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About the Pie-O-Neer

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In 1995, while searching for "real pie," my family happened across Pie Town, New Mexico. It was a bright, sunny perfect New Mexico day. Crisp, clear blue skies dotted with fluffy white clouds. The town consisted of a post office, a tax office (even in the middle of nowhere, the IRS finds you) and The Old Thunderbird Trading Post. Crossing the steps of the frontier-style porch we were anxious. "What kind of pie would they have?" Much to our dismay, NONE. The owners were old and tired and had a sign on the door that read "There used to be pie in Pie Town, but there ain't no more — FOR SALE."

Photo of the Knapp family on the front steps of the Pie-O-Neer
Wendi, Kathy, and Mary in 1995:
Three generations of pie bakers.

My mother was distraught enough to say "if this was MY pie shop. . ." and I soon realized she was serious. On November 11 three generations of my family started baking pies. Mom was an experienced "pielady" as she had worked with her mother in the Cozy Corner Café in Rochelle, IL, where I was raised. They baked all kinds of pies. So it was only natural that she "put the pie back in Pie Town."

Someone's always been baking pie here since the 20's. Many families have tried their hand at a rolling pin in this location. We are proud to be the next in line. In 1998, Mom had to move to lower elevation for her health. My daughter has since left for higher education. But I am still here, baking pies with the help of my partner, Stan King, of the This link opens in a new windowSilver Creek Inn B&B in Mogollon, NM, and Nita Larronde, the infamous "trail angel" of the Continental Divide. We have a lot of fun baking pies in our newly remodeled kitchen, watching the bluebirds outside.

It has been a wild ride — time has brought many changes, but the bottom line is the same. . . it's all about the PIE!

Photo of a Kathy Knapp's mother in the old Pie-O-Neer kitchen
My mom in the old kitchen — October, 1996

We offer small-town friendliness in big way. Summer brings travelers, campers, artists, musicians, star-gazers and CDT hikers and bikers to our door. We graciously welcome them into our "home away from home" and serve them homemade, prize-winning pie. We have an acclaimed art gallery in-house and authentic photos from the WPA on old barn-wood walls.

We have been featured in Sunset Magazine, Travel + Leisure, Fodor's and Moon Travel guides. We are on the Food Network's "Best of New Mexico" and have been in a short film called "A Piece of Pie" which won the International Family Film award in 2006's Film Festival. We have lots of FUN!

Our Motto is "If you bake it, they will come." — Kathy Knapp


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