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Glenrio Historic District

New Mexico 88434 USA

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Sat 12a-11:59p
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“route 66 ghost town”

This place is on private property. Listing for informational purposes only. Please do not visit without express permission from the land owner. Glenrio, formerly Rock Island, is an unincorporated community in both Deaf Smith County, Texas, and Quay County, New Mexico, in the United States. Located on Route 66, the ghost town sits on the Texas/New Mexico state line. It includes the Glenrio Historic District which was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2007. The community was founded in 1903 as a railroad siding on the Rock Island Railroad. Its name comes from Scots "glen" + Spanish "rio" (meaning "river"). Originally a railroad town, the village was renamed from Rock Island to Glenrio by the Rock Island and Pacific Railroad in 1908 and began receiving motorists on the dusty Ozark Trail in 1917. Its original structures were adobe buildings. The circa-1910 Angel House was in New Mexico. The Ozark Trail was incorporated into U.S. Route 66 on November 11, 1926.   By the 1930s, U.S. Route 66 in Texas was a paved two-lane road served locally by several filling stations, a restaurant, and a motel. 

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Joel Schat

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July 01, 2014

Was a little sketched out cause one of the abandoned buildings seemed to have someone living in it as well as some dogs barking the entire time!

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A. Crews

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March 12, 2014

I agree with the previous comment. I'm not sure why this is listed as a place that's even an option to stop on a road trip. There are no trespassing signs everywhere and further down the gravel road it looks like a sign was hit by a shotgun blast. There are lots of abandoned places along Route 66 worth a look but I'm not sure why this is included. I'd say skip it.

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February 23, 2014

This little town is there but covered in do not trespass signs. Not really that cool to be honest.

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June 17, 2019

Definately do not exit early to see any potential "town" or you'll find yourself on probably the only route 66 gravel road left. There are abandoned buildings, which are cool. There is an occupied house behind one of the abandoned buildings. You can also see the abandoned railways.if you take the gravel drive down route 66 the are multiple railway bridges and old bridges to drive over. Those were cool. It was a quiet break from the hustle of I-40

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Glenrio Historic District

New Mexico
88434 USA


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