Descriptions of the Pyle's Albuquerque home include how Ernie got building fever when he was there in 1941 and converted the garage and constructed a 280' long picket fence. The home had been built the previous year while he was away so he missed out on the major construction.
He reported that his fence had taken two and a half weeks and required 30 post holes, 1000 pickets and 400 nails. Photos show Pyle in his yard with the white pickets and a huge expanse of mesa in the background.
You can see the fence today at the Albuquerque library branch that was his home. The view from that little yard sure has changed.
Many interesting details about the Pyles' life and home in Albuquerque are contained in the biography: Ernie Pyle in the American Southwest by Richard Melzer, 1996. There is sadness. Most obviously his death was tragic and his wife suffered depression. And there are other sad subtleties besides.
The thing the Pyles loved most about their home, besides its location in their beloved New Mexico, was the view of the western horizon. Photos in the book and elsewhere show the panoramic view from their "knoll" that they enjoyed and had hoped to preserve. Melzer notes that the Pyles had wanted the lots to the west of the home purchased for a park. His widow even stipulated it in donating the home for a memorial but it never happened. From the library porch today you can only imagine how open that stretch of mesa once was.