History to go up in smoke

History to go up in smoke

There are 19 comments on the Farmington Daily Times story from Aug 15, 2008, titled History to go up in smoke. In it, Farmington Daily Times reports that:

Fire will end the saga of a Flora Vista building that hosted Country and Western musicians the caliber of Mickey Gilley and Jimmy Watson.

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former new mexican

Albuquerque, NM

#2 Aug 15, 2008
you forgot to mention Vi and John Grisolano that had the bar and dance hall in the early , early years and was ran with greatness and a lot of us old ones danced till dawn there....
Kurt

United States

#3 Aug 15, 2008
Remember the Trough Restaurant well, great food.

I'll bring the Marshmallows
C Giles

United States

#4 Aug 15, 2008
I grew up here, and that nasty old building has been an eye sore forever! The broken homes and ruined lives that resulted from the lifestyle that went on under that roof are uncalculatable! Before it was the "Country Palace" it was the "Midway" and something else before that. How appropriate that it should burn. I say "Burn baby Burn"!

“Polymath”

Since: Jul 08

Farmington

#5 Aug 15, 2008
I used to work at the Trough as a broiler's assistant. Later in life I became a corporate chef thanks to the skills I learned there. Now I'm on my fourth career, but I sure do have fond memories of that place.

The crew used to go out back behind the building after closing and drain the half-empty wine bottles left by the customers. Ah, the 70's.

I also took my prom date there to eat.

So long, CP and The Trough, progress waits for no one.
Fox Tails politician

United States

#6 Aug 15, 2008
Wheww! Now all my fellow politicians from NM and CO can relax. The DNA evidence will be destroyed. I bet a bunch of the local sky pilots are breathing a sigh of relief also. I almost forgot the relief that most tool hands and company men are feeling. I hope no one contacts PETA about the billion crabs that will perish.
LadyD

Newton, KS

#8 Aug 15, 2008
My parents used to go dance there, they took us there for supper a few times. I believe I went there for a male review (Chip n Dales)for my 18th birthday in 92.

It is always sad to see History destroyed, but we must move forward.
what da funk

Hobbs, NM

#9 Aug 15, 2008
Dang, that sucks, they should have turned it in to a Hooters, or another Gentlemans Club. Country Palace......you will be missed!!!!!!

“Have no regrets ”

Since: Aug 08

Somewhere

#11 Aug 15, 2008
I too will miss the Country Palace and the Trough. Lots of good memories, some good, some not so pleasant but with the shape the building is in burning it down is really the only way to go....
Hillbilly

Albuquerque, NM

#12 Aug 15, 2008
I have only lived in this area for 10 years therefore, I only have seen the building as a shaker bar. In light of my perspective, it sounds like the crab boil starts at 0630.
- the preceding post was for the entertainment of the blogger only. If any feelers were hurt, please develope a sense on humor or , rant on the bloggers lack of the ability to spell.
Ironyman

Rio Rancho, NM

#13 Aug 15, 2008
The Trough had pretty good food, compared to what was (is) available in the area. It did have "atmosphere"
and a wait staff that really hustled to provide good service. They kept the lights dim to conceal the grime
on the walls. Never could gather the courage to try the $37.50 PBJ.

Loyal patrons of FoxTails are now forced to become REAL men and develop relationships with REAL women or spend
their disposable income on internet porn.

The irony is, burning this building will put more hazardous waste into the local atmosphere in ONE DAY than
Desert Rock will in ONE YEAR.
duststorm

Texas City, TX

#17 Aug 15, 2008
Ironyman wrote:
The Trough had pretty good food, compared to what was (is) available in the area. It did have "atmosphere"
and a wait staff that really hustled to provide good service. They kept the lights dim to conceal the grime
on the walls. Never could gather the courage to try the $37.50 PBJ.
Loyal patrons of FoxTails are now forced to become REAL men and develop relationships with REAL women or spend
their disposable income on internet porn.
The irony is, burning this building will put more hazardous waste into the local atmosphere in ONE DAY than
Desert Rock will in ONE YEAR.
I hope no one gets the bright idea to bring their children to this spectacle. The toxic chemicals, asbestos,wood preservatives, synthetic materials, cleaning supplies, crackling away in a Hank Williams honkytonk holocaust.
Sure Shot

United States

#18 Aug 15, 2008
Glad to see the place go up in flames. So long to Greedy Reedy and Phoney Joanies trash.
RogueWarrior1957

Grand Junction, CO

#19 Aug 15, 2008
The old Midway Bar was the first "establishment" I was ever in. The place has both good and bad memories. I lost a good friend due to not [us] drinking responsibly at the Country Palace many years ago. It steered me away from hanging out in those places. Self-guilt is a great drinking deterrent, but an awful companion.

So, I suppose that the air quality will go down big time since they have chosen to burn the place. I would think that burning would be an environmentally unfriendly way to dispose of an unwanted building. The smoke will hang in the air for days, as well as a putrid stench. What kind of toxins will be released in the conflagration of carpet materials and heaven knows what else? I'm sure we will all survive, and as mentioned earlier, the building is quite an eyesore these days.

It will be much better to have a supermarket there instead of!
the man

United States

#20 Aug 16, 2008
this place is nasty im glad its being destroyed it was great to watch such a great fire!

“Polymath”

Since: Jul 08

Farmington

#23 Aug 17, 2008
RogueWarrior1957 wrote:
The old Midway Bar was the first "establishment" I was ever in. The place has both good and bad memories. I lost a good friend due to not [us] drinking responsibly at the Country Palace many years ago. It steered me away from hanging out in those places. Self-guilt is a great drinking deterrent, but an awful companion.
So, I suppose that the air quality will go down big time since they have chosen to burn the place. I would think that burning would be an environmentally unfriendly way to dispose of an unwanted building. The smoke will hang in the air for days, as well as a putrid stench. What kind of toxins will be released in the conflagration of carpet materials and heaven knows what else? I'm sure we will all survive, and as mentioned earlier, the building is quite an eyesore these days.
It will be much better to have a supermarket there instead of!
*click* REspect for RogueWarriorr1957 goes up a notch.

Good posting dude.
its just me

Albuquerque, NM

#24 Aug 17, 2008
do you know when Joe Nicoles was 17 he played at that bar and Horneys in Durango!!! In an interview Joe said that was the worst place he ever played at. He'll be here Sept 10th wonder what he will think now???
your friend Joe it's gone for good yeah!!!!!!!!!
Liz Attebery

Branford, CT

#25 Feb 1, 2009
I will always treasure memories of the Country Palace, where everyone seemed to have a good time, despite the thick cloud of smoke hanging overhead. I miss two-stepping, waltzing, Cotton-Eye Joeing and hearing the old country songs belted out with gusto.

“"I'm worst at what I do best"”

Since: Jan 09

Farmington

#26 Feb 1, 2009
Ironyman wrote:
The irony is, burning this building will put more hazardous waste into the local atmosphere in ONE DAY than
Desert Rock will in ONE YEAR.
And why do I have the feeling that is complete BS?

I hadn't been through Flora Vista in a while and when I noticed that place was gone it was definitely a "good riddance" moment.
Carol Wuerl

Kennewick, WA

#29 Oct 10, 2014
Sad to hear this news. I worked for Owens Fiberglass in 1980-81, when we were building the San Juan Power Plant. Our company employees would have dinner there, every Friday or more. Fond memories of the Gulf Shrimp and Service was superb!

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