Pioneer Store Museum
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Explore Pioneer-Era Life at a Mining Ghost Town
Founded in 1880 after Briton Harry Pye discovered silver chloride here, the town of Chloride experienced a mining boom. In its heyday the town had nine saloons, a hotel, an assay office, and sundry other businesses to serve the some 3,000 residents who lived there. The Silver Panic of 1893, however, marked the beginning of the end for what is now essentially a ghost town set an hour west of Truth or Consequences. Visitors may take a walking tour of the two-dozen building still standing in the town, including the Doodle Dum, the workshop of longtime Chloride resident and pioneer woman Cassie Hobbs. In the Pioneer Museum, travelers can see the furniture and clothes Hobbs made, as well as various assay equipment, and pages from The Black Range newspaper that printed during the town's boom time. If you feel like temporarily boosting the town population past 11, the town offers two guest cabins—including that of town founder Harry Pye—in which you can stay the night.
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