Ghost Towns

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There are many ghost towns in New Mexico. We usually don’t go out of our way to see them, but on two occasions we did just because we ran out of things to do and see!!!

While we were in Glenwood and hiked The Cat Walk, we turned right and headed up into the foothills of the Mogollon Mountains to the town of Mogollon.  Mogollon is an old mining town that was, like most towns, booming in every way until the ore ran out. Then people moved on leaving behind buildings and stuff. In the case of Mogollon, people have come in and bought up those buildings and land for personal use. So Mogollon does have a very small populationtoday.

The road to the town was steep, windy, and narrow. It can also be snowed in and icy during the winter. As it wound up into the mountain we saw ranches on the plateau’s and valley floors. Horses and cows roamed where they wanted to! At one point, the old mine was visible and we snapped some photo’s but the photo’s don’t show the ruggedness and beauty of the mine.

Once we dropped down into the town, we saw the remains of a time past. Partial buildings, a sluice box, pipe and old rusted tin cans.  The town itself had some renovated buildings like the hotel, church and homes. Doors set into the mountain side made us think they were used to keep things cold.

Dale got out to take a photo and one of the residents came out and they chatted awhile. He gave us some history of the place but was more interest in telling us about his passion – Russia. It was a very interesting visit all the way around. I am glad we went.

The next ghost town we visited was Mangas. We took a drive on the dirt roads behind our camp at Quemoda Lake. We came to a sign that said the town was 8 miles away. After about 20 miles on dirt we were beginning to wonder where the heck it was. We finally came upon some old adobe buildings on the frontage of personal property. Then around a bend and more old dilapidated adobe buildings on both sides of the road. We got out and took pictures but were not able to snoop around the buildings because of the “Keep Out” signs. These building were also privately owned. We continued down the dirt road until we met Hwy 60. We made a loop through Omega and Quemado where we stopped for dinner. The thing that confused us about this town was the signs on Hwy 60 and the back road we took that told us the name of the town (Mangas) and the mileage to get there when there was no sign telling us we had arrived in Mangas. LOL

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4 thoughts on “Ghost Towns

    Ralph said:
    May 1, 2010 at 11:50 am

    This looks like an interesting ghost town! I don’t think we could get Janet up that road though!

    Lynn said:
    May 1, 2010 at 12:03 pm

    Ok now I’m jealous, how I love to go through the past in these quaint old towns, I would have something from every place I went. If there was such a thing as being someone else in the past, I’m sure I would have been a scavenger haha.

    Gwen said:
    May 1, 2010 at 6:06 pm

    It was so hard staying in the truck and not being able to get out and snoop. Going through the cliff dwellings was totally awesome. Walking where someone walked in 1000 ad. I have loved doing all this knowing someone else walked here before me. I have lost that “this people couldn’t have known much” to they were really ingenious. Thanks for reading! Love you.

    Gwen said:
    May 1, 2010 at 6:16 pm

    We were on a mesa, but I think at one point there was a canyon on one side. We have been on many a road and we think of Janet! Wait until you see our hike from today! Awesome. Truly incredible.

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