This unfortunate incident in the
New Mexico's first incorporated town is only one of many.
that other mining towns in New Mexico didn't have their own share of
guys (and gals!) But Elizabethtown has a history notorious enough
to belie its pretty name. Even the hauntingly-beautiful landscape
the area, with Mount Baldy in the distance and the Moreno Valley
past, lends it an air of...well, creepiness. Or
it's just that I went on an overcast day.
Elizabethtown, or E-Town as it
came to be
known, began as a tent city in the 1860's
when gold prospectors converged on Mount Baldy. As the settlement
grew, it boasted enough enterprise (including seven salooons and three
dance halls) to make it the Colfax county seat. By 1871,
however, the mining operations had all but run dry, and a fire in
1903 spelled the
end of the town.
Elizabethtown is an easy trip from Eagle
a good day trip from Santa Fe. The ruins of a beautiful
building are visible from NM 38. A small dirt road runs up the
past the structure and a few other remains. Just past the store on the
hill is a museum, run by one of the descendents of an E-Town
Drop in and see the memorabilia on display. Donations are welcome.