Sunday, March 20, 2011

Lake Valley RIP

Meandering north from Hatch, New Mexico's chile capitol, to Hillsboro, a resurgent ghost town flirting with artiness, we discovered the remains of Lake Valley. The former silver mining town enjoyed its heyday from 1881 to 1893, had a brief affair with manganese and lost its last resident in 1994.  The town is partly privately owned and partly owned by the US Bureau of Land Management whose stewardship is evident.  Lake Valley is in good repair and a worthwhile side trip when you're in Sierra County.  The images are of the old general store and a tiny church.