|Will Rogers Drive (Route 66), Santa Rosa, NM at sunset (Tri-X film, Hasselblad 501CM, 250 mm Sonnar lens)|
The east-west highway through the town was designated as U.S. Highway 66 in 1926, and the increase in traffic made the community a popular rest stop with motels and cafes. Santa Rosa's stretch of Route 66 is part of film history. When John Steinbeck's epic novel, The Grapes of Wrath, was made into a movie, director John Ford used Santa Rosa for the memorable train scene. Tom Joad (Henry Fonda) watches a freight train steam over the Pecos River railroad bridge, into the sunset.August 2017, on a 90+° F day, a swim in the Blue Hole was chilling and fun. But on this (2019) trip, the temperature was well below 50° F, so no swim. But I did stay overnight in a Route 66 motel and spent a few hours exploring. The La Loma was clean and cheap, with a 1960s ambience. The Joseph's Bar and Grill next door was pretty bad. Santa Rosa is not a foody place.
|Rio Pecos truck stop, Route 66, Santa Rosa (Tri-X film, 80mm Planar-CB lens)|
|Will Rogers Drive (Route 66), Santa Rosa (Moto G5 digital file)|
In the morning, I drove around town. Most of it is rather rough, with numerous unoccupied buildings. Some are wood frame, while others look like old adobe block with plaster facing.
|S. 9th at Campos (near the Blue Hole), Santa Rosa (Tri-X film)|
|Shotgun house, Santa Rosa|
|Shotgun house with intact metal roof, Santa Rosa (Moto G5 digital file)|
|Shed or tiny house made of adobe blocks with partial plaster veneer (Moto G5 digital file)|
|No more lunch at the Comet, Santa Rosa (2017 photograph)|