Day #7 of A Ghost Town a Day For 30 Days features La Liendre, New Mexico.

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La Liendre Saloon early-1900s

The Spanish “La Liendre” translates roughly to “The Mosquito” in English and legend says this tiny village along the Gallinas River was named for the mosquitos that plagued the residents.

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Ruins of the saloon in the previous photo

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La Liendre is located roughly 20 miles southeast of Las Vegas, New Mexico in the stunning canyon country of the eastern New Mexico plains region. The small community began life under the name “Los Valles de San Antonio” around 1840. There was a Post Office intermittently at La Liendre between 1878 and 1942, as well as a church, saloon, and a number of stone and adobe dwellings.  Today La Liendre is a collection of crumbling walls, boards, debris, and around 20 foundations surrounded by beautiful views.

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