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Correo, Suwanee and Highland Meadows, New Mexico

Posted by graywacke on March 20, 2015

First timer?  In this formerly once-a-day blog (and now pretty much a once-every-three-or-four days blog), I have my computer select a random latitude and longitude that puts me somewhere in the continental United States (the lower 48).  I call this “landing.”  I keep track of the watersheds I land in, as well as the town I land near.  I do some internet research to hopefully find something of interest about my landing location.  To find out more about A Landing A Day (like who “Dan” is and what the various numbers and abbreviations mean in the first paragraph), please see “About Landing,” (and “Abbreviations” and “Cryptic Numbers”) above.

 Landing number 2165; A Landing A Day blog post number 593.

Dan:  Today’s landing marks the 53rd  straight western / midwestern landing (but at least it’s a USer). . . NM; 79/87; 4/10; 31; 150.7.

Here we go again.   53 landings in a row that haven’t touched the east!  Just like my last bunch of posts, I’ll do the statistics:  Each landing, I have a 0.82 chance of a western / midwestern landing.  Raise that number to the 53rd  power (and then take the inverse) and I get one chance in 36,971 that I would not land in the east for 53 straight landings!!!   Phew. . .

Here’s my regional landing map:

 landing 1

Here’s my very local landing map:

 landing 2a

Look at all those streets!  These must be fairly substantial communities . . .  (obviously, more about that later).  Let me zoom back a bit to show you that I’m way out in the boonies:

 landing 2b

OK, so Albuquerque is just off the above map to the east . . .

I have a straightforward watershed analysis:

 landing 3

I landed in the Rio Puerco watershed (2nd hit); on to the Rio Grande (43rd hit); which, of course, discharges to the G of M.  The Rio San Jose, while close to my landing, is immaterial and is on the above map just for the heck of it.

Ouch.  Rio Puerco is translated as either Dirty River, Nasty River, Pig River or Pork River.  One Spanish-English website definitely translated Rio Puerco to “Nasty River.”

Here’s a Google Earth (GE) Street View shot of the Rio Puerco about 10 miles south of my landing:

 GE SV Rio Puerco

So, here’s my GE trip in:


Now I’ll take a GE trip over to Correo & Suwanee and see what’s up.  But first, I’ll repeat my local landing map (a little closer in and at more-or-less the same scale as the GE shot that follows), so you can readily compare the network of roads:



Anyway, here’s the GE shot:

 GE 1 correo & suwanee

Right off the bat:  The GE place name feature is turned on, and GE doesn’t recognize Correo and Suwanee as towns.  This is peculiar to me, because generally speaking GE recognizes more towns than my landing map program, StreetAtlas.

And then, you can see that the only streets appear to be the trapezoidal area on the north side of Route 6.  All of the StreetAtlas streets south of Route 6 just ain’t there . . .

So, of course, I Googled Correo & Suwanee.  The only bit of information I could find anywhere was an entry on Ghosttowns.com, entitled (strangely) “Correo or Suwanee.”  Here are some excerpts:

Correo started out as a post office on US 66 (where the railroad & highway converged) in about 1920.

Correo was never much more than a store, a school and a post office for about 60 years.

A one room school house (a box car) was provided for the railroad crews children. The school teacher in 1935 & 1936 was Tillie Sanchez from Belen, New Mexico.

The Santa Fe railroad had an Operator at Suwanee, just down the tracks from Correo.  Correo and Suwanee were both referred to as one and the same by the residents and ranchers of the area.

In 1931 the State of New Mexico built a new road from a junction west of Correo to Albuquerque and that road became US 66.

The post office was discontinued in 1960. A trading post and beer joint is all that’s left of Correo and Suwanee. How sad.

Submitted by: Samuel W McWhorter

Well now.  Based on the above, the community north of Route 6 has nothing to do with Correo & Suwanee.  But what is it?

I was using GE Street View, looking for the trading post & beer joint when I stumbled on this impressive gate that apparently leads to nothing.  We’re looking south on Old Route 66, just west of Route 6:

 GE SV highland meadows gate

Looks like Highland Meadows Estates never got off the ground.  So, of course, I Googled “Highland Meadows.”  Most of the websites had to do with real estate for sale, including one 337-acre lot for $2,361,380 ($7,000/acre), subdividable down to one-acre lots. 

I found a subdivision map that had all of the streets shown on StreetAtlas south of Route 6 and Old Route 66.  So these are wannabe streets that were never built!  But how about the little community north of Route 6 that was actually developed?

Well, I believe it is part of Highland Meadows and in fact has its own volunteer fire department!  From their website:

Highland Meadows Volunteer Fire Department

Welcome to Highland Meadows!

We are located in Laguna, New Mexico [the nearest actual town, 12 miles west of Highland Meadows].  About 35 miles west of Albuquerque on I-40 at exit 126 [the Route 6 exit off I-40].  We are a small community of about 250 families.  Our fire department was founded in 2000 and our station was built in 2003.  We are proud as a community for what we have built together.


So the community appears to be a somewhat ramshackle trailer park.  It actually has Street View coverage; here’s one of the nicer properties:

 GE SV highland meadows house

So, I continued my search for the bar & store that, according to the Ghosttowns article, was all that remained of Correo/Suwanee.  Well, I found the Wild Horse Mesa Bar, and I think that’s it.  Here’s a GE shot showing the bar’s location:

 GE 2 wild horse mesa bar map

And here’s a StreetView shot of the bar:

 GE SV wild horse bar

And I found this GE Panoramio shot (by Elisabeth Poscher) of the sign for the joint:

 pano elisabeth.poscher bar sign

See the mesa in the background?  One might think that it’s the Wild Horse Mesa, but it’s the Rodonda Mesa (translated as Round Mesa.)  Here’s a Street View shot of the Mesa, with a clue to its name:

 GE SV Mesa Rodonda

I’ll close with this Pano shot by Brian Dean, taken along Route 6 about 5 miles southwest of my landing:

 pano brian dean

Funny little post, eh?

That’ll do it.




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