Thursday doors…retro Raton

Posted: September 17, 2020 in Thursday doors
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As many of you know, I or we go to Wyoming every summer. I think I’ve missed two since college. The route has stayed almost the same for all those years and since I moved to Cleveland in the mid-seventies, it’s always been along interstate 80 and 90, simply shortening when we moved to Illinois.

However, once we moved to Arizona, that all changed. Only the last 30 miles are the same, so I had a lot of new territory to discover. My brother and his family have been going this way for many, many years, so my brother suggested I stay in a small motel in Raton, New Mexico.

While Raton has had its day, it seems that day might be in the past. There seem to be lots of empty a/o decaying buildings. Just a fun fact: you might have heard of a group form there called The Fireballs, a rock and roll group, had a number-one hit with 1963’s “Sugar Shack” and number-9 hit with “Bottle of Wine”. At any rate, I found these two marvelous retro buildings with their doors. I think this gas station is wonderful.

The theater or the theatre? Depends where you are. I may find more buildings and doors in the upcoming years but these will have to do for today.

for Thursday Doors 9.17.20

  1. macmsue says:

    I really liked hearing those two songs “back in the day”.

  2. That gas station is very cool.

  3. Su Leslie says:

    Love the gas station in particular. I’m guessing the building is used for some other purpose β€” I didn’t see any pumps.

  4. Dan Antion says:

    These are great doors, Janet. They both speak to a simpler time. I look forward to seeing the places and things you discover in the future.

  5. HonieBriggs says:

    The gas station brings back memories from my childhood of a place where my dad worked. Retro buildings have such great stories.

    • I remember when gas was sometimes $.25/gallon when there was a gas war and when you got your windows washed and oil checked when you filled up. I guess I’m retro, too. But if I look as good as this station, I’m fine with it. πŸ™‚


  6. dweezer19 says:

    Love the gas station. And Sugar Shack!.

    • I was surprised to learn that both those songs were from a group a) whose name I didn’t remember and b) go their start or were from Raton. πŸ™‚ Thanks for the visit and comment, Cheryl, and happy Thursday.


  7. scr4pl80 says:

    Very fun buildings. I definitely remember “Sugar Shack.”

  8. I love that song, Sugar Shack! I’m going to listen to it next. That gas station is neat. Too bad they got rid of the old pumps. The brick building is beautiful. Good finds on the new route to the cabin.

    • I notice a number of interesting places along the way, including Santa Fe and various pueblos. But when I head for Wyoming, it’s difficult to stop, at least on the way up. I’ll have to make time on the way back when I’m not in a hurry. πŸ™‚

  9. DrJunieper says:

    The red brick building is pretty, Janet. I smile, it sounds like you are still eying things from someone who didn’t move too long ago:) Sorry, I am still getting used to blogging again (so I react slow). You asked last week why I moved, and I like to make a private comment, so I hope I have your email somewhere, but it’s not because of family, and we are both retired, so also not because of work….

    • I sent an email some days ago via your blog, but perhaps it’s in your spam folder. I’d love to hear what’s happening with you. From California to Texas. I can think of idea or two why, but I’ll see what you say.

      Since it’s been just under half a year since we moved, I am still seeing things that way, but it makes life interesting and I’m not saying one place is better/worse, they’re just very, very different. πŸ™‚

  10. Norm 2.0 says:

    Two beauties this week. That gas station is so well preserved it’s almost hard to believe it isn’t new.

  11. Love The Station – perfect retro.

  12. Cool retro shots! I hope you enjoyed your trip. =)

  13. Resa says:

    Very nice. Adore “The Station”!

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