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RECENTLY COMPLETED STUDIES OF MINING TOWNS IN NEW MEXICO


2004 AN ARCHAEOLOGICAL AND DOCUMENTARY STUDY OF THE LAKE VALLEY MINING DISTRICT, SIERRA COUNTY, NM. This 900 page report summarizes the documentary history of the Lake Valley mines. This operation was one of the earliest in southwestern New Mexico, contributing in many ways to settlement of the region. This report integrates vintage newspaper descriptions and photographs, a compilation of U.S. Census records showing the character and size of the town's population, analyses of vintage ledgers showing the quantity and character of goods that flowed through the Keller-Miller mercantile store, and detailed discussions of mining infrastructure and artifact assemblages. A PDF copy is available for a pittance of $7.50.




2002 AN ARCHAEOLOGICAL INVENTORY OF THE CARLISLE-HOMESEAD LODE CLAIMS, GRANT COUNTY, NM. Yes, Herbert Hoover, as a young mining engineer, slept here. This is an object example of a bored redneck with a new GPS that needed testing... Available for $10.00 on CD; there are some quite good photographs courtesy of the Silver City Museum

2001 AN INVENTORY OF MICA MINES IN THE LA PETACA MINING DISTRICT, RIO ARRIBA COUNTY, NM. Not as big as Cribbensville, which provided block mica for windows in the doors of Cribbens wood-fired stoves, but still interesting. Available on CD for $10.00; so send money!



1999 HISTORIC MINES IN THE PROPOSED FIERRO PIPELINE CORRIDOR, COBRE MINE, GRANT COUNTY, NM.NOW AVAILABLE IN WORDPERFECT ON CD FOR A MEASLY $10.00.

1998 MINING PROPERTIES IN THE PYRAMID SUBDISTRICT, LORDSBURG MINING DISTRICT, HIDALGO COUNTY, NM.NOW AVAILABLE IN WORDPERFECT ON CD FOR A $10.00--A PITTANCE!

1998 MINING PROPERTIES IN THE VIRGINIA SUBDISTRICT, LORDSBURG MINING DISTRICT, HIDALGO COUNTY, NM.

1998 AN ARCHAEOLOGICAL INVENTORY OF PORTIONS OF THE BLACK BIRD AND PACIFIC LODES, COONEY (MOGOLLON) MINING DISTRICT, CATRON COUNTY, NEW MEXICO.NOW AVAILABLE IN WORDPERFECT ON CD FOR A $10.00--A PITTANCE!

1998 AN ARCHAEOLOGICAL INVENTORY OF MINING PROPERTIES IN THE BURRO MOUNTAINS, WHITE SIGNAL DISTRICT, GRANT COUNTY, NEW MEXICO.


All mine photos date to ca. 1905 (Lindgren et.al. Ore Deposits of New Mexico, 1910)and have been provided courtesy of the United States Geological Survey (Denver Federal Records Center).

Mining in the American Southwest borrows extensively from Spanish terms. You may want to take a look at a short glossary of terms used prior to 1900 or so.