horses
through the doors of a saloon and shot up the place until the mirrors
and glassware were completely destroyed."
down this old dirt road to Bard
you will see the remains of an old Rock Island trestle. The
Bard was also said to have
been a wild town during the cowboy days, where drunkenness and
shootouts were commonplace.
In the 1940's it was a
trading center for local ranchers, consisting of a store, a gas
station and several houses. At one time,
Bard had 195 people, but by
1980 the town had been reduced to ten. Today,
Bard, too, is but one more
Continuing west on old Route
the dirt and gravel road will take you all the way to San Jon,
if road conditions permit.
The initial settlement in
Bard dates to 1906, and population became sufficient to warrrant a
post office in 1908. The following year, acceptance of an amended
post office application change the name to Bard City, and another
amendment in 1913 changed it back to Bard.
Numerous sources claim the
name comes from the association a pioneering family had with a
railroad siding named Bard in Texas. However, the most probably
namesake is the Bar-D Ranch operating in the area at the time of the
On three different
occasions, the entire town relocated to capitalize on the change in
traffice patterns from predominately railroad to automotive. A 1946
highway guide indicates a population of 26 and a sparse business
district consisting of a gas station, garage, and post office. Today
Bard is a ghos town.
Russell's Truck Stop opened
near the site in late 2009. The unique complex blends the modern, all
purpose travel center with an automotive museum and Route 66 gift
shop. However, the address of the travel center indicates an address
New Mexico, May, 2004, David Alexander.
This old Motel and Cafe sits along I-40
exit. December, 2004, Kathy Weiser.
Another few miles along your journey,
you’ll come to
San Jon (pronounced San Hone), a small agricultural community curled
up against the vast open spaces of Eastern
New Mexico. This quiet village of
just about 300 people is not quite a
but many of its old businesses display otherwise. However, this was
once a busy stop for early day
travelers with several gas stations, garages, motor courts, and
The settlement was founded in 1902 and soon
became an important ranching and shipping center when the railroad arrived
just two years later.
In those vintage
days, San Jon
was the largest town on those eastern plains and was the hub of cowboy
nightlife on Saturday nights. Unfortunately, its streets are quiet
today, after having been passed by the interstate, lined with empty
buildings testifying to better times.
Continuing on for a little more than twenty
miles, you will soon arrive in
Tucumcari. As you travel along watch for the many "Tucumcari
Tonite” billboards, which have been popular since the vintage days of the
of America, updated September, 2016
Closed up Auto Service in
December, 2004, Kathy Weiser
Old Gas Station in
December, 2004, Kathy Weiser.
The "Pour House" in
pouring anymore beverages these days.
December, 2004, Kathy Weiser.
Tonite road signs have dotted old
since its earliest days. December, 2004, Kathy Weiser.
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