Pie Town, New Mexico

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Pie Town, New Mexico
unincorporated community
Homesteader with dugout house in Pie Town, 1940 photograph by Russell Lee.
Homesteader with dugout house in Pie Town, 1940 photograph by Russell Lee.
Motto: America's Friendliest Little Town
Pie Town is located in New Mexico
Pie Town
Pie Town
Location within New Mexico
Coordinates: 34°17′54″N 108°08′05″W / 34.298333°N 108.134722°W / 34.298333; -108.134722Coordinates: 34°17′54″N 108°08′05″W / 34.298333°N 108.134722°W / 34.298333; -108.134722
Country United States
State New Mexico
County Catron County
Area
 • Total 57.3 sq mi (148.4 km2)
 • Land 57.3 sq mi (148.3 km2)
 • Water 0.04 sq mi (0.1 km2)
Elevation 7,778 ft (2,371 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 186
 • Density 3/sq mi (1.3/km2)
Time zone MST (UTC-7)
 • Summer (DST) MDT (UTC-6)
ZIP code 87827
Area code(s) 575
Website www.pietown.com

Pie Town is an unincorporated community and census-designated place located along U.S. Highway 60 in Catron County, New Mexico, United States. As of the 2010 census it had a population of 186.[1] 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 has been noted for its colorful place name.[2] Pie Town is the location of a "Pie Festival" on the second Saturday of each September.[3] Pie Town is also located immediately north of the Gila National Forest and not very far west of the Plains of San Agustin, the location of the Very Large Array radio telescope, which is also located along U.S. 60. In addition, one of the ten large radio antennas that form the Very Long Baseline Array of the National Radio Astronomy Observatory can be seen from U.S. 60 just east of Pie Town.

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 Smithsonian magazine in February 2005.[4]

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Pie Town is located along U.S. 60, 83 miles (134 km) west of Socorro, New Mexico, and about 290 miles (470 km) east of Phoenix, Arizona.[5][6] Albuquerque is 136 miles (219 km) to the northeast by other highways.

The center of Pie Town is just 2 miles (3 km) west of where US 60 crosses the Continental Divide, and some visitors 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.[7]

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.[8]

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