Echoes of the past still haunt Pojoaque's Line Camp

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Photo: Candido Valdez, right, opened the Pojoaque Tavern, seen here in the 1950s, in 1936.
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Kathy Capron Tully

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Jun 8, 2009
 
I grew up in Pojoaque in the 60's and 70's, went to Pojoaque Elementary...The Red Rooster (El Gallo Rojo) Al's Drug Store, where I rode my horse...and then bought my first Beatles 45 record. Lots of good memories growing up in "the Valley"...my parents Ruth and Rody Capron were involved in the community. My Dad owned Ponca Pontiac in Espanola..hmmmm...I have also heard the legend...Good place, good people.

“NM Desert Rat”

Since: Mar 08

Elephant Butte, N.M.

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Jun 8, 2009
 
Thank you for sharing this well written article. It is refreshing to read pieces like this. Hope to see more in the future.
Katherine Guidry

Albuquerque, NM

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Jun 8, 2009
 
I think it took me a full year to learn how to say Pojoaque back in the mid 1970's and I learned a lot about the Northern New Mexico culture from my experiences at the Line Camp..

...best to you Roman...hope you have many more good years.

Katherine Guidry (greenwood)

Since: Sep 08

Santa Fe

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Jun 8, 2009
 

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Them was the dayz. How many times did I get sheet faced and drive back to Santa Fe.
Never got stopped, never drove on the wrong side of the road. Man we were good.
The Taj Mahal Concert was the best.
Nice

Albuquerque, NM

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Jun 8, 2009
 
My grandmother lived in Pojoaque. When I was 7 and 8 years old, we went on the bus from Santa Fe to Pojoaque to her home. I have memories of that place that are so wonderful. My father worked as a bartender at the bar also. When a memeory like this is refreshed, it makes you both sad and happy. Those were good times.
Ann

Cedar Crest, NM

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Jun 8, 2009
 
I remember it as the Apache Night Club. I was too young to go into the place but I always heard stories of what an entertaining place it was! In the 80's, I danced to Los Lobos and Flaco - jam packed, no fights, everyone having a good time.
Davasha now in Houston

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OMG, I lived in El Rancho for several years. My first cooking job was at the Pojoaque Truck Stop'
Anyone rememeber that one?
When the Line Camp opened, my brother C.J.[now gone in the great smoke pipe in the sky] real name Jim Stalarow.Anyway, I was the Hostess with the Mostess. What a wonderful memory. All the great name that played there, some still around, and I go see them when they are in town. Now, I'am an Exec. Chef with no job. But memory's never die.

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Jun 8, 2009
 
"There's a local ballad about an elegant stranger appearing at The Line Camp on Good Friday and dancing with the women until someone noticed his cloven hooves. His true identity revealed, the devil allegedly jumped out a window, leaving burn marks on the window sill."

Now this elegant stranger appears on Good Friday at Reds in EspaƱola. LOL

Since: Oct 08

Santa Fe

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Jun 8, 2009
 
Had some great times at the Line Camp. I still miss it. Great article.
Joe Schmoe

Isleta, NM

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Jun 8, 2009
 
Too bad someone hasn't thought of re-opening it as a club or restaurant...
Littlesis

Walnut Creek, CA

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Jun 8, 2009
 
I was born and raised in the Pojoaque area. I remember all the wedding receptions that my family and friends had over the years there. If the receptions weren't there, they were at the SPMDTU Hall or the Parish Hall. In fact, I had my wedding reception there. My dad owned the gas station (gone) down the frontage road. Over the years, Pojoaque has changed so much, even the school system has gone down the drain. It use to be one of the best places to live where everybody knew everybody.

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Laguna Beach/Santa Fe

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Jun 8, 2009
 
Danced all night long to Asleep at the Wheel at the Line Camp. Another time, two of my roommates (girls) got 86ed from the joint for fighting (while the Ozone Express was playing). Oh well.

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Jun 8, 2009
 
OMG, I lived in El Rancho for several years. My first cooking job was at the Pojoaque Truck Stop'
Anyone rememeber that one?
When the Line Camp opened, my brother C.J.[now gone in the great smoke pipe in the sky] real name Jim Stalarow.Anyway, I was the Hostess with the Mostess. What a wonderful memory. All the great name that played there, some still around, and I go see them when they are in town. Now, I'am an Exec. Chef with no job. But memory's never die.

Do you mean "Stucky's?" I hope you find good employment. Executive chef, wow! My hats off to you.
Judge Roy Bean

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Jun 8, 2009
 
After working at the Opera, we used to tool out there and get rowdy. The artists went into SF and the techs went to Line Camp etc...Sometimes Tiny's too.
Flower child

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Jun 8, 2009
 
I went to the Line Camp for years and then my company Sabrosa Productions started booking groups there from Texas such as Gary P. Nunn, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Jerry Jeff Walker and Flaco Jimenez. We booked Taj Mahal too. It was a great place to hear music, visit with friends and dance and there has never been a place in Santa Fe that compares to what happened at the Line Camp. We never minded the drive. I also photographed the shows for history's sake.
Those were the days

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It's so sad that the days when there was actually nightlife in and around Santa Fe are long gone and all but a memory!!!
Chico

Santa Fe, NM

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Jun 8, 2009
 
Flower child wrote:
I went to the Line Camp for years and then my company Sabrosa Productions started booking groups there from Texas such as Gary P. Nunn, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Jerry Jeff Walker and Flaco Jimenez. We booked Taj Mahal too. It was a great place to hear music, visit with friends and dance and there has never been a place in Santa Fe that compares to what happened at the Line Camp. We never minded the drive. I also photographed the shows for history's sake.
I'd love to see those photos. I saw Los Lobos there. Went to several wedding receptions there as well. It was a great place.
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Jun 8, 2009
 
PC Chavez wrote:
OMG, I lived in El Rancho for several years. My first cooking job was at the Pojoaque Truck Stop'
Anyone rememeber that one?
When the Line Camp opened, my brother C.J.[now gone in the great smoke pipe in the sky] real name Jim Stalarow.Anyway, I was the Hostess with the Mostess. What a wonderful memory. All the great name that played there, some still around, and I go see them when they are in town. Now, I'am an Exec. Chef with no job. But memory's never die.
Do you mean "Stucky's?" I hope you find good employment. Executive chef, wow! My hats off to you.
Man I miss the Stucky's by Camel Rock....Pecan Turtles and Ice cream and the funny **** that passed for "Southwestern" Is the Stucky's still there in 'Burque on the west side off Rio Puerco? I haven't been down that way in a while.
James Trujillo_ABQ

Albuquerque, NM

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Jun 8, 2009
 
I remember going to the Line Camp and seeing actress Jessica Lange and actor Sam Elliot dancing up a storm. The place was rustic, rowdy, and quaint; if that makes any sense.
Davasha now in Houston

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Jun 8, 2009
 
OK all you Flower Children [incocnito of coarse]
Who are you? were you the at the beggining?
And to M Chantez , when I worked at the P. Truck Stop, it was way befor 'Stuckey's.
It was the only Truck Stop between Taos, and Santa Fe.
I'am not to old to want everything I got at that age. So young in spirit. Don't look too bad either.

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