Ghost Towns Alive: Trips to New Mexico's Past

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The first book of the twenty-first century on New Mexico's ghost towns, this illustrated survey is based on research, interviews, and the travels of author Linda Harris and photographer Pamela Porter. They have divided the state into eleven regions comprising seventy ghost towns, from the Santa Fe Trail and Colfax County in the north to the southern mountains and the boot heel at the other end of New Mexico.

For this writing, Harris has redefined ghost town to refer not just to ...

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Overview

The first book of the twenty-first century on New Mexico's ghost towns, this illustrated survey is based on research, interviews, and the travels of author Linda Harris and photographer Pamela Porter. They have divided the state into eleven regions comprising seventy ghost towns, from the Santa Fe Trail and Colfax County in the north to the southern mountains and the boot heel at the other end of New Mexico.

For this writing, Harris has redefined ghost town to refer not just to permanently abandoned places but also to those that have declined without necessarily dying. She sheds light on the ways some towns have survived and how some have reinvented themselves, like Madrid and Cerrillos, former mining towns turned artistic and bohemian enclaves.

All the towns in this book are accessible. Many have their own web sites and most have benefited from the efforts of preservation-minded residents and museum curators. Roads have been improved, churches restored, and schools have been transformed into community centers, libraries, or residences. Ghost Towns Alive will certainly entice New Mexicans and out-of-state tourists alike to pack a lunch and hit the road. Don't forget to bring walking shoes and your camera!

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826329080
  • Publisher: University of New Mexico Press
  • Publication date: 10/8/2003
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 964,627
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.86 (h) x 0.65 (d)

Meet the Author

Linda G. Harris, a Las Cruces resident, has been traveling and writing about New Mexico for twenty-five years. Her books on water resources, architecture, libraries, and history have won several awards, including the Southwest Book Award and the Zia Book Award.

Pamela Porter is a professional photographer whose work has been featured in New Mexico Magazine. She resides in Las Cruces, New Mexico.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Chapter 1. Turquoise Trail: From Turquoise to Tourists
Chapter 2. The Santa Fe Trail: Traders, Soldiers, and Settlers
Chapter 3. Colfax County: Land Grant Legacy
Chapter 4. The Rio Puerco: Village Life
Chapter 5. Socorro County: Rails and Trails
Chapter 6. The Eastern Plains: Highways and Byways
Chapter 7. Lincoln County: Billy the Kid Country
Chapter 8. The Black Range: When Silver Reigned
Chapter 9. The Mogollon: Million-Dollar Mines
Chapter 10. The Bootheel: Hard Country
Chapter 11. The Southern Mountains: Landscape of Lost Dreams
Chapter 12. Selected Readings
Chapter 13. Index
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2008

    And they came Alive w/Pam's photographs!

    This book couldn't be a better tool for historical New Mexico unless Pamela Porter wrote it herself. Her photographs are beautiful, striking and reflective of someone who travels the country side of New Mexico on a regular basis. Linda's writing isn't as breathtaking as the photos, but taking nothing away from her, the photos are all the reason one needs to purchase this book. There are some wild stories about the antics of NM ghosts, and Pam experienced some of them while taking the shots for this book. It's great, even if you're not a NM buff. You'll enjoy it!

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