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There’d been a fire here. That’s all I can say with certainty.

Vaughn, New Mexico
photographed 2.25.2019

Of course there was a vacancy

Yes, there was a vacancy at this place. Mostly because it was out of business.

Vaughn, New Mexico
photographed 2.25.2019

Underwear and one shoe

It makes me sad to see business that haven’t made it, especially in towns that are obviously struggling.

But on the other hand, I sure do like it when they’ve closed up shop without cleaning out their inventories. Just look at the stuff – lots of TVs and underwear, and that one dusty shoe.

Vaughn, New Mexico
photographed 2.25.2019

Blinds, down

A pile of blinds on the floor, in the shadow of the jalousie window from yesterday.

Vaughn, New Mexico
photographed 2.25.2019

Proximate Horizon

Not only does this place have color cable TV, but it also has direct dial phones! That’s a pretty good set of amenities, and you should probably start planning a trip.

I am not certain if there are “low” and “high” seasons here. My guess is that there are not, and that most people only stop here for the night when they realize they are still a couple of hours from Albuquerque or Clovis and they just can’t stay awake long enough to make it. That makes me wonder if room rates fluctuate by the lateness of the hour rather than by the season of the year. Like, if you check in at 4:00 p.m. it’s way cheaper than if you pull in at midnight because getting all the way to that Econo Lodge on the east side of Albuquerque just isn’t gonna happen.

Vaughn, New Mexico
photographed 5.25.2019

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