Welcome! We have a variety of books primarily pertaining to mining camps and abandoned towns throughout the West. Learn about mining rushes, transportation (roads, railroads, stagecoaches, early autos), and other factors that caused towns to spring up in specific locations. Find out what life was really like for the residents of these towns as they boomed and then slowly faded into ghost towns. Local newspapers covered gunfights, fires, mining disasters, blizzards, and mining frauds as well as the social activities that created a sense of community.
New Mexico has received scant attention by Western Places, and all we can offer is Richard Helbock’s New Mexico Post Offices. It’s a useful guide to determine dates for smaller communities. If you have a particular interest and would like to help develop a publication on any other town in New Mexico that has an interesting history, please contact us.