Pie Town, New Mexico
Homesteader with dugout house in Pie Town, 1940 photograph by Russell Lee.
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Pie Town is an unincorporated community located along U.S. Highway 60 in Catron County, New Mexico. Its name comes from an early bakery for making dried-apple pies that was established by Clyde Norman here in the early 1920s. Pie Town is the location of a "Pie Festival" on the second Saturday of each September. Pie Town is also located immediately north of the Gila National Forest and not very far west of the Plains of San Augustin, the location of the Very Large Array radio telescope, which is also located along U.S. 60.
Pie Town and its people were photographed well by Russell Lee, a photographer for the Farm Security Administration of the U.S. Government, in 1940. Pie Town, Lee's photos, and the local restaurant "The Daily Pie Cafe" were the subject of an article in the Smithsonian Magazine in February 2005.
Pie Town is located along U.S. 60, about 100 miles (160 km) southwest of Albuquerque, N.M., and about 235 miles (378 km) east of Phoenix, Arizona, which provide access to the annual Pie Festival and to the Gila National Forest.
Other tourists arrive by way of the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail. For cyclists, equestrians, motorcyclists, and hikers, Pie Town provides a number of services including lodging, supplies and unique flavors of pie on request. In June 2007, three residents of Pie Town, Nita Larronde, Don Kearney, and Kathy Knapp, were awarded the Curry Trail Angel Award by the Adventure Cycling Association in recognition for their kindness and generosity.
The area of Pie Town is rich in relics of the Native Americans. Many Anasazi and Acoma pottery shards have been found in the area, along with grinding slicks, an ancient axe head, and petrified wood. Some fossilized bones have been found on the ground. The ruins of Native American communities, which consist of one to a few dozen structures are found here.
The Pie Town Annual Pie Festival includes a pie-baking contest, games and races, music, food, and arts and crafts.
Saying grace before the barbeque dinner, 1940
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- Pie Town Community Council
- Pie Town Annual Pie Festival
- Pie Town website
- Smithsonian Magazine: Savoring Pie Town