This County In New Mexico Was One Of The Most Dangerous Places In The Nation In The 1870s

Back in the late 1870s, Colfax County was a dangerous place. It was home to bawdy mining camps, range wars, Indian conflicts, and deadly gunplay. Below, take a peek at what was going on in Colfax County in the 1870s.

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Today you can take a historic walking tour through Old Town Cimarron. The tour includes 14 historic sites that date back to the mid-1800s, like the old jail, stage office, and the St. James Hotel. Be sure to visit the Old Mill Museum too.

Special thanks to the New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum and the Cimarron Chamber of Commerce for their help with images and permissions.