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New Mexico Ghost Towns

Dawson, New Mexico

Ghost towns litter the back roads in New Mexico. Miners settled most of these abandoned communities, extracting a variety of precious minerals and ores from the mountains and canyons...

Elizabethtown

New Mexico has an enormous amount of intriguing fodder for “based on a true story” westerns should that genre ever come back into style. Several New Mexico mining towns...

Madrid

Not A Ghost Town Anymore Located midway on the Turquoise Trail, the village of Madrid is often referred to as a ghost town, though the approximately four hundred inhabitants might...

Cerrillos

The community of Cerrillos exudes the rugged charm and rustic simplicity of the Old West. Cottonwoods line the dirt streets, with adobe homes surrounded by Spanish-style courtyards. Movie studios...

White Oaks

The Discovery of Gold The boom and bust of mining in the late 1800s gave rise to numerous tent cities and mining towns across New Mexico, including White Oaks, a...

Lake Valley

Prior to the 1800s there were no permanent settlements between El Paso and Socorro for a very good reason…Apache. They moved with the harvest and the herds, roaming an...

Coyote & Hagan

Hagan Coal was discovered in Una de Gato Arroyo in 1902. By 1905 60 miners set up a mining camp in what would become Hagan. They named the town after...

Chloride, New Mexico

Of the many ghost towns in Sierra County, Chloride, New Mexico is my favorite. There are more historic buildings left standing than there are residents remaining. My second favorite...

Cuchillo, New Mexico

Though Cuchillo, New Mexico served as a waypoint for traffic to Winston and Chloride during the mining boom, it was more of an agricultural community. The valley was first...

Mogollon, New Mexico

If you enjoy ghost towns, mining history, or the legacy of the American West, take the 9-mile side road to Mogollon next time you are in SW New Mexico....

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