Cowboy Cuisine – Summer Trip Part 2 : Pie Town, N.M.

Front of The Gatherin Place. (Photos by Steve Stevens)

By Steve Stevens 

Sometimes the greatest finds are definitely out of the way places in the middle of nowhere. Located in Catron County, just north of the Gila National Forest is Pie Town, N. M.

Population 186, its name comes from an early bakery that specialized in dried apple pies. It was established in the early 1920s.

So for all those world travelers out there who have scavenged the Florida Keys on a skiff, rode their hogs to Sturgis or lasted two seconds on a bucking bull at the old Kowbell Arena in Mansfield, I am here to tell you that you haven’t lived until you have had a piece of New Mexico green apple pie.

As we drove through beautiful central west New Mexico, somewhere along the continental divide amongst three restaurants specializing in pies sits “The Gatherin’ Place.”

A pretty good storm was rolling in from the northeast. As we pulled into the rustic lot, people hurried into the old west style restaurant, as thunder and lightning cracked close enough to make a border collie that just got caught eating one of Maybel’s chickens scurry.

We didn’t know what to expect as we walked into the crowded small room filled with tourists and local ranchers.

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