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Mogollon Ghost Town

Mogollon

 

 

 

 

Location: Catron County, NM   Map

Found: 1880s

 

 

 

Description of Mogollon Ghost Town

Mogollon Ghost Town is an abandoned settlement in Catron County of New Mexico in United States. Mogollon was originally found in 1880's.

 

 

 

History

In the year 1870 the soldier James Cooney performed exploration work in the vicinity of the Mineral Creek canyon. On his way he found several veins of gold and silver; but, at that time, he did not make the discovery public. It was until 1876 that he returned to the site with a comrade to exploit the valuable metal, however his work was disturbed by attacks from the native Apaches. He returned two years later and soon the news of the discovery spread, which caused the arrival of more miners. In 1880 the natives rammed the miners and caused the death of some of them, including Cooney. His brother James resumed the company.

By 1890 the site grew and came to host some businesses, in addition to stagecoach service with Silver City. Also, more deposits were exploited, highlighting among them the one known as Little Fannie. This excavation, despite its high productivity, also caused serious lung diseases to workers. During this time the population grew from 3,000 to 6,000 inhabitants. There was also the presence of punters, robbers, and gunmen who gave Mogollon a bad reputation. On the other hand, several disasters would hit the town, because a series of fires and floods would devastate the place during the course of the years. In 1909 its population was about 2,000 people built certain facilities such as bakery, theater, hotels and warehouses. There were also brothels located in two "red zones".

Due to the First World War the prices of gold and silver fell, which caused many local mines to close. There was some rebound in the 1930s, but, World War II, plus a serious fire in 1942, caused the definitive decline of Mogollon. In spite of everything, it was until the 1950s that the Little Fannie mine would close operations. In 1987 the locality was declared as «Historical District». About a hundred buildings are still standing, including the Silver Creek Inn and the Coates & Moore, where there is a museum. There are about 15 people living in the site.

 

 

 

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