Snuffy’s: End of an Era

Catron Courier - - News - By Sam “Sweet­wa­ter” Sav­age

In 1884, a sim­ple build­ing was con­structed by cow­boys at the top of The Box as the Slaugh­ter Ranch head­quar­ters. Even­tu­ally, that build­ing was moved to its cur­rent lo­ca­tion on Buzz Easter­ling’s El Caso Ranch. It has been a home, a guest house, and as a bunkhouse. There’s no way to ever know how many peo­ple hung their hats in that old build­ing, how many meals were served, or how many cow­boy tales were told within its his­toric walls.

In 1970, work be­gan on a man made lake we now know as Que­mado Lake. Camp­ing, fish­ing, a boat dock, and even a sub­di­vi­sion were be­ing planned. The val­ley was to be­come a des­ti­na­tion for campers, hunters, fish­er­men, and home to many new fam­i­lies.

The old HQ build­ing was a pop­u­lar so­cial­iz­ing spot, but to make it a bit more pub­lic, Buzz Easter­ling for­mally dubbed the old build­ing Snuffy’s, a ref­er­ence to the old Snuffy Smith news­pa­per comic.

The orig­i­nal Snuffy’s bait shop and restau­rant ex­ploded in pop­u­lar­ity. The down­side was that made ranch work dif­fi­cult, so around 1976 Buzz made the de­ci­sion to move Snuffy’s to the high­way.

The orig­i­nal 1884 build­ing never moved, and still sits across from the polo arena.

Buzz bought an old World War II mil­i­tary mess hall and made that Snuffy’s. It was added on to with a store, laun­dry, show­ers, restau­rant, and bar.

Snuffy’s has been a his­toric land­mark and a gath­er­ing place for hik­ers, campers, sports­men, and es­pe­cially res­i­dents of Que­mado Lake. Fa­mous for its de­li­cious Ca­tron Burger with green chili, cheese and ba­con, home­made fries, old west bar, and mu­sic, it has been a unique part of Ca­tron County.

In that time been plenty of peo­ple have come and gone. But most ev­ery­one re­mem­bers Buzz and Cathy who were of­ten at Snuffy’s and al­ways happy to sit and chat about “the wall of pic­tures” which acted like an in­for­mal mu­seum of Ca­tron County’s past.

As many of you al­ready know, Snuffy’s is chang­ing again. “I’ve de­cided I wanted to slow down a bit,” Buzz said, “And I fig­ure Snuffy’s needed some youth and fresh ideas to breathe new life into it. It took a long while to find the right buyer, but we did

Snuffy’s for­mer own­ers and staff at the 2013 Christ­mas Party.

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