Chloride – this month’s featured escape!

Visiting Chloride is an excellent way to learn about life in the 1880s. After the discovery of Silver Chloride in 1879 and the subsequent “silver rush,” Chloride grew to a substantial town of almost 3,000 people. The town had multiple saloons, shops and hotels.

Chloride NM Doodle Dum, photo by Moshe Koenick
photo: Moshe Koenick

Today, Chloride is home to just 11 residents. Taking a walk down Wall Street, visitors will see that many of the original structures still stand. The old Pioneer Store is a museum; the “inventory” of the store, closed in 1923, remains on the shelves for us to peruse. Don’t miss a visit to the Monte Cristo Gift Shop and Gallery where you will find art and textiles hand made by local artists; be sure to visit with Linda Turner to learn about Chloride’s history and the evolution of this ghost town into an “off the beaten track” visitor destination. Don’t want to drive back to civilization quite yet? You can stay in Chloride at one of their three available cabins, or at the Apache Kid RV park.

Want to know more? Check out this New Mexico True TV segment!

Located just 40 miles west of Truth or Consequences, Chloride welcomes visitors from 10am-4pm 7 days a week. For more info call 575-743-2736.

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