This Delightful General Store In New Mexico Will Have You Longing For The Past
There are plenty of wonderful general stores in New Mexico that make you feel nostalgic. However, there is only one that literally transports you to the past. The general store in the ghost town of Chloride was sealed in 1923, with all of its contents inside. It wasn’t until 1994 that the building underwent a major renovation and the boxes inside were unpacked and preserved. The result is a museum that replicates a general store from days long past.
We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now: https://www.onlyinyourstate.com/nominate/
This general store was a multipurpose building that also housed “The Black Range,” (a local newspaper), along with a post office. The presence of a massive safe allowed this place to function as a bank and pawnshop as well!
After the town’s fortunes declined, the Pioneer Store was eventually shuttered. The idea was for the owners’ son to return and run it once Chloride experienced a revival. That never happened and, for decades, the store remained closed.
That all changed when the son sold the property to a couple interested in restoring it. After much hard work, the result is the Pioneer Store Museum.
Its hours are 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. each day. Donations are appreciated.