The New Mexico Ghost Towns/Sites package features a transparent overlay printed from a modern Nevada road system and placed over the four sections of the 1900 map of Nevada. The purpose is to show the changes in the state over a period of approximately 100 years. Place names may appear on the historical maps but may be absent on the current map. The reader should note that some of the early locations were moved from time to time while others changed their names or simply failed. The reader should be reminded that some of the early place names might have been a post office operated in a ranch house or an early stage station as well as town sites. Some locations were moved from time to time while others changed their names or simply failed.
Accompanying text with anecdotal stories from the history of each of the four sections of the state appears on the reverse sides of maps #3-6. For example, White Oak, located on the SE section of the 1900 map in the central portion of Lincoln County, was the end of the line for the El Paso North Eastern Railroad. This site reached a population of 1,000 persons in 1884 but declined to only 59 persons in 1930. Additionally, Folsom, located in the NE Section, was first known as Caputien. it was dubbed “Ragtown” in the beginning because all stores and residences were housed in tents.
While perusing and studying the maps in this collection, readers should be reminded of the limitations of early surveyors who most likely used primitive equipment and limited cartographic knowledge. All maps in the Ghost Town series are reproduced from authentic documents on file from various archival collections such as the National Archives, Library of Congress and state libraries.
New Mexico Ghost Towns/Sites: Then and Now is a package, measuring 6.5″ x 9″, containing six maps of the state of New Mexico. The very readable maps (measuring 18″ x 24″ unfolded) were selected for quality, age and location details. This package includes:
Map #1, side 1 New Mexico 1900. Side 2 New Mexico populations
Map #2, side 1 Mail Routes 1902. Side 2 New Mexico 1911
Map #3, side 1 New Mexico 1900 northwest section with overlay. Side 2 is text
Map #4, side 1 New Mexico 1900 northeast section with overlay. Side 2 is text
Map #5, side 1 New Mexico 1900 southwest section with overlay. Side 2 is text
Map #6, side 1 New Mexico 1900 southeast section with overlay. Side 2 is text