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White Oaks

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Brad wrote a review Oct 2020
Albuquerque, New Mexico166 contributions244 helpful votes
We were driving back from Ruidoso to Albuquerque and this was a quick stop. Truly, as other reviews have said, there is not much to see. You can Google the history and read it on the way in. There are some older buildings in various stages of decay that we could see from the road (maybe a dozen); and another dozen of functional homes and buildings scattered around. The roads leading to the homes/school, etc. are all dirt--pretty bumpy in parts. We happened to pull up to the old school when a woman was opening it up for another family. It's two stories, four classrooms, and full of pictures, desks, and lots of old memorabilia. We tried to drive by some of the buildings but they were blocked or gated off--could only see from a distance. The school museum had a map of the city with about 25 homes/buildings marked, but we couldn't see that many. The No Scum Allowed Saloon had a good number of people and is right off the main, paved road. Worth a quick visit if you are in the area.
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Date of experience: October 2020
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DeAnn7 wrote a review Aug 2016
Pueblo, Colorado21 contributions23 helpful votes
White oaks is a interesting ghost town, people still live there but not like it use to be they have a no scum aloud saloon and in your a young guns 1&2 fan they you know what I'm talking about The old school house is at the top of a hill and is really cool to see with lots of information about the past years in white oaks The cemetery right before you come into white oaks has Susan McSween and Belle and many more buried there
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Date of experience: July 2016
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senorgblanco wrote a review Aug 2016
Roswell, New Mexico6 contributions9 helpful votes
I visited White Oaks with my family in either 1953 or 1954 when I was 7 or 8 years old. The reviewer who mentioned there wasn't much there is correct, but there was much more there in the early 1950s with many more old buildings and store fronts. We were given a tour through the Hoyle mansion by a elderly gentleman who was a caretaker at that time. I don't remember his name, but he was featured at least once in New Mexico Magazine. Some of the original furnishings were still in the mansion. I specifically remember a footed bathtub and, after turning a corner into the parlor, I found myself standing face to face with a mounted turkey which was close to my height. The old fellow showing us the mansion told me that the turkey was shot and mounted 50 years before or, about 1903 or 1904. I wish the lady who reviewed White Oaks could have seen it in the early 1950s. There was still no tours, except the great one we got through the Hoyle mansion. I have visited White Oaks several more times in later years and found it a little more diminished each time.
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Date of experience: September 2015
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dkudu wrote a review Aug 2015
Jackson Hole, Wyoming287 contributions115 helpful votes
White Oaks was nice to drive around. Huge old buildings in a very small town. Nothing was open when we were there. A few artists appear to live there. It is a short drive from the highway. I would visit if I happened to be in the area (which we were).
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Date of experience: August 2015
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Joan W wrote a review Apr 2014
Green Valley, Arizona555 contributions648 helpful votes
If you are in the area and have about an hour to spare, take Highway 349 for nine miles (it is paved the entire way) and visit White Oaks. I rarely have found such an accessible ghost town. The drive In has tumbleweed everywhere, particularly on a windy day, and the scenery was pleasant with wild flowers along the roadside. When you arrive in White Oaks, you cannot help but notice the lavish Victorian Gumm House off to the left and the stately Hoyle House off to the right. Both of these are now private residences and closed to the public, but even from the outside you can see these where wealthy people. Notice the rundown looking bar on the left with wooden sign nailed to the building that reads "No Scum Allowed". That tells you something about the clientele at the time. It is my understanding the School Museum is open weekends in the Summer and the Miner's Home Museum is open daily in the Summer. There were some phone numbers posted if you wished to make an appointment for other times. I enjoyed spending some time there and picturing what life must have been like in White Oaks' heyday.
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Date of experience: April 2014
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