For The Gold and Silver Mines of New Mexico Fortune hunters,capitalists, poor men, sickly folks, all whose hearts are bowed down and ye who would live long, be rich, healthy, and happy; come to our sunny clime and see for yourselves!

A Step Back in Time…

The Bridal Chamber, the Solitare, the Silver Monument, the Ready Pay, the Opportunity and other mines produced millions in silver and gold in Lake Valley, Kingston, Chloride and Hillsboro in the 1870s, 80s and 90s.

Long before then, the area that is now Sierra County was home to Apaches and other Native Americans; and to Hispanic ranchers and farmers and their historic churches and cemeteries.

Then came the Buffalo Soldiers and army forts, the miners, the railroads and stagecoaches, the merchants, the outlaws, the ladies of the evening and the lawmen who became a part of the lore and history of the Old West.

Sites to Look For…

Monticello: Historic Plaza, San Ignacio Catholic Church, Cemetery

Placita: San Lorenzo Catholic Church

Cuchillo: Circa 1850s Bar & Store, Stables, San Jose Catholic Church

Winston: Old School House, St.Jude Chapel, Old Post Office

Chloride: Pioneer Store Museum, “Hanging Tree”, Monte Cristo Co-op Art Gallery, Cemeteries

Engle: Old Schoolhouse, Jornada del Muerto Historic Marker

Hillsboro: Black Range Museum, Old Courthouse, Churches, Cemetery

Kingston: Percha Bank Museum (open by appointment only), cemetery

Lake Valley: Walking Tour of Old Townsite, Old Schoolhouse, Cemetery

PLEASE NOTE: Please respect private property rights. Please do not remove artifacts from any site. It is a crime to steal or destroy cultural resources on federal or state lands.