Up the Black Range from Truth or Consequences is the little "ghost" town of Hillsboro New Mexico, it is not really a ghost town, there are a couple of vintage motels, cafe's

and lots of people living there

among enough southwestern ruins to make any camera hound happy.

On the late January day we visted it was above 60 and sunny, with a storm over the mountains above.

The ruins of the old courthouse (they lost the county seat battle to TorC a century ago) are well worth the walk up the hill to see.

and the old Jail is next door to play in

there were lots of friendly people in the shops but as it was a Friday afternoon we and this burro were the only ones out and about.

There is also an old church and a home that was made from the mining slag from local silver mines (The little black house by the church).

I recommend Hilsboro as a side trip while visiting TorC hot springs, or an overnight of quiet spent in a local motel.

Look up Sierra county, Hillsboro, and the Black range on the Internets (heheheh only thing I will miss about that bastard) for information.

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Comment by Masshole in Fringecrest on January 28, 2009 at 11:34am
Is the Pharmacy / Restaurant still there?
Comment by LaGuera on January 28, 2009 at 4:54pm
My mother's family is from Hillsboro, actually, Lake Valley. I think it might be classified as "arid" on the parchometer. We were some of the first homesteaders out there.
Comment by NMBeek on January 28, 2009 at 5:47pm
Thanks for the cool tour. Gonna put this on the ride list.
Comment by Sarahjmd on January 28, 2009 at 7:41pm
Thanks for all the pictures. I have been there twice and didn't see that much.
Comment by Izquierdo on January 28, 2009 at 8:09pm
Ghost town? I counted 10 or so buildings that look occupied.
Comment by Lee on January 29, 2009 at 9:16am
This is one of those lost areas of NM, and the country. In younger years when time permitted frequent road trips on a whim I spent a lot of time around Hillsboro, Lake Valley, Kingston. If you are at all interested in rocks/minerals etc.. the place is lousy with old shafts and adits, talus piles.
There is a book I read once... "Black Range Tales", that is written about this area and beyond into the Gila, Silver City, west of the Gila around Mogollon and up to Datil, Pie town etc.. who knows how true they are, probably mostly based on a kernel of truth.. but it was fun to read some of the early mining town folklore about the area.
Super pictures.. makes me yearn for a free weekend to get back down there again !!
Comment by dolores on January 29, 2009 at 9:32am
The old general store/cafe is still there. I dont eat hamburgers but my daughter says they have good ones. Also when I was last there a couple of years ago there was a real restaurant with a really cool reasonably priced motel attached. Food was good.
There actually is a real ghost town about 10 miles from Hillsboro. It is one of the best I have ever seen, as in very authentic, not all fixed up but tended. They have actually renovated the old one room schoolhouse and have alot of memorabilia they have collected from the time when the town was occupied. The ranger/caretaker lives behind the schoolhouse in a trailer, and you knock on his door and he lets you into the building and gives you a whole lot of information about the history of the town and the plans for renovation.
I wanted to buy a house there until I saw the cost of real estate, super expensive.
Maybe someone will post that knows the name of the ghosttown and road its on. I will check, pretty sure I still have it, if someone does not beat me to it.
Totally worth an overnight trip to go to Hillsboro, stay at the motel, eat at one of the cafe's and see the ghost town. If you wanted to make it a weekend, I have another favorite place to spend the night on down the road past the ghost town in the Gila outside of Silver City......complete with hot springs.
Comment by LaGuera on January 29, 2009 at 10:52am

That ghost town is Lake Valley. There is a "public" part which is actually part of the BLM, and a private part, owned by a mining company, and that is where our homestead is. The company claims that it is too dangerous for the public to visit, but given the rich mineral deposits there (manganese, silver), they probably are more afraid of people entering mines to poach minerals. We went to the house last year, with special permission.
Comment by dolores on January 29, 2009 at 11:36am
Thanks Laguera Now the part I went to had not just the restored schoolhouse, which is wonderful, but also alot of other ramshakle buildings, mainly homes that we were able to wander through and explore. We didnt go in these as they were very dangerous looking, but never the less we were able to peek in all the windows. Im telling you it was very cool. Well you already know that. So the part of the town we were wandering in which is a true ghost town.......thats whats off limits? Maybe we were not supposed to be there.....not sure.
Excellent place to take out of towners, that is if you can still walk around. Its spooky out there. I love that.
Gosh Laguera Do you have photos? I would love to see if it is the same place.
Comment by Dave on January 29, 2009 at 12:38pm
There are quite a few bad websites about 'ghost towns', and most of them still list Hillsboro and Kingston (and Lake Valley) as ghost towns. A few summers back, after discovering Madrid is no longer a ghost town, and still being a 'green' New Mexican (meaning not having lived here long) we visited Hillsboro and Kingston. Drove into town and started walking around, said to the first person I came up to "you don't look like a ghost" and explained the whole bad web info thing. He thought it was funny, but actually had the same thing happen before, so was not surprised. We ate at lunch at a restaurant on the right side of the road. We consisted of partner and I and a straight guy friend who has long hippie hair, so the 3 of us got some funny looks in the restaurant.

Despite not being a ghost town, and neither is Kingston, they were both still fun to visit. We tried to go to Lake Valley (our last hope) but the road to it was cut off because of Spring rains flooding over the roadway. Some nice people were at a deeper flood area with a tractor volunteering to pull the cars out of the stream, as most who attempted to drive thru stalled. They were very nice, fun folks. It was entertainment for them to spend a pleasant afternoon watching the fools try to drive thru, have a laugh, then be nice guys and pull the dum-dums out.

Another great place to explore near there is Chloride. It has only about 20 people and has a lot of well preserved stereotypical old-West buildings. You drive over a ridge then thru a beautiful valley to get to it. The valley part had lots of very large cows wandering thru it, so drive slow if you visit there. Be sure to visit the graveyard, it is down a dirt road then up a hill. Worth the drive.


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