Snuffy’s: End of an Era
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.