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Friday, August 2, 2002
Sleeping in a Ghost Town
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The Lake Valley school closed in the 1950s, but is run as a museum today

The Lake Valley school closed in the 1950s, but is run as a museum today
Courtesy Lorie McGraw

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An abandoned stock chute in Lake Valley, New Mexico

An abandoned stock chute in Lake Valley, New Mexico
Courtesy Lorie McGraw

Today, Team South arrives in Lake Valley, after a hike across the Chihuahuan desert. Lake Valley boomed during the silver rush in southern New Mexico, but was completely deserted before the end of the century. During its brief life, it saw more than its fair share of cattle rustling, vigilante justice, Apache warfare, and other "wild west" dramas.

The Bureau of Land Management, which manages the town and the surrounding lands, made it part of the Lake Valley Scenic Byway and has worked to preserve the town, maintaining a museum in the old school house. The BLM caretaker welcomes visitors and protects the surviving buildings and old mine head frames. The trekkers will sleep here tonight & enjoy a special cookout & living history program, presented by the BLM.
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