The lingering remnants, signs, of past businesses are all over town. Some are quite recent and could be painted over with the next signing of a lease. Others are the fragile artifacts of historic and once-important businesses that people seem hesitant to obliterate. Some of these signs are generations old, old enough to practically become part of the town’s natural scenery.
Raton, so far, has been lucky to avoid the trend of phony “cowboy” or “western” kitsch sometimes found in other southwestern towns. Here’s an exception. This building houses a charity thrift store. It’s not a Ranch Store, it’s never been a Ranch Store, and it doesn’t sell any of the advertised items.