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    Probably a pretty tough GTC

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    Flagstaff, AZ?

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    Grand Rapids, MI?
    I'm sorry. Is my bias showing?

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    Trinidad, CO

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    La Junta, CO... or somewhere on the high plains.

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    Quote Originally posted by bflo_la
    La Junta, CO... or somewhere on the high plains.
    I was thinking La Junta, too. For no good reason I went with Trinidad.

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    I'll go with Farmington, New Mexico, despite the lack of a Blake's Lotaburger in any of the photos.

    No, wait ... I take that back. The rtraffic lights aren't horizotal.

    Definitely not Durango, Pagosa Springs or Trinidad. Alamosa, Colorado, maybe?
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    Trinidad was a good guess, but it's a little more substantial.

    The correct answer is La Junta. How in the world did you guys know that? Nobody ever goes to La Junta, except boy scouts, occasionally.

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    I was doing some quick research, and was about to change my answer to La Junta.

    See the photo on the top of this page.

    Hints - greenish license plates and adobe-style architecture place it in northern NM or southern Colorado.

    Vertical traffic lights - it's on the Colorado side. Most of NM has horizontal traffic lights.

    Durango, Pagosa Springs and Trinidad are too mountainous. Downtown Trinidad has mostly brick streets, with a winding main street. Durango has lot of pedestrian trafic on their main street, and it's not so wide.

    The railyard identifies a rail junction of some sort. That narrows it down to Alamosa and La Junta.
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    I figured the railyards would help narrow it down... but I didn't think anyone would find a picture of the post office.

    Anyway, La Junta is kind of a sad little place. They replaced:
    this with this,
    this with this,
    this with this,
    and another great old building I can't find a picture of with this.
    That Southwest Deco building pictured earlier was only just barely saved by the state preservation group.

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    I guessed La Junta from the first panoramic picture before I even scrolled to the right as I've had the pleasure of killing 40 minutes in La Junta while taking Amtrak's S.W. Chief to L.A.

    After seeing some of the southwestern architectural influences and the railyards, I was sure it was La Junta and sent my post.

    Afterwards, I googled "La Junta" "First National Bank" and was surprised that my guess was correct.

    I then caught the dark green license plates from Colorado.

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    Quote Originally posted by Cirrus
    The correct answer is La Junta. How in the world did you guys know that? Nobody ever goes to La Junta, except boy scouts, occasionally.
    The architecture in general, coupled with the diagonal on street parking, said high plains to me. The SW style building said roughly in the four corners area. The RR said on a railroad, and I thought I saw something that said "not on the Union Pacific" (so not North Platte, NE), which leaves the BNSF. At this point we're left with southern Colorado, northern New Mexico. There didn't seem to be enough southwestern architecture to be NM, so then I just had to guess about small cities in CO.

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    Quote Originally posted by Cirrus
    How in the world did you guys know that?
    There's some ridiculous rainman types in this joint when it comes to this. You coulda posted pics of some city in Lithuania and someone would know it.

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    I'm thinking Alpena Michigan

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    Quote Originally posted by DetroitPlanner
    I'm thinking Alpena Michigan
    now that just hurts....Alpena is doing much better than these pictures show...plus there is no angled street parking in downtown Alpena.

    Consult this thread for a reminder.
    I'm sorry. Is my bias showing?

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    Quote Originally posted by Dan
    ...Durango, Pagosa Springs and Trinidad are too mountainous. Downtown Trinidad has mostly brick streets, with a winding main street. Durango has lot of pedestrian trafic on their main street, and it's not so wide.

    The railyard identifies a rail junction of some sort. That narrows it down to Alamosa and La Junta.
    Alamosa has quite an attractive downtown. See this thread: http://www.cyburbia.org/forums/showthread.php?t=17686 . It is also still somewhat more mountainous, with the Sagre de Christos to the east.

    Otis - The southwwest or Santa Fe styles of architecture are really limited to the Santa Fe area and the pueblos, or old town Albuquerque or Tuscon. Most of the cities in the region look much like anywhere else, except for a greater number of art deco and art moderne designs.
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    Quote Originally posted by Cirrus
    Anyway, La Junta is kind of a sad little place. .
    At least it's not Colorado Springs.

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    Quote Originally posted by Cardinal
    Otis - The southwwest or Santa Fe styles of architecture are really limited to the Santa Fe area and the pueblos, or old town Albuquerque or Tuscon. Most of the cities in the region look much like anywhere else, except for a greater number of art deco and art moderne designs.
    Oh, so now my reasoning has to make sense! When did this start?

    Actually, I was thinking that when someone tries to "up-grade" an older building facade, they often tack on some regional motif. I didn't see even one example of that. That is what I was referring to.

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    Quote Originally posted by mendelman
    now that just hurts....Alpena is doing much better than these pictures show...plus there is no angled street parking in downtown Alpena.

    Consult this thread for a reminder.
    Well my guess was based upon that ugly house. I thought someone may have bought the Besser house and fixed it up. I knew I was on shaky ground because Alpena is/was the end of rail lines, so a large yeard like the one shown was a guess. The blocked in church did not look quite right either. I just saw the Blue Plate, parked next to what looked like a Big Mac plate, and chose the most appropriate sized city in the state. No offense was meant.

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    That's not an ugly house. It's a very good American Indian museum.

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    Quote Originally posted by Cirrus
    That's not an ugly house. It's a very good American Indian museum.
    nooooo... you misunderstood me. I said I thought someone bought the house (a concrete block monstrosity(ugly)) and fixed it up (adobe). Sorry if I ruffled feathers; it was not my intent.

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    Haha. And you misunderstood me. I was just pointing out that it's not a house (and never was).

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    I guess I should've read this thread sooner. My guess was going to be La Junta, not knowing that there was a correct guess as well as lengthy discussion about the city.

    Interesting stuff, although it has been years since I have been through La Junta.
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