What You’ll Discover In These 14 Tiny New Mexican Mining Towns Is Incredible

New Mexico has a long history of mining. Native Americans mined for turquoise for hundreds of years before the arrival of the Spanish. Then, like many Western states, New Mexico experienced the boom and bust cycle of mining during the 19th century. The focus was on extracting lead, zinc, silver, gold, copper and, in the 20th century, uranium. As a result, the state’s landscape is dotted with old mines and ghost towns. Here are 14 New Mexican towns that sprang to life as a result of mining.

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Have you ever lived in a mining town? Which of these places in New Mexico have you visited?