Wander aka StoneBear (wander) wrote in rural_ruin,
Wander aka StoneBear
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Old School, Colmor Ghost Town, NM

When I first saw this place, while exploring the Colmor, NM ghost town, I thought it had to be a church and the highest wall was the remains of a steeple. So when I was calling around to find out who owned the place and asking permission to go over the several barbed wire fences and see the old church, no one knew what I was talking about. But asking several people had gotten the right gears turning because soon, I got a call back from someone who knew the owner of the ranch that the town site now sits on. He told me it was actually an old school and he would let the owner know I would be going out there that day and not to shoot me. That's always nice. He also warned me not to go in the lower parts of the structure because there had been several floor cave-ins over the last several years. The last thing he told me before he hung up the phone was, "Watch out for snakes!" Turns out that was the best warning of all. When I got there, a late afternoon monsoon storm was hanging over the whole place. So I waited by my car for awhile to see if it would pass. It didn't, but it also wasn't raining or lightning yet so I decided to go on up. I figured I could either hide out in the ruins or make a mad dash back to my car if the storm started. going over the barbed wire fence separating me from my destination, I tore a hole in my jeans. Make that 6 pairs of jeans sacrificed to getting good photos of NM ghost towns. What struck me most about the school was how big it was. Most western town schools I've shot have been no bigger than two rooms, but this was obviously bigger than that. No one seems to know when the began or ended. though it is known a fire in the late 90's gutted the interior and brought down the roof. When I first saw the lower level rooms, I was going to go in but I tossed a rock in and could hear the ch-ch-ch-ch-ch of a rattlesnake so I left well enough alone.



Colmor Schoolhouse with gathering storm





I still think it looks like a church.



Native chunks of vesicular basalt imbeded in the adobe wall.



Main structure of the old school



Front corner



Personal touches above the doors



Front entrance. It was at the head of a long concrete driveway.



Broken brick lies everywhere



Lower walls are mostly intact



Stairway littered with brick



Upstairs entrance



Interior from above



Looking down the stairs



Panoramic view of the ghost town of Colmor from the school



Storm window



Inside walls from above



Charring on steps



Interior from below



Second building on the grounds



Curved steps



It felt like a movie set



look from the back



Windows on the world



Rear of main building. Window in upper center is where I was standing for the second story pix



Cistern out back



Rear stairs



Lower level rooms, home to rattlesnakes



Not much to see inside



The groundskeeper is not doing his job



Around the side



Outhouse out back



About to cave in



Adobe wall and school grounds



Ruins of 3rd building at the back of the grounds



Wall at rear of grounds



Main buildings from rear



Main interior from rear



What's left of second story



A look under the plaster



Metal encased window leading to lower rooms



Downstairs resident. Almost knocked me over when it flew out suddenly



Holding camera through metal encased window



I wonder if these were big picture windows



Front corner window and the last of the interior paint



Storm tower



Approaching sunset



Close-up on window treatment



One last look.



Enjoy,

Wander
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