Church at Golden


          Golden no more deserves the moniker "ghost town" than do any of the hundreds of other small communities that curl around the New Mexico landscape. At one time, the settlement consisted of many abandoned dwellings, but today it is a living community.  It is definitely worth seeing, especially to take in the beautiful Catholic church of San Francisco (shown above) on top of  the hill.


  • COUNTY:  Santa Fe
  • LOCATION:  About 30 miles southwest of Santa Fe, on NM 14, just past Madrid
  • POST OFFICE:  1880-1928
  • NAME ORIGIN:  Named for the placer gold mines in the area
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