Texas August 30, 2016
Only At This One Spot In Texas Can You Stand In Two Timezones At Once
One of the best parts about living in Texas? For many of our residents, we’re only a stone’s throw away from being right in one of our surrounding states. From Louisiana to Arkansas and Oklahoma, there’s something about New Mexico that makes the state line we share a bit more interesting.
While you can stand in two states at once if you visit the state borders we share with our neighbors we just listed, if you decide to visit the state line we share with New Mexico you’ll also be able to stand in two different time zones.
If you're not from Texas, you may be surprised to hear that our state actually has two time zones.
Right in the western corner of our state, you'll find both Hudspeth and El Paso Counties fall in the Mountain Time Zone. But the rest of Texas? We run on Central time. So while you can actually stand within two time zones right inside of our state, there's something a bit more exciting waiting to be discovered in the northern part of Texas.
Situated right on the border of Texas and New Mexico, you'll find the abandoned town of Glenrio.
Pictured above, you can see what once was the Old Route 66 that ran through both Deaf Smith County in Texas and Quay County of New Mexico. The area was once a popular spot to check out while visitors were traveling along the Mother Road, until the early 1970s when Interstate 40 came barreling through the area.
Take our famous Exit 0 to Glenrio, where you'll be able to stand in two different time zones at once.
While it's always fun to cross off the whole "standing in two states at once" thing from your bucket list, it's even more exciting to be able to say you were also in two different time zones!
The town sitting on the dividing line of the two states didn't always think it was a charming perk. During the days when liquor wasn't legal everywhere in the United States, New Mexico found itself a wet state, while Texas was dry. This made things quite a bit awkward when New Mexico's side of Glenrio built their own motel and bar, while Texas residents weren't allowed to drink.
The abandoned town makes for an exciting excuse to come visit this state line that features different time zones.
While Glenrio is considered a ghost town to most, you'll actually discover there are a few residents and buildings left standing in the town. Many of the properties you'll pass by are privately owned and are only able to be admired from a distance. Old cafes and abandoned service stations make for fascinating places to check out.
Most of the buildings you'll see left standing today were built throughout the years when Glenrio was a railroad town and tourist attraction along Old Route 66. From post offices to diners, it's interesting to imagine what it was like to live in a town that had two time zones and shared a state line!
Never taken a trip to stand in two different time zones at once? Then watch this short video on the abandoned town of Old Route 66, created by YouTube user
Unoccupied Route 66 Presents and host Nick Gerlich!
Curious to see what other ghost towns our state is hiding? Then pack your bags and hit the road, it’s time you check out
This Road Trip Through Texas Ghost Towns That You Won’t Forget!