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10 Wild West New Mexico Towns That Y’all Will Absolutely L-O-V-E

10 Wild West New Mexico Towns That Y’all Will Absolutely L-O-V-E

Whether you know it or not, New Mexico was the epicenter of the iconic “Wild West”. Many of its towns and cities have had quite a history. If you wanted to make it out west for the Gold Rush or the growing west coast, you either had to take the Oregon Trail then head down the coast or the southerly route, the Spanish Trail, which was far more treacherous when it came to catastrophes while traveling. Having to deal with the heat, the rugged terrain, as well as the dangers of crossing through various tribal territories, not to mention the Spaniards that still lived in the Northern plateaus of New Mexico, made it quite the journey. There is no question why it was named the Wild West, and New Mexico had a large part of the situational mishaps along the way.
In some ways, things haven’t changed… Here are 10 Wild West New Mexico Towns That Y’all Will Absolutely L-O-V-E

1. White Oaks

White Oaks is now a ghost town, with only the No Scum Allowed Saloon still in business. However, it was once a booming mining town that drew a rowdy crowd of revelers to the saloons and brothels. Naturally, it attracted a few Wild West legends including both Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid.

In 1880, a posse from White Oaks chased The Kid. The latter claimed the lawmen lacked a warrant and in the subsequent conflict, Deputy Sheriff Jim Carlyle, was shot – it’s unclear who actually killed him.



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