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New Mexico Ghost Towns

The Southwest is covered with many ghost towns.  This webpage had its' beginnings with the ghost towns of the Southwest, but was narrowed down to the ghost towns of New Mexico. 

Many of these ghost towns were former mining camps that were booming while the mining lasted, but were deserted when the mines played out.  Coming upon these towns today can give you feelings from creepiness to just plain sadness.

Follow the links to find out more about some of the mining towns located in New Mexico, there are many, many more.  Some are not really ghost towns anymore, since they are now quasi tourist attractions and folks live there to market the town.



Rosedale:  Located in Socorro County, Rosedale is the remains of an extensive gold mining town.  This town was named for Rose Richardson whose husband discovered gold here around 1899.  The town died out around 1920 and the post office officially closed in 1928.



Chloride:  This town came into existence after Harry Pye discovered silver here.  By 1871 the town was booming, however after gold became the monetary standard in the1890s the town went into rapid decline.  This town is located in the Black Range of New Mexico .



Mogollon:  This town was founded in 1895 and experienced a boom for the next twenty years.  It was a gold and silver mining town that died out after WWI and WWII.  A series of fires and floods nearly destroyed the town.  The town is located in the Mogollon Mountains above the San Francisco River Valley.



Riley:   This old town is located in Socorro County, the post office ran from 1892-1898, and again from 1899-1902.   This town was a ranching settlement and was originally known as Santa Rita.  There is a church here where people make an annual  feast day on May 22. 

Bonanza City:    This old town is located in Santa Fe County, it was founded in 1880 and died out about 1885.  Silver, zinc, and lead were the primary ores in the Los Cerillos Hills during this time.  At its height in 1884 the population was two hundred souls.  There are not very many ruins left of this old town.  

Waldo:  This old town is also located in Santa Fe County, it was named after Henry L. Waldo, chief justice of the supreme court of the territory of New Mexico.  The town grew because of the railroad which ran through it to get the coal from nearby Madrid.  Eventually coal mines were found near Waldo and the Colorado Fuel and Oil Company built fifteen ovens for smelting.  By 1906 the company folded, but the town survived by fulfilling the needs of surrounding mining camps.  The death of Madrid in the 1950's spelled the end of Waldo.  There are not many ruins left of this town.

Carbonateville:  This town came into existence in January 1879, although it is believed to be a site the Indians used for turquoise mining.  By 1884 the population was reported to be five hundred.  However the population declined sharply after that and by 1897 only forty residents remained.  There is very little, if anything left of this town today. 

Red River:  This town is located in Taos County on the Red River.  About 1894 the town began as a gold mining camp.  Within a year and a half, the town had a dozen saloons, two general stores, several hotels, a barber shop, a blacksmith shop, a livery stable, a dance hall, and several thousand residents.  The gold mining boom lasted only a few years and gradually the town became a sleepy mountain hamlet.  However since the 1930's it has become known as a summer resort area.  There are several ruins to be seen here.

Midnight or Anchor:  This town is located in Taos County, nestled in the Cimarron Mountain Range.  Here you will find the deserted log cabin ruins of the town of Midnight, a short lived gold mining camp.  Midnight was settled about 1895 by miners and their families.  Located about half mile from Midnight is the mining camp of Anchor, its' life was brief and it never had much of a population.

Kelly:   This town is located in Socorro County, and was a mining town established in the late 1860's by Colonel J.S. Hutchason.  It was named for his friend Andy Kelly.  The miners found lead, zinc, silver, copper, gold and later smithsonite in the Magdalena Mountains.  The local post office ran from 1883-1945.  All that remains now are a beautiful church, some foundations, and the remains of the Kelly Mine.



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