Perfect Man Shrine – Columbus, NM

Good morning readers.  Thanks for coming by for a read this morning.

Someone during the 1960s built this, put up a small RV park with water and electrical connections around it, evidently for potential pilgrims.  It’s on the boundary between desert and Columbus, New Mexico.  I used to go hang around there most times when I’d visit Columbus for other reasons.  Never saw anyone there, though the shrine did have palm leaves fresh every time during the early 1990s.

But the RV park is grown up with cactus and creosote, doesn’t appear to have ever been used.  The power boxes are full of mud-dobber nests.  I’ve been thinking for some while about the place as a winter refuge.  I gather the place changed hands after someone died, the new owners live across the street and aren’t followers of Meyar Baba.  They work for USFS in Arizona several months a year. 

I was talking to one of the cats about the place last night when I was trying to sleep and she was trying to keep me from it by kneading her claws on my chest.  She likes the thought of it being somewhat remote, while having the potential for desert mice and lizards.  Probably fairly warm, too.  Suggested, once I get footloose, if something else doesn’t get in the way, that I try chasing down the current owners.  Try to get a feel for whether they’d take kindly to having someone park in there occasionally.

I’m thinking that cat might be onto something.

Old Jules

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18 responses to “Perfect Man Shrine – Columbus, NM

  1. If it hasn’t been used, there is probably no water or electric. Then it just becomes a place to boon-dock.

  2. I think it sounds perfect for a visit.. love that shrine.. c

  3. Cats are wise. It’s a fool who doesn’t at least consider their opinions.

  4. The Good Luck Duck

    What’s it like in Columbus in the winter?
    Cats are wise. It’s a fool who doesn’t at least consider their opinions.

    • The Good Luck Duck: The place isn’t far from the Continental Divide, but it’s comparatively low, temperatures mild for that part of the country. Dry unless it’s experiencing rainfall. Gracias, J

  5. Mighty interesting. Smart cat too.

  6. DON,T FORGET BALMORHEA STATE PARK SOUTH OF PECOS TEX ON I 10–BEAUTIFUL SPARKLING SPRINGS.

    USED TO SNORKEL THERE IN SUMMER. ALSO HOW ABOUT WHITE OAKS NM 12 MILES NE CARIZOZO. REVIVING GOLD MINING GHOST TOWN. BEST–K

    • Thanks for the reminder, Keith. I’ll probably swing by there. Almost certainly will check out White Oaks tailing piles for platinum if I get the opportunity. Gracias, Jack

  7. Stayed at Pancho Villa State Park in Columbus several times for a nominal fee. It’s really quite nice if you like living in a desert botanical garden. Palomas, Mexico is only three miles away and we used to go over there for entertainment before the days that you needed a passport to get back in the US. Disappointed that I missed this Shrine!

    • Hi Bev. Yeah, I’ve always bought my meds in Las Palomas when I was in the area. I’ve been wondering how it is now with all the new crackdowns on crossing the border and the violence on the Mexican side. Might buy myself some new eyeglasses down there anyway. These are getting so they don’t perform well. Gracias, J

  8. Interesting Shrine. Will have to check it out when I get down that way. I like your cat’s way of thinking. Especially about the desert mice. Should be some high protein meat there. Best of luck finding you can hang out there. I can tell Keith has hung out some of the places I have. Blessings.

    • Hi Mary: Keith’s an old Portales man, spent a lot of years in Clovis, then moved to Santa Fe for a while. Nowadays he’s somewhere in CA. He’s been around the block a few times. Gracias, J

  9. The opinion of a cat is always worth taking on board.

  10. I could think of a few other places to winter over besides Columbus but if Pancho Villa ain’t planned another raid anytime soon and the wind don’t pick up reckon it wouldn’t be too bad.

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