Monday, May 8, 2017

Fiesta Days draw weekenders to T or C

In 1950, radio quiz show host, Ralph Edwards, awarded a name change to Hot Springs, New Mexico and the town officially adopted the show's handle, Truth or Consequences.

Like many other post-heyday small towns the main commercial district has shifted to the highways outside downtown leaving many storefronts empty or converted to single family dwellings. Cannabis-friendly T or C has become a tourism-driven economy where many northerners winter. The vast bulk of the properties outside the core are mobile homes and real estate signs are numerous. Much of the burg sits within the Rio Grande floodway in the relative safety of the Elephant Butte Dam.

Here is a favorite entry in the Fiesta Days parade.

T or C's gay and lesbian community is very active in the festivities in a collective where non-traditional couples have settled. We met a geologist from Missoula, Montana who prospects in Sierra County and has claims in Boulder County near my former home in Basin.

The cottage at La Paloma was our home away from home.

The Geronimo Springs Museum is home to a priceless collection of projectile points and stone tools as well as artifacts from the Spanish conquest, European settlement and the Ralph Edwards era.

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