Wednesday, September 28, 2011

At the Laguna Vista Saloon in Eagle Nest, NM

Well, the business is not just a saloon. It's also a restaurant and an old partially restored brothel from the 1890's. Built along the Santa Fe Trail, it was a busy place in the old wild west days as a stop halfway between Santa Fe and Raton. It was also apparently kind of infamous for the brothel there which attracted cowboys, miners, and probably an outlaw or two. Luckily the old building remains, still looking much as it did many years ago.

And ... oh yeah ... the place is said to be haunted.

On the day we were there, the bartender (manager?) took us on a tour of the old brothel rooms downstairs and upstairs.

And I have recently learned that the town was once known as Therma; the name was changed to Eagle Nest in the 1930s.

The Laguna Vista Saloon was an unexpected fun stop on our travel around the Enchanted Circle.

Low-hanging clouds near Eagle Nest:

The saloon:

The brothel:

The Restaurant:


Bag Blog said...

Back in the 70's we sometimes hung out at the Laguna Vista, but we called it the Looney.

Towanda said...

Lou, that's interesting. In the research I did for the post, it was sometimes referred to at the "Guney". Looks like the place has had various names.