BBwizard From Alamo

United States

#462 Dec 13, 2008
Al Dente wrote:
Does anyone remeber Anthonys on 10th? Or big 8 where flowers is now. Hamilton Odell funeral home was on 10th also where pioneer bank is or was it where Jerry eazy tv is now? Not to long ago but i remeber those places when I was lil
It was where the Pioneer Bank is from looking at Google. I remember when it was just Hamilton Funeral Home - we used to steal the swinging "We give green stamps" signs from other stores (remember them?) and put it in front of there.

Also, does anyone go back far enough to remember the Coke bottling plant that was just NORTH of Flickenger Center - about mid 1950's. They had a glass front window where you could watch the bottles run on the conveyor. It's some big office-looking building now. And Flickenger center was Sierra Theater. I remember those nice old LARGE single-screen days.
BBwizard From Alamo

United States

#463 Dec 13, 2008
The Gryphon wrote:
I first came to Alamogordo back in 1954, at age 6, to live with my grandparents. Grandad worked at Stanley's (hardware & lumber - it used to take up most of that area on the southwest corner of 10th & Pennsylvania Ave - now White Sands Blvd.) Grandfather finally quit Stanley's to open his own Hardware/Lumber store in Tularosa.
Sometimes, when he had to work on a Saturday morning, he would take me to work with him. I'd ride the bicycles around in the parking lot, or walk over to the duck pond that was part of the entrance to the Park.
I remember him taking me to the Wagon Wheel Cafe on Pennsylvania Avenue for coffee. They'd serve the cream in tiny glass bottles about an inch high with cardboard tops which was MY treat since he didn't use cream in his coffee.
I remember French Fries for lunch from Woolworth's on New York, and Spud Nuts (best doughnuts I've ever eaten!) Grandmother lived on Dewey Lane, and would send me to Overton's Grocery for something she forgot to get from Piggly Wiggly.
That big pink building on White Sands was originally a hotel to house folks passing through on the Train (which used to stop in Alamogordo!) Back in the olden days, The Plaza (north east corner of Pennsylvania Ave and 10th) was the ONLY place in town that sold booze. That way the RailRoad and Stanley's could keep an eye on employees....
Grace Methodist Church used to be a big, brick building on 10th (where First National is now, I think.) I remember how steep the steps were to go into the sanctuary. Grandparents often took me to lunch after Church - what a treat! Sometimes to Lester's, or the Chinese Dragon, or the Desert Air restaurant, and sometimes up to "Nob Hill" up in the center of Ruidoso.
I remember the School Bell (for Jr. High kids) and the Tiger Den (for High schoolers.) Back in those days there was only ONE High School and ONE Jr High for 7-9th grades. I was in the first "class" of Chapparral - before the new buildings were built. Had to go to class in the afternoon, while the "Alamo High" went in the mornings! Baby Boomers - too many of us!
Son and Daughter-in-law still live in Alamo, and sent me this link so I could enjoy the memories, too. Thanks!
Gryphon, I probably knew you. We came in 1954, too and I, too was in the first Chaparral class - split-shift school, Central & Chaparral (my mom was the librarian and worked half of each shift). Whenever I got in trouble the teachers would send me straight to her for swats.

I had totally forgotten the Wagon Wheel and the cream bottles. What fun to recall this old stuff.

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Since: Oct 08

Alamogordo

#464 Dec 13, 2008
Jack Wheeler's on New York ave., Woolworth's on NY ave had that wonderful wooden floor and lunch counter. The hut owned by the Sullivan's on 10th and College. Clif's original barbershop 10th and college, danley's on Pennsylvania and 10th, Sweetbriar on NY ave, Karls shoe store, the Fair store with the horse out front, Brunell's, JC Penny on NY with the show window that always had hats in it and the purses right when you walked into the doors. The Warehouse that the Rottmans owned after they left the Teen Center. The teen center every weekend where they always had a local band on friday's and saturdays. The backdoor saloon. That house on college ave across from chaparral that had the oriental roof. The old Central School, Royal stamp store, the big nice house on 7th and College ave with the white fence all around. The drive in movie theater on the el paso highway and the other one on the holloman highway. the water fountain up by cloudcroft where every one got their "spring water" until it had to be shut down because of contamination. Alfie's fish and chips. the original swimming pool on oregon with the high and low dive and the 12 ft. water. The original Sun World Gym on washington ave.

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Since: Oct 08

Alamogordo

#465 Dec 13, 2008
I think Woolworth's is a nostalgic favorite. Sproutz-Reitz used to be where the appliance store is now,across from the old Piggly Wiggly. Remember Mott's 5 and 10? The original Plaza Restaurant. I remember seeing the train come through town, too, Gryphon, and the passenger's silhouettes in the round windows.

I got her in 1954 too, and am 9 months shy of being a NM Native.

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Since: Oct 08

Alamogordo

#466 Dec 13, 2008
BBwizard From Alamo wrote:
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It was where the Pioneer Bank is from looking at Google. I remember when it was just Hamilton Funeral Home - we used to steal the swinging "We give green stamps" signs from other stores (remember them?) and put it in front of there.
Also, does anyone go back far enough to remember the Coke bottling plant that was just NORTH of Flickenger Center - about mid 1950's. They had a glass front window where you could watch the bottles run on the conveyor. It's some big office-looking building now. And Flickenger center was Sierra Theater. I remember those nice old LARGE single-screen days.
Yep. I remember that coke plant and the bottles just moving down the conveyor belt in the window. Those good old glass bottles. I went to the Sierra Movie Theater to see my first movie and remember those big curving entrance ways made out of stucco right before you entered the downstairs seating. The cry room was always an interesting concept. As teenagers, it was always scandalous when couples would sneak in there. They have the stones from the old Mullins-Hamilton home in at least one place in town - the park. Speaking of the park, remember those big, high swings they had there. You could swing high enough to touch the branches of the old cottonwoods.

Since: Aug 08

Alamogordo

#467 Dec 13, 2008
Home Sweet Home wrote:
If anyone mentioned this one, excuse me for repeating it...Does anyone remember the Wenchels donut shop where Pizza Hut is on 10th?
OR
The Frostee right next to Fitzgeralds on Scenic & 10th, SAME OWNERS~
OR
The Burger Chef where basking Robins is now....
I may be wrong but I don't think it was the frostee...the fitzgeralds owned Mr. Swiss.

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Since: Jan 08

You're not that important

#468 Dec 13, 2008
Someone Who Cares In Tx wrote:
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I may be wrong but I don't think it was the frostee...the fitzgeralds owned Mr. Swiss.
Hmmm, I can think of two people who lived in Alamogordo but now live in Flower Mound. Could you possibly be one of them?(mother and daughter, both dear to my heart...)
Neat Stuff

United States

#469 Dec 14, 2008
Home Sweet Home wrote:
If anyone mentioned this one, excuse me for repeating it...Does anyone remember the Wenchels donut shop where Pizza Hut is on 10th?
OR
The Frostee right next to Fitzgeralds on Scenic & 10th, SAME OWNERS~
OR
The Burger Chef where basking Robins is now....
The Frostee was locate next to Jerrys appliance on 10th. Street. The Pappas family owned it. Great Tocos and Burritos.

Since: Jan 08

Alamogordo,,now

#470 Dec 14, 2008
We got stationed at Holloman almost 30 years ago...and a lot has changed in that time. I love reading about things that were before my time here.....so interesting!
I remember when the Mall opened, what a big deal that was! I also remember when it had stores....:-)
dumbfounded

Albuquerque, NM

#471 Dec 14, 2008
Seems like 1954 was the popular year. I was born here in that year. Bet we all know each other, probably related haha. Such fun memories. I loved when you could cruise the park,drive back and forth trying to impress the guys.

Since: Aug 08

Alamogordo

#472 Dec 14, 2008
Fed Up in NM wrote:
<quoted text>Hmmm, I can think of two people who lived in Alamogordo but now live in Flower Mound. Could you possibly be one of them?(mother and daughter, both dear to my heart...)
Well you have to give me a hint.. all 3 daughters and hubby live with me. Sons are still in Alamo. And if it is you, that was such a sweet thing to say.

“Get over yourself...”

Since: Jan 08

You're not that important

#473 Dec 14, 2008
Someone Who Cares In Tx wrote:
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Well you have to give me a hint.. all 3 daughters and hubby live with me. Sons are still in Alamo. And if it is you, that was such a sweet thing to say.
I guess you weren't who I was thinking of. Imagine the odds of two families moving from Alamo to Flower Mound.
The family I knew was just the mother and daughter. The daughter and I have been friends since elementary. We both graduated in '86.
Nice to meet you, BTW.

Since: Aug 08

Alamogordo

#474 Dec 14, 2008
Fed Up in NM wrote:
<quoted text>I guess you weren't who I was thinking of. Imagine the odds of two families moving from Alamo to Flower Mound.
The family I knew was just the mother and daughter. The daughter and I have been friends since elementary. We both graduated in '86.
Nice to meet you, BTW.
Well you are right, not us, lol. I graduated in 80. At least your friend moved to an awesome city, lol. It is really nice here. I love Alamo, but.... I think I will just visit :)

“Get over yourself...”

Since: Jan 08

You're not that important

#475 Dec 14, 2008
Someone Who Cares In Tx wrote:
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Well you are right, not us, lol. I graduated in 80. At least your friend moved to an awesome city, lol. It is really nice here. I love Alamo, but.... I think I will just visit :)
I don't blame you! Have a great day!

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Since: Oct 08

Alamogordo

#476 Dec 14, 2008
I remember cruising the park. It was risky business, too. The stories I could tell about that place. I wasn't a regular there, I'd cruise Burger Time and the old A&W. That Sonic out on White Sands was built after I left in 72. Remember the Luttrell car lot that later turned into Norm Arnolds? Wayne Luttrell's wife lived in a nice home behind the business for a long time. How about Opal's? We'd cruise 10th street,too. Usually, I'd have several good looking girls in the back of my truck while we'd cruise. The old Taco Bell, when it had the fire pit in front? We roasted marshmallows on that.

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Since: Oct 08

Alamogordo

#477 Dec 14, 2008
Oh, yea. Tastee Freeze across from Dill's market. That Tastee Freeze had a faded purple neon sign in the shape of a big ice cream cone with the curly do-dad on the top. You could get a vanilla cone dipped in chocolate and it had the two ice cream cone kids....my gosh, it's sounds like I'm hallucinating or something. Someone else better remember this stuff!
dumbfounded

Albuquerque, NM

#478 Dec 15, 2008
My mom worked at Opals, had to be there by 6am to open and get ready for the night shift from Presto Their 7am was like our 5pm Happyhour. I remember that Tastee Freeze across from Dill's even have a picture of a bunch of us in front of it. Now I gotta go dig thru the boxes to find it lol

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Since: Oct 08

Alamogordo

#479 Dec 15, 2008
dumbfounded wrote:
My mom worked at Opals, had to be there by 6am to open and get ready for the night shift from Presto Their 7am was like our 5pm Happyhour. I remember that Tastee Freeze across from Dill's even have a picture of a bunch of us in front of it. Now I gotta go dig thru the boxes to find it lol
Could you tell me if I remembered it correctly after you look at the picture. For some reason, that purple neon cone with the dippy top has stayed in my mind.

Since: Dec 08

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#480 Dec 15, 2008
Wicky Stick wrote:
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Could you tell me if I remembered it correctly after you look at the picture. For some reason, that purple neon cone with the dippy top has stayed in my mind.
Wicky Stick, help me out. I lived there two different times, growing up (54-65 - class of '65) and as an adult (77-92), and sometimes things from different times get mixed.

As far back as I can remember, Dills was in the arch-front building (now Dave's Guns on Google), and Safeway was in the big building across at 10th/Washington. I remember my grandmother having a wreck in the Safeway parking lot back sometime in 1966. I don't remember the Tastee Freeze in that area, or the purple sign, so maybe that was after my time. The Tastee Freeze I remember was in the building next to Jerry's TV (then Sherwin Williams) across from the old Jr Hi between Virginia and Texas. I do remember it closed and changed to something else, but don't remember what or when. Then again, the Lowe's area was just a parking lot in both my Alamogordo days' and City Hall was in the old Central Jr Hi building when I lived there in 77-92.

It's hard to separate the memories by date range, I still fondly remember the Kachina Kitchen at the mall and their Navajo Tacos (77-92 timeline). Sad to hear that the mall has become so "nothing".

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Since: Oct 08

Alamogordo

#481 Dec 15, 2008
BBwizard From Alamo wrote:
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Wicky Stick, help me out. I lived there two different times, growing up (54-65 - class of '65) and as an adult (77-92), and sometimes things from different times get mixed.
As far back as I can remember, Dills was in the arch-front building (now Dave's Guns on Google), and Safeway was in the big building across at 10th/Washington. I remember my grandmother having a wreck in the Safeway parking lot back sometime in 1966. I don't remember the Tastee Freeze in that area, or the purple sign, so maybe that was after my time. The Tastee Freeze I remember was in the building next to Jerry's TV (then Sherwin Williams) across from the old Jr Hi between Virginia and Texas. I do remember it closed and changed to something else, but don't remember what or when. Then again, the Lowe's area was just a parking lot in both my Alamogordo days' and City Hall was in the old Central Jr Hi building when I lived there in 77-92.
It's hard to separate the memories by date range, I still fondly remember the Kachina Kitchen at the mall and their Navajo Tacos (77-92 timeline). Sad to hear that the mall has become so "nothing".
Dills is where a church is now, across from Ayla's, I think. The arched building used to be Rolland's drug store, where, by the way, I used to work. Ed Berkler was the pharmacist then and prior to that, Mr. Moyer was the pharmacist. The Safeway was originally on Cuba Ave., which is now also a church. The building is that big one behind the new Gas Company, kind of where Mr. Charles Salon of Beauty used to be. My God, Mr. Charles! I hadn't thought about that place since forever. The Safeway then moved to where Alamogordo Physical Therapy is. At least, I think I've got it straight.

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