These 12 Rare Photos Show New Mexico’s Mining History Like Never Before

From turquoise to bat guano, New Mexicans have been mining this land for hundreds of years! These rare images show the daily realities of life for gold miners. They also depict potash, coal, and copper mines. See this aspect of New Mexico’s history for yourself:

Many of New Mexico’s mining towns turned into ghost towns once the ore was played out. You can still visit these abandoned places today. Here are some of New Mexico’s best-preserved ghost towns.

If these historic photos interest you, check out these pictures that were taken in the Land of Enchantment during the Great Depression.