Well, you can’t say the Census counters aren’t trying…

On a trip to the Gila Country earlier this week, my wife and I ran across this run-down, apparently abandoned home just outside of the ghost town of Mogollon. From what we could see, it didn’t look like the place had been inhabited for a long time, judging by the overgrown weeds and trees, a non-functional front staircase and a mid-90s vintage Buick parked in front and sunk up to its axles in sand and debris from a flood a few years ago. But at the front entrance to the yard, there was a plastic bag hanging on a gate indicating its contents had forms for the “Census 2020.” No telling how long it has been there. Not anyone, apparently including the local ghosts, seems to have attempted to fill out the form.

A bag left by a census taker hangs forlornly on a gate outside this apparently abandoned home just outside the ghost town of Mogollon in the remote Gila Country of southwestern New Mexico.

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