Travel: North Central Region Ghost Towns of New Mexico

New Mexico is home to more than 400 ghost towns according to some estimates. Most of these places are nothing more than a few foundations and some occasional mining equipment.

But marks of many linger on, haunting ties to days that used to be. They rot into unconsciousness and their shells of buildings like phantoms against the sky. These towns are witnesses of some of America’s most romantic and insatiable history.

In spite of the wreak havoc on of vandals and weather to be interesting to the special breed of human whose eyes glitters at the mention of them, more than a total of these towns have enough life.  There is a number of inhabitants for quite a few towns. Before engaging yourself into an exploration of these Ghost Towns, be aware that many are on private property so their privacy must be respected.

North Central Region Ghost Towns


Being worked there for a thousand year, the stories of the Cerrillos hills is rich with legends of mines. To many Indian people, turquoise has religious significance. Neighboring Mount Chalchihuitl is recognized to have carried a great lode of the precious gemstone and stone tools found there. This has the impression on testifying to the truth of the legends.


Madrid depicts a unique example of revival although it still likes to consider itself a ghost town. Madrid was as famous for its Christmas lights as for its coal back in the 1920s and 30s. During the holidays, airlines used to reroute traffic to show passengers of the sight.


Long before American settlers came to the area, Golden was inhabited by Native Americans and Spaniards. When gold was discovered in 1825, it began to blast. The site of Golden became the first gold rush west of the Mississippi River years before the California and Colorado gold rushes.


With the founding of area gold mines and the Mystic Copper Mine, Elizabethtown began in 1866. Elizabethtown was New Mexico’s first incorporated town. There were only about 100 residents left as the mines dwindled in 1872. In 1903, a fire took most of the town and the town mostly died out by 1917 with diminish of mines.



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