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Very Interesting!

This old ghost town allows you to step back in history by over a hundred years. It is very much... read more

Reviewed December 13, 2018
Robert B
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Soldotna
Neat step back in time

If you like ghost towns, this was a very neat step back in time. I went when the cafe was open in... read more

Reviewed November 6, 2018
Kevin F
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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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Reviewed December 13, 2018

This old ghost town allows you to step back in history by over a hundred years. It is very much worth the drive. The Pioneer Store Museum and the Artisan Gift shop is a must.

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed November 6, 2018

If you like ghost towns, this was a very neat step back in time. I went when the cafe was open in the bank building. I understand that may be closed now. The saloon/dance hall is an art gallery, so that was kind of disappointing,...More

Date of experience: December 2017
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Reviewed November 3, 2018

Chloride is still a great place to visit, just don't plan on eating at the old bank. Several sets of management have tried, but conditions just don't stay right for continued success. There is now a roadside stand just outside the town, and you can...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed July 17, 2018 via mobile

Great place to visit if you are fond of ghost towns. The drive is beautiful and the museum was opened for us only. Very interesting! Recommendation: take a walk up to the graveyard and read the tombstones. The texts reveal dramatic stories.

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank Indium_Norway
Reviewed November 25, 2017

We drove to Chloride from T or C to hike. As the parking space locates in front of the General Store Museum, we stopped by museum not knowing anything about it. We actually spent much longer time than we planned, since everything was very interesting...More

Date of experience: November 2017
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Reviewed October 20, 2017

great history of the general store owner! This lady knows so many details and shows many preserved marvels of the store!

Date of experience: October 2017
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Reviewed October 16, 2017

Got a great tour through the museum, an old General Store that was boarded up in the '20s its merchandise and reopened in the 70's to display a trove of artifacts. Old mines shafts are nearby and available to snoot around, as well. Great day...More

Date of experience: October 2017
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Reviewed October 11, 2017 via mobile

We drove the route from Truth or Consequences (great countryside) to this old silver mining town. It's being lovingly preserved and restored by a committed family who, rightly, believe it has a story to tell. The museum is one of the most fascinating small museums...More

Date of experience: October 2017
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Reviewed September 25, 2017

If you read many of the other reviews, you'll have a good idea of what to expect here. I'd just like to add that you must have a guided tour of the museum - I've been to a gazillion museums and this one has things...More

Date of experience: August 2017
1  Thank J P
Reviewed September 22, 2017 via mobile

Step back in time to see and hear the history of an old silver mining town. The museum had been sealed for 75 years before it was purchased by the current owner 20 years ago. This guy has done his home work and reached, this...More

Date of experience: September 2017
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Donald E
Hi everyone. My family and I are the owners of the Pioneer Store Museum and the other attractions in Chloride, New Mexico. We read, and appreciate, all of the reviews visitors post. Thank you! About our town: It started in late 1879 when an Englishman named Pye found silver in the canyon. He gathered a few miners to prospect and develop the silver find. Pye was killed in a fight with Native Americans just a few months later, but Chloride continued to grow to near 3000 miners and their families. The town eventually had 9 Saloons/Dancehalls, but never a Church. Except for a few hardy soles, the town was abandoned in 1896 because the U.S Government stopped buying silver for coinage. The Pioneer Store continued in operation to serve the few folks left in town, and the surrounding ranch families. Finally, in 1923 things were so slow, the Pioneer Store also closed. The owners fully expected there would be a resurgence in mining activity, and they wanted their son to have an established business waiting for him when he finished his education, so they sealed the building up with roofing tin and lumber over all of the doors and windows. Alas, the resurgence did not happen, and the son went on to other successful endeavors. My family and I bought the store and all the contents in 1994, and after several years of restoration of both the building and contents, we opened it to the public as the Pioneer Store Museum. The contents include all of the original furnishings from 1880, plus hardware, clothes, tools, and other items of merchandise from 1880 to 1923. We do not charge an admission fee, but we appreciate donations to help defray the operating expenses. The Monte Cristo Saloon and Dance hall, located next door, has been restored and is now home to an Art Co-op made up of approximately 30 local Artists. Their work includes paintings, photography, carvings, fiber art, and other mediums. A new attraction is the Chloride Bank Cafe, located in the recently resurrected bank building. There is also a small RV Park with full hookups that can handle up to 40 foot vehicles (pull throughs) and some of the original miners cabins have been restored into vacation cabins. Several years ago we constructed a Rest Area with public toilets and sheltered picnic tables. The town of Chloride is located on the eastern border of the vast Gila National Forest. Chloride's main street, Wall Street, continues through the western end of Chloride and on into the National Forest with it's many hiking or jeep (4 wheel drive) trails. The 35 mile drive into Chloride from Interstate 25 is often described as one of the most scenic in this part of the country. The route is a part of the Geronimo Trail Scenic Byway, recently designated as a National Scenic Byway.
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Response from 928KathyW | Reviewed this property |
Thanks for the additional info. We plan to return. What are the arrangement for the RV park and are there other places to camp nearby?
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