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Lake Valley Historic Townsite

Lake Valley, Las Cruces, NM
575 525 4300
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Ranked #8 of 26 attractions in Las Cruces
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Portal, Arizona
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63 reviews 63 reviews
29 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

If you're into ghost towns or mining history you won't want to miss this one. This old mining town is well preserved. It also features a great little museum full of local history. This attraction is just a little off the beaten path. Be sure to ask the docent how to get to the cemetery, it's worth the visit. On... More

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Suffolk, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2014

Lake Valley is a wonderful, off-the-beaten path place to spend an hour or two. It's quiet and you can walk around and imagine what it was like to live there. The schoolhouse museum is great and the volunteers enjoy sharing the towns history with you. We were there a long time ago - 2009 (but I wasn't able to pick... More

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El Paso, Texas
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34 reviews 34 reviews
18 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

We went there several years ago and enjoyed the exhibit at the museum in the old schoolhouse. You can walk around the streets and see what is left of the town. It's interesting especially if you know the history of the area.

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Salem, NH
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44 reviews 44 reviews
27 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2014

I went here last weekend and was pleasantly surprised! It's a great little attraction. It's about an hour north of Las Cruces so it's a bit of a drive but it's very pretty and well worth it. I was a little surprised by how few ruins there were when I initially drove up but upon a little exploring you realize... More

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Northern IL
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3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2014

We went with friends and enjoyed exploring the old town and the museum. The displays were informative and the history is fascinating!

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Birmingham, Alabama
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47 attraction reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2014

I'm not sure why this is listed as Las Cruces when it is more than 40 miles outside the city. However, it is an interesting hour or so (at the most) visit. I was a bit surprised that this property is managed by the U.S. Department of the Interior. And, FYI, it's closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

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Dorchester, Nebraska
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53 reviews 53 reviews
20 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2014

We happened to be passing by and noticed the old town site. We were glad we stopped. We started our visit in the old school house which was opened up for us by the knowledgable park volunteer. ( Just ring the bell and he comes right away.) We thought we would only spend ten minutes or so but we ended... More

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Las Cruces
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6 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

What's left of the town of Lake Valley is being preserved. There are a few old buildings, an old gas station complete with the "Conoco" sign still there, and the schoolhouse, which has been restored and is the "headquarters" for a visit. A visit might take 1/2 to 1 hour total, and it's worth it if you're passing by. The... More

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Pembroke Pines, Florida
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121 reviews 121 reviews
38 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2013

It was very nice. Unfortunately, it seemed to be just a bunch of dilapidated buildings. I've been to ghost towns and historic sites and this was hot and pretty boring. As far as ghost busting, usually, I can feel a presence or two-- I got nothing. The last permanent resident left in 1994 so there are places that technically aren't... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2013 via mobile

A nice easy drive out there. Take HWY 26 through Hatch, then turn off on HWY 27, north 12 miles. You can't miss it. Watch out for free range cattle on HWY 27. It is clean and well manicured. There is a box for a map of all the bldgs and a nice trail. I took my dogs, they must... More

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