The Oldest General Store In New Mexico Has A Fascinating History

Several New Mexico general stores have been doing business for many decades. These shops are loaded with character and small town charm. However, one appears to have been in operation for longer than the rest.

Bode’s General Store in Abiquiu first opened in 1890, albeit under a different name. Grants Mercantile, as it was then known, was located on the eastern end of the Old Spanish Trail. This historic trading route connected New Mexico first to Utah and later all the way to Los Angeles.

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Bode’s is located at 21196 US-84 in Abiquiu.

Have you stopped in at this general store that’s been running (under different names) for more than 120 years?

While you’re in a nostalgic mood, check out these 10 retro places in New Mexico that will take you back in time.