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Socorro

Socorro--meaning "help" or "aid" because the Spaniards, while making the trek along Joranda del Muerto, were given food and water by the Piro Indians in 1598.  This building, across from the plaza, looks like it may have been a store or drugstore at one time; currently, its the Chamber of Commerce.  Notice the Masonic symbol at the top of the building. 

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The plaza in Socorro.  Socorro is located about 70 miles south of Albuquerque along I-25.  

 
 

The Loma Theater with only one screen (remember those?).  Opened in 1940 at 107 Manzanares Ave with 378 seats.  The theater was destroyed by a fire in 1956 while showing "The Day the World Ended".  Patrons smelled smoke twenty-minutes before they were evacuated; cost to rebuild the theater was $50,000.  Did the movie-goers get a refund?

 
An advertisement from the past--located across the street from the Loma Theater. 
The remains of the Sierra Vista Drive-in on the southern-edge of Socorro.  Open from 1955 to 1985 and owned by Gibraltar Enterprises.  Photo taken 04/03/2010. 
 

The movie screen is in remarkable condition--the same can't be said for the projection and concessions building.  Plants have overgrown the grounds--interspersed among the vegetation are the old speaker poles.

 
Socorro also figures in the UFO lore of New Mexico:  On April 24 1964, police officer Lonnie Zamora witnessed an egg-shaped craft land; the case reportedly had a lot of evidence.  Unlike Roswell, Socorro doesn't appear to have made its alien-encounter into a tourism gimmick. This is the dirt road and the ravine where Lonnie Zamora saw the strange, oval or egg-shaped craft in April, 1964.  The craft landed in the ravine to the left; his patrol car was stopped on top of the rise.  

In this photo, a memorial to the Lonnie Zamora UFO incident. 

 

Another UFO encounter was experienced by Barney Barnett, who lived in Socorro not far from the Zamora landing site.  Barnett told the story that in 1947, he happened upon a crashed flying saucer with dead and dying aliens onboard--the craft had slammed into the desert on the Plains of San Agustin (about 50 miles east of Socorro), where Barnett was doing survey work for the water district at the time.