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“Little Gem!”

Lake Valley Historic Townsite
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 there's more than meets the eye.

We drove right up to the school house and were greeted by a wonderful employee who knew a lot about the site and took the time to tell us stories and answered all of our questions. I was actually surprised by how much information the school house had. It's a great little museum.

Some of us went out on our own and explored the ruins after the museum. It was a beautiful day and a great walk. The trails are clearly marked and there were little tons of little surprises along the way. Be on the look out for an endless pile of tin cans that trails off into the dessert and a similar pile of glass bottles behind one of the houses. We really enjoyed seeing the mine (from a distance) and exploring the houses.

I definitely recommend this site for history lovers or those that are enamored by the (recent) wild west!

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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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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 up staying well over an hour and could have spent much more time if we hadn't needed to be on our way. We walked around the old town site and could see the mines and remnants of the railroad. Plenty of informative signs to read. The buildings are losing some ground to the elements a little each year so be sure to visit these places before they are gone for good. A word of caution, stay on the trails. The place is noted for an abundance of rattlesnakes but we were told the trails are pretty safe. There is no fee but we left a donation in the place provided by the school door.

3  Thank Huskerredhead22
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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 town's cemetery is on the other side of the highway and is worth a stop, too, as old, abandoned small-town cemeteries have much history to offer as well.

4  Thank Dan29942
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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 even antiques.... The museum is small but well maintained. The cemetery was nice, but it's not any better or worse than any other western cemetery. I was more interested in the windmills on the way.

1  Thank Gail F
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