Lake Sumner, New Mexico: One Man's Privately-Built Rest Area

Raymond Samora built this little rest area in 2011 at his own expense, and has populated it with stone markers paying tribute to firefighters, Seal Team 6, and President Barack Obama.
Address:
Hwy 203, Lake Sumner, NM
Directions:
At the intersection of US Hwy 84 and Hwy 203 (the turnoff to Sumner Lake State Park), either 10 miles north of Fort Sumner or 32 miles south of I-40 exit 277.
Hours:
Lit at night.
Admission:
Free
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One Man Rest Area.

One Man's Privately-Created Memorial Rest Area

At his own expense, Fort Sumner resident Raymond Samora has built his own roadside rest area. Various stone markers pay tribute to firefighters, veterans, New Mexico Governor Susanna Martinez, President Barack Obama, the Navy Seals, and Joe Luis Gonzales, who was one of Samora's companions in the Navy and died in the line of duty. There's also a "Watch Dog" made of wood inside a wooden dog house, and a checkers board atop a picnic table. According to Samora, this is the only privately-built rest area in New Mexico.

[David Pike, 05/17/2013]
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