Day #24 features Grenville, New Mexico

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Grenville, New Mexico dates to the 1880s and was founded as a camp for workers laying the new tracks of the Denver & Fort Worth Railroad, which would eventually be absorbed by the Burlington Railroad.

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A town plat was filed in July 1888, several years after the camp had already been established. and a full four months after the last spike in the Denver & Fort Worth line had been driven at the site on March 14, 1888.

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Grenville, located on the barren high plains of eastern New Mexico 27 miles northwest of Clayton on present-day US-87, was a typical western railtroad town featuring the usual businesses and amenities for railraod travelers.  The town was also a supply and shipping center for nearby ranches and farms, beans being the top producing crop until the Dust Bowl years.  A combination of the Dust Bowl and the end of the railroad era led to the decline of Grenville.

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Grenville today is home to a number of abandoned residential dwellings, stores, and a school house which is one of the most photogenic I have come across in my ghost towning adventures. An old restored Texaco station on the edge of town recently housed an antique store, but it too has now closed its doors.

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