This old town was first called Luttrell, named for Dr. J.M. Luttrell, who ran a boarding house and owned the Holland Company Smelting Works. The first post office, opened with the name Luttrell in 1880. For reasons unknown, another post office opened in 1882, called La Noria, just a mile away from the first post office. A year later, they both closed. However, another opened in 1884, with the town’s "final” name of Lochiel. Named for two brothers for the ancestral home in Scotland, this time, the name stuck. The mining community grew to include two smelters, three saloons, five stores, a boarding house, several businesses, and a population of about 400. Though the miners profited, the ranchers were at risk during the early days, as none other than Pancho Villa would often come across the border to steal cattle, before escaping back to Mexico.
But, like most mining towns, its life was short and its post office closed forever on September 30, 1911. However, there was still life in Lochiel and in 1918; a one-room schoolhouse was built as well as a teacherage that still stands today. In fact, in the 1980’s the town wanted to re-open the school and had several applications from teachers interested in the challenge of one-room school house. Unfortunately, there were no students to attend. During this same decade the customs station, serving border crossings was also closed for budgetary reasons.
So basically I wanted to get to the border fence. That was the Goal.
Filled up in Sonita and headed to Hershaw Road.
My 2007 Icon Mid Travel Total Chaos Arms
Friends 2011 Icon Mid Travel Icon Arms. Man I need some 285's
My dog "Sprocket" checking out the truck for me....
Success. This is the sign for the old border crossing in Lochiel.
And the truck
Spoke with the land owner he was a little spooked by the recent traffic around the area so we took some pics and moved on.
My other dog "Clutch" hanging out....
To be continued...