I just read Jim's fine article, Lake Valley, New Mexico in Wild West magazine. He writes of some choice nuggets dealing with the history of the town that began in 1878 and saw it's last residents depart in 1994. He even mentions the link of the silver town to such notables as Walt Whitman, "Longhair Jim" Courtright, the Great Diamond Hoax of 1872 and a rich pocket of horn silver that was dubbed the "Bridal Chamber" - one of the richest pockets of silver ever discovered.
Looking at the map it appears to be just a hop, skip and jump for Dirtrider to pay a visit and maybe you boys can compare notes. I don't know if there is any active mining going on in that area but I imagine those who grow and deal in Hatch Chilies in the region are reaping all the profits now in this era.
Thanks Jim, for another fine "Ghost Town" article and a venture into the Old West.