This gas pump’s sign proclaims that “Jesus Christ is Lord, Not a Swear Word,” while also advertising the non-religious services offered by the truck stop! The truck stop is on Interstate 40 in Amarillo, Texas.
October 15, 2011
October 14, 2011
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.
An inspirational message from Adrian, Texas. This sign has stood along the I-40 Frontage Road just outside the small Texas Panhandle town for many years. I first saw it four years before I photographed it, but wasn’t able to stop to do so until my trip to Santa Fe in August, 2011.
October 13, 2011
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!
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!
October 11, 2011
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!
October 10, 2011
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.
This restaurant in the small town of Encino, New Mexico appeared to be closed and abandoned. It has been many years since any place could sell breakfast for just 99 cents!
October 9, 2011
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.
This is the side of the abandoned Los Penas Grocery and Bar in the tiny town of Encino, New Mexico. In English, the graffiti says “Dear Poet: Survive.” In Spanish it says “La Mera Verdad,” which translates to “The Mere Truth.”