Thursday, December 22, 2011

A Visit to Old Hachita Ghost Town in New Mexico

For one of our days in western New Mexico we decided to head southward from Silver City and strike out for the mining ghost town of Old Hachita. It is quite a trek from Silver City, but that’s what TexanTreks does! Adventures! So we were up before the sun and on our way.

The town of Old Hachita is not terribly hard to get to. You just need to know where it is and where to turn. From Interstate 10 take 146 southward to before heading west on 9. From the town of Hachita drive west a couple of miles. Before the road curves northward there is a gate on the left. That’s the gate to Old Hachita. Open it and head in.




The town is about a mile on the bumpy, dirt road. The dirt road splits at the top of the hill. Take a left and you’ll head to the townsite. To the right will take you to the old mine works. Make sure to visit both!



Old Hachita, New Mexico was established in the late 1870s as silver, lead, and copper mines popped up in the area. Within ten years there was a population of 300 with three saloons, two general stores, several mining companies and a steam smelting works. The life was short-lived though as the mines played out very quickly. By 1890, only 25 men remained and it was a ghost town not many years later.





We’re rock hounds so we couldn’t resist checking out the tailings pile left at the mining sites. Be careful searching around the countryside. There are numerous open pits that go straight downward. It would be quite easy to fall in if you are not paying attention. There are shafts literally everywhere.



2 comments:

  1. Sacred ground,OLD HACHITA NEEDS TO BE SAVED FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS TO LEARN FROM

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    1. Is Old Hachita in danger? It is not the most accessable site that's for sure.

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