The first book of the twenty-first century on New Mexico's ghost towns, this illustrated survey is based on research, interviews, and the travels of author Linda Harris and photographer Pamela Porter. They have divided the state into eleven regions comprising seventy ghost towns, from the Santa Fe Trail and Colfax County in the north to the southern mountains and the boot heel at the other end of New Mexico. For this writing, Harris has redefined ghost town to refer not just to permanently abandoned places but also to those that have declined without necessarily dying. She sheds light on the ways some towns have survived and how some have reinvented themselves, like Madrid and Cerrillos, former mining towns turned artistic and bohemian enclaves. All the towns in this book are accessible. Many have their own web sites and most have benefited from the efforts of preservation-minded residents and museum curators. Roads have been improved, churches restored, and schools have been transformed into community centres, libraries, or residences. This book will certainly entice New Mexicans and out-of-state tourists alike to pack a lunch and hit the road. Don't forget to bring walking shoes and your camera!
Publisher: University of New Mexico Press
Number of pages: 242
Weight: 544 g
Dimensions: 260 x 180 x 18 mm
"Harris captures the history and spirit of some of the Land of Enchantment's most intriguing places."
"Well-researched, well-written, "Ghost Towns Alive" makes one thing clear: appreciate now, before it's too late."
""Ghost Towns Alive" is a welcome addition to the travel literature on historic towns, dead or alive, of New Mexico."
"Stay -at-homes will find this book a pleasure to own; travelers will find it indispensible while visiting New Mexico."
"Harris leads us through solid succinct history lessons as we tour each town. . . The photos in company are wonderful."