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Lake Valley Historic Townsite

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Address: Lake Valley, Las Cruces, NM
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+1 575-525-4300

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Out there but worth the drive (here are the GPS coordinates)

We took a trip to New Mexico a couple of months ago and tried to follow the directions from trip advisor to visit this ghost town. It took us to a housing development in a town... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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Buxton, Oregon
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Buxton, Oregon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We took a trip to New Mexico a couple of months ago and tried to follow the directions from trip advisor to visit this ghost town. It took us to a housing development in a town, so ignore them. We called BLM and they gave us directions over the phone. The ghost town is worth the trip, if you are... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Unlike other ghost towns in the area, this one is protected by the US Bureau of Land Management so it is very well preserved. A ranger lives on site and will open the "new" school room at request. The largest piece of pure silver every pulled out of a mine (the Sleeping Beauty mine) was found here. There may still... More 

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Las Cruces, New Mexico
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 30, 2016

This is a place that's well worth a look but it is very far off the beaten path. However, all the roads that take you there are paved until you actually drive into the old ghost town. There is an amazing old Adobe schoolhouse that is usually open to the public and certainly worth a look. There is a little... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 27, 2016

This site still has some of the original buildings from the mining era. Most are in non-restored condition, so you can not enter most of the buildings. Which is what I expect from a ghost town site - not Disneyland. However, the museum/school house has been restored and has a lot of information and artifacts. The care-takers are eager to... More 

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Ossett, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 23, 2016 via mobile

We rang a doorbell to let the caretaker/guide that we were there. An amazing lady appeared who took us into a visitors centre type building. She went on to describe the history of the site. We must have spent almost an hour in the building listening to her as well as asking questions which she answered. We then proceeded outside... More 

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nashville, tn., United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 11, 2016

From Las Cruces it's over fifty miles to the location. There is a museum on site and a BLM guide to show items and explain history. Towns last resident left in 1993. The silver mine played out in the 1930's. They did mine other mineral's but not much. The museum is the old school house built in 1904 and had... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 11, 2016 via mobile

The caretaker was very knowledgeable. Very neat to see a part of history as it originally was! Wished we could have gotten closer to the mines but was still good to see from afar.

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 6, 2016

Because the site was closed and padlocked could not see. They have cameras up. Again you cannot see this site on Tues and weds. Drive 34 miles for nothing.

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Janesville, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 27, 2016

Lake Valley Historic GHOST town is located 16 miles north of NUTT or 17 miles south of HILLSBORO on Hwy. 27. Lake Valley began as a mining boom town when silver was discovered in 1870's. The Bridal Chamber mine produced pure silver ore which was shipped directly to the Denver Mint in 400 lb. blocks! No mine has ever produced... More 

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Minneapolis
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 26, 2016

The volunteer caretaker let us in to the old schoolhouse to see the displays there, and talked about the history of the town. Then we set out on the self-guided trail. Unlike many "ghost towns", this one still has many artifacts present on the grounds.

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