New Mexico April 08, 2018
The Old Mining Town In New Mexico With A Sinister History That Will Terrify You
New Mexico is known for its long and varied mining history, including coal, copper, gold, silver, and uranium. But mining is a dangerous pastime, and long before numerous safety measures were put into place, miners faced a livelihood filled with peril. This old mining town once had a lively history with a grim toll of the unlucky who succumbed to the deadly miner’s consumption.
Mogollan is located in southwest New Mexico.
The drive itself through the Mogollon Mounts in Catron County is interesting, with one-lane hairpin curves carved out of the hillside.
Mogollon was once a successful silver mining town.
Some gold was found there as well.
Mining there started in the 1890s.
While several mines were started, a notable one went by the name of Little Fannie (also spelled Little Fanny).
A camp sprung up.
At its peak, the town had more than 3,000 residents.
Poor health conditions often caused miners working there to die within three years.
Miner's consumption, often called Black Lung disease, took a huge toll on workers and their families. Even with its reputation as a dusty mine, hopefuls still came in hope for a better life.
Mine owners eventually developed a method to reduce the dust to lessen dust inhalation.
The town also suffered from multiple fires and floods from the Silver Creek that ran through the middle of town through the years.
During its heyday in the early 1900s, gold and silver bullion was mined and shipped by Silver City by mule team.
During World War I, trucks took to hauling the ore.
It once earned a reputation as one of the wildest mining towns in the West.
Many unsavory deaths occurred during these days. However, market value of the ore decreased to the point where the mines were no longer profitable.
This 1940 photo shows Mogollon's main street.
However, bad fortune came to the town often. In addition to disease and death, it faced disastrous floods in 1894, 1896, 1899, and 1914 and tragic fires in 1894, 1904, 1910, and 1942.
The deadly fire in 1942 practically wiped out the town. When Little Fannie later closed down, people moved away.
A few businesses and some residents remain there today. Mogollon is now also called Mogollon Historic District.
New Mexico has numerous former mining towns that are now mostly ghost times but provide for an interesting visit. Another tragic coal mining accident led to the
demise of this small town. If ghost towns are not to your liking, how about a visit to the oldest place in New Mexico?