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Chloride

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Winston, NM
+1 575-743-2736
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Highly Recommended

We drove to Chloride from T or C to hike. As the parking space locates in front of the General... read more

Reviewed November 25, 2017
boto
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texas
back in time

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

Reviewed October 20, 2017
Bernadette C
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Kamloops, Canada
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“ghost town” (10 reviews)
“day trip” (3 reviews)
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Winston, NM
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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

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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!

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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

Thank norm159
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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

Thank BigBunny24
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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

1  Thank J P
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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

Thank John A
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Reviewed January 30, 2017

We were pleasantly surprised at how much we enjoyed visiting Chloride. One of the 11 residents met us outside the museum and gave us an informative overview of how the community evolved and answered numerous questions from us. The museum is fascinating, an authentic general...More

1  Thank jattaj
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Reviewed October 11, 2016

This place was so much more than I expected. Beyond just an abandoned collection of buildings, the ghost town has been carefully and impressively restored by a family that discovered the town in the 1970s. This project is clearly a labor of love for this...More

Thank ReadyForThisJelly
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Reviewed September 30, 2016

This town currently has 11 residents and the buildings left from when it was a mining town. The name came from the type of silver that was mined. In around 1972 a family moved in and wanted to restore the buildings and protect history. A...More

1  Thank Patti F
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Reviewed September 18, 2016

After last years inaugural beginning to our now annual vacation in T or C and exploring the surrounding ghost towns, we decided to drive out to Chloride this year for our day trip. Just like last year the drive was beautiful and allowed for some...More

Thank StaceyandCory
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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 Kathy W | 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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