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Sunday, February 17, 2013

The Pie Town Fair Barbecue of 1940

Pie Town, peacefully resting in Catron County, New Mexico was apparently founded as follows: Sometime in the early 1920's, Mr. Clyde Norman, a tall Texan and World War 1 veteran who "liked to bake", "broke down" on the side of the road and began making dried apple pies at his upstart business on a piece of ground that lay along a little rocky ridge and the "Coast to Coast Highway" later to become U.S. 60. The word got around that the best pies anywhere were to be found at "Pie Town" hence the name Pie Town.

In 1940, near the end of the Great Depression and just before the dawn of the United States' entry into World War II, a photographer named Russell Lee, an itinerant, government photographer employed by funds from Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal, captured stirring photographs of the people of Pie Town. The images he captured are nothing less than national treasures. Here, I post some of the photos of the Pie Town Fair Barbecue of 1940 made available by the Library of Congress. The photographs need no commentary. The images tell the story better than any words ever could.


The Pie Town Community Church
Harvesting Corn
Main Street, Pie Town
Starting the Fires
Pinto Beans: Pie Town's Main Crop in 1940
Giving Thanks Before The Barbecue Meal
Slicing the Pies!
Serving up Pinto Beans
Barbecue Being Served
A Homesteader Feeding His Daughter at the Barbecue
The Crowd Enjoying the Barbecue
A Homesteader and his Children Enjoying the Barbecue

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