Echoes of the past still haunt Pojoaq...

Echoes of the past still haunt Pojoaque's Line Camp

There are 42 comments on the The Santa Fe New Mexican story from Jun 7, 2009, titled Echoes of the past still haunt Pojoaque's Line Camp. In it, The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that:

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

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Davasha now in Houston

Texas City, TX

#21 Jun 8, 2009
I mean Chavez [sorry] told ya' about the holes in my head.
Kathy Capron Tully

Boulder, CO

#22 Jun 8, 2009
I am Kathy Capron...I lived in Jaconito...just past the Red Rooster. Went to Pojoaque...then Santa Fe High 1968. What a magical place to grow up..good, good people....Age of Aquarius. My parents rented an apartment to the Opera people..they were great and so gifted. I grew up with the old Santa Fe Opera, before it burned down...worked there actually. Al Fike used to play at the Red Rooster. When I moved to Colorado he was at a small club here in was surreal. La Mesita (the Stovers ran green chili cheeseburgers EVER) Just a simple, good, peaceful life...but then was the "60s in Santa Fe...Bitchin' Man.
til closing time

Austin, TX

#23 Jun 8, 2009
Kathy, you should read/add to the "Memory Lane" thread. Was your brother a bartender at Bourbon and Blues?
Kathy Capron Tully

Boulder, CO

#24 Jun 9, 2009
til closing time wrote:
Kathy, you should read/add to the "Memory Lane" thread. Was your brother a bartender at Bourbon and Blues?
Yes..RG. Do you know him?
Almost local

Espanola, NM

#25 Jun 9, 2009
Remember the Line Camp because my husband was a security guard there during the 70's through the 80's. I think they had some wild times there on occasion.
til closing time

Little Elm, TX

#26 Jun 9, 2009
Kathy Capron Tully wrote:
<quoted text>
Yes..RG. Do you know him?
RG and Wink were the best bartenders at Bourbon & Blues. Rugby players too, and of course serious college students. I'm sure they're both doing well!

Line Camp was lots of fun, great music, all good people, plenty of dancing space. But B & B was the real Santa Fe bar.
R Warren

United States

#27 Jun 9, 2009
This is the New Mexico that is what people search for and the wealthy new agers have destroyed!
Davasha now in Houston

Texas City, TX

#28 Jun 9, 2009
It's a shame you have to have a lot of cash now. I remember when the Compound in El Rancho, had several little [some not so little] homes overlooking the Sante Fe Mountains on one side and the Los Almos Mts. on the other side.
Some of my best memories of my life.
I was a little bit 'BAD', but God I had a good time.
Robert Braunig

Houston, TX

#29 Jun 9, 2009
My wife Fran and I frequented The Line Camp,
when we lived in Pojaque in 1977 and have many happy memories of listening to music and visiting with friends. I remember most of one particular evening when the bartender (bless her heart), made a French Connection for me with 2 oz. of Amaretto and 4 oz. of Cognac. What happened after that I'm not too sure.
LA Girl

Yorba Linda, CA

#30 Jun 9, 2009
I grew up in Nambe and remember going to several weddings at Candido's as a child and then as a young adult seeing bands at the Line Camp. One night my girlfriends and I met the band with Three Dog Night - great times and a nice memory
Almost local

Espanola, NM

#31 Jun 9, 2009
Those were the days wrote:
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!!!
Really! You think there is no nightlife worth going to in Santa Fe anymore?
Local SF Guy

Albuquerque, NM

#32 Jun 9, 2009
Almost local wrote:
<quoted text>
Really! You think there is no nightlife worth going to in Santa Fe anymore?
Fom what I see.... nothing like the glory days of the 60" & 70's. Far far fewer rules back then. Far more friendly. Dancing to country swing and R&B and rancheros and rock & roll. Not techno or rap like today. Boots and Jeans vs GQ dress-upers. A completely different scene and feeling. The Line Camp was great. I do have to agree with the above post, the B&B was the heavyweight champ of good time foot stomping fun bars in Santa Fe. Those were truly the good old days. The Golden Inn, the Turf Club, and Flying Torch, the Ramada Inn and a few others all going on at the same time. You could go to the La Fonda or the Forge or a number of other clubs and have a great time. It's not that way anymore.

Texas City, TX

#33 Jun 10, 2009
I've been back to Sante Fe numerous times, still see friends, and you can still do the same things we did back then. But we are all grown up now.Well maybe incognito, but I will always love Sante Fe. I tell friends, 'If you don't believe in God or a 'Higher Power', go to Northern New Mexico.
Fran Braunig

Houston, TX

#34 Jun 11, 2009
To correct my husband Robert, I believe it was I who was friendly with that lady bartender who when I asked for a French connection, she didn't know how to make it so I said "two parts cognac and one part amaretto. She made it with one ounce amaretto and 2 ounces cognac. What a night that was!

Houston, TX

#35 Jun 19, 2009
Is everyone finished? No more story's.
What a sad lot we've become. I could talk for days obout the Line Camp, Loves and loses, not knowing how I drove back home in El Rancho. The list could go on & on.

Albuquerque, NM

#36 Oct 13, 2009
Moved back to Santa Fe. My niece owns the Atomic Grill, and I'am back where I belong.
Today is Oct.13th, cooked up some killer Gumbo.
See you at the Atomic.
Bob Thornburg

Albuquerque, NM

#37 Apr 1, 2010
Hey! Do you remember me? Friend (and roommate at NMMI)of Craig Morton? 1966? And...I went out with your sister, Cris around that time. I am forever en-debited to her for saving me from a burning house in ...around 1969, maybe. I would love to say thank you again. I was just talking to an old friend - Dale Stewart - friend of Robert Giles about the good ole days. Anyway, I would love to have Cris's email addr if you have it. I hope the years have treated you well. Thanks!
Bob Thornburg
p.s. I went to a Line Camp reunion last year. What a hoot!
Dwight Frost

United States

#38 Apr 15, 2011
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.
If this gets to you I would like to know about CM.
Susan HIll

Albuquerque, NM

#39 Oct 22, 2012
OMG, Davasha! We were members of both the compound and Line Camp "tribes" and have lived to tell about it. The 13 yrs I lived in the valley were the most interesting years...and we were a heck of a lot more than a little bad....

Columbus, OH

#40 Jun 30, 2014
Have many fond memories of the Line Camp from 1976 to 78. It was nothing to drive from Albuquerque or Taos to eat party and dance! The staff the management the owners. All you can eat bar b que on sundays dancing the nite away to Gumbo Hearytswing the Dixie Disels Moses McCormick and of course the awesome star studded cocktail and dinner shows. Remember the buffalo dinner once a month but you best be quick to get tickets. The apple pie and fantastic salad bar. The holiday dinner they prepared for staff and valley friends no charge.
Never knew who youd see meet or be setting with from Stars, musicians, artists ,scientists and just us casual local folk.
Those were the days and will never be that way again! And yes the stories are true the Camp has its resident spirits.

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