New Mexico July 22, 2016
11 Abandoned Places That Hold Historic Keys To New Mexico’s Mining Past
New Mexico’s mining background was responsible for the boom – and often bust – of many towns in our state. Some of these places became total ghost towns. Today, abandoned mines and mining equipment tell the story of success and decline associated with this industry.
1. The headframe is pretty much all that's left of the Kelly Mine, in the ghost town of Kelly.
At one point, this town near Magdalena had 3000 residents and seven saloons!
2. This mine is in the ghost town of Lake Valley in Sierra County.
During the 1870s, it was a silver boomtown.
3. These mining carts can be find in Mogollon, located in the Gila National Forest.
$15 million of gold, silver, and copper were extracted from the mines here.
4. The Gateway Mine, close to Shiprock, now lies abandoned.
When it was in operation, it produced coal.
5. The Hayner Ruby Mine is in the Organ Mountains.
When active, this mine produced fluorite.
6. This is the mouth of the Ruby Mine, which looks like it's started to cave in.
7. Old mining equipment like this litters the area around the Ruby Mine.
8. The mining ghost town of Hagan is northeast of Albuquerque.
Even when the coal mine was active, this remained a small town. Today, Hagan is on private property. But you can still view it from the road.
9. Ambrosia Lake is a uranium mine near Grants.
Since 1998, all uranium mines have ceased operating in New Mexico.
10. The mining history at Cerrillos Hills State Park goes back 1100 years!
This area, between Santa Fe and Albuquerque, was rich in gold, silver, zinc, lead, and turquoise. The jeweler Tiffany & Co once had a turquoise mine here.
11. This image from 1935 depicts the coal mine in Madrid.
For a while it was pretty much deserted, but, in the 1970s, artists revived this small town. (Madrid is a little further south on the Turquoise Trail than Cerrillos.)
To learn more about about New Mexico's mining history in a fun environment, head to this mining museum in Grants.
It's located at 100 N. Iron Avenue.
If you’re interested in knowing which New Mexico towns started out as mining camps, check out these
14 mining towns.