Jesus Christ Is Lord Travel Center

Driving through Amarillo, Texas on my way to New Mexico, I saw a huge billboard that said; “Jesus Christ is Lord, Not a Swear Word.” I Thought it was just one of the many religious billboards you see along the highways in Texas, until I got close enough to see that it was actually the name of a truck stop! I didn’t get to stop, because it was late at night, but I made sure to stop there on the way home.

The Jesus Christ is Lord Travel Center is like an ordinary truck stop, except that they actually have church services and bible study meetings there, in addition to the usual truck stop services like fuel, food, and showers. I thought it interesting how they blended religion with commerce, as in this photograph, with the large signs advertising Krispy Krunch Chicken alongside the proclamation that Jesus Christ is Lord, not a Swear Word.

The Jesus Christ is Lord Travel Center on Interstate 40 in Amarillo, Texas. The signs on the front advertise Krispy Krunch Chicken.

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Desert Storm

I stopped along US-54 in central New Mexico, between Vaughn and Santa Rosa, as a storm gathered in the sky above. I photographed an abandoned house (the one in my last post) on the east side of the highway, then turned around to photograph this even darker sky to the west. Just as I put my equipment back in the car, the clouds unleashed a heavy downpour on the desert!

A big dark thunderhead gathers over the desert in central New Mexico, along US-54 between Vaughn and Santa Rosa.

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Ranch House in the Desert

This abandoned house of stone sits on a ranch along US-54 between Vaughn and Santa Rosa in central New Mexico. I stopped here on the way home, as a storm gathered in the sky above. I photographed the house, then turned around to photograph the even darker sky behind me. Just as I put my equipment back in the car, the clouds unleashed a heavy downpour on the desert!

An abandoned stone house with a tin roof sits on a ranch in the New Mexico desert along US-55 south of Santa Rosa. A windmill and water tank stand next to the crumbling home and dark storm clouds gather in the sky above.

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Building 4 Sale

There has been a “For Sale” sign in the window of these adobe ruins on US-285 in Encino, New Mexico for several years. It was there when I lived in Santa Fe, four year before I made this photograph during my visit to New Mexico in 2011. I’m sure they’re really selling the land for redevelopment, but it looks funny seeing a sign like that in the window of a building that has fallen apart so completely that only the front wall and doors remain!

A sign that says 4 Sale in the window of a ruined adobe building in Encino, New Mexico. The front wall and doors are all that remain of the former storefront building on US-285.

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Tom Montoya and Son Grocery #2

This is the abandoned Tom Montoya and Son Grocery, Dry Goods, and Hardware store on US-285 in the nearly abandoned town of Encino, New Mexico. The town must have been a flourishing place at one time, because there is another abandoned grocery store across the street. Tom Montoya and Son is in the same building as the abandoned post office.

The abandoned Tom Montoya Son store on US-285 in Encino, New Mexico. The sign says Dry Goods, Hardware, Grocery, and General Merchandise.

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Tom Montoya and Son Grocery #1

These are the front doors of the abandoned Tom Montoya and Son Grocery, Dry Goods, and Hardware store on US-285 in the nearly abandoned town of Encino, New Mexico. The town must have been a flourishing place at one time, because there is another abandoned grocery store across the street. Tom Montoya and Son is in the same building as the abandoned post office.

The front doors and adobe facade of the abandoned Tom Montoya Son Grocery and Dry Goods store on US-285 in Encino, New Mexico.

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