Photographer's Note

In the ghost town of Glenrio, Deaf Smith County, the First Motel in Texas, Last Motel in Texas motel can be found. The town is on the New Mexico state line and founded in about 1903 when the Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railroad came through. Farming became the main industry and the small town later boomed after Route 66 was built and the town became a popular stopping place.

The position of Glenrio straddling the border led to separation of certain businesses. For example, the gas stations were positioned in Texas because of the lower gasoline taxes compared with New Mexico, and the 1930s State Line Bar and Motel was firmly in New Mexico because Deaf Smith County, Texas was dry.

In common with many other towns along Route 66 the by passing of Glenrio by Interstate 40 in 1973 saw the death of the town, and by 1985 only 2 residents remained.

Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck was filmed in Glenrio in 1938.

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