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Silver City Off The Beaten Path: 5 reviews and 15 photos
Driving north out of Silver towards the Gila Cliff Dwellings you will pass a half-hidden turning to Pinos Altos. But unless you are really in a hurry (and no one in a hurry should be driving winding Highway 15), do take the turning and spend a few minutes exploring this sleepy remnant of the once-Wild West. The town was founded in 1860, when three frustrated 49ers stopped to take a drink in Bear Creek and discovered gold here. Word spread, as it always did, and soon there were over 700 men prospecting in the area. Roy Bean operated a mercantile here in the 1860s before moving to West Texas to gain fame as Judge Roy Bean. Today several buildings of that era remain and have been restored, including the Buckhorn Saloon (photos two and three) which is still open for business in the evenings (but not on the morning when we visited).
The fire station in my fourth and fifth photos is not in the town itself but on the main road just before the turning (on your left). It was beautifully lit by the morning sunshine, unlike many of the more interesting buildings in Pinos Altos itself which were unfortunately in shadow. Come in the afternoon if you want to capture the saloon at its best ? and if you make it late afternoon, you?ll be able to enjoy a drink or meal here too.
Directions Six miles north of Silver on NM 15
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