PROLOGUE

Since 2005, songwriter and photographer Charlie Stout has been documenting American life along the expanse of U.S. Highway 60 from the eastern terminus in Virginia Beach, Virginia to the western edge of Arizona where the highway merges with Interstate 10. (In parts of California, the desert encroaches upon remains of decommissioned stretches of this road, which once proudly served as the first transcontinental highway in America.)

Situated along U.S. Highway 60 is the unincorporated community of Taiban, New Mexico, where famed outlaw Billy The Kid was captured by Sheriff Pat Garrett.  The First Presbyterian Church, built on a budget of $250 in the year 1908, stands to this day as a beacon of hope (albeit vacant) in a land of desert hardship and abandonment.

Click here to learn more about the ghost town of Taiban, New Mexico