January 12, 2010

I Love Ghost Towns

Ghost towns are spread across our country. Probably more of them are west of the Mississippi than east of the river. Towns that once were meeting places of people, complete with stores, post offices, schools, churches, and sometimes much, much more.

One of these ghost towns is Golden, New Mexico. I chose to make that the setting for my Summerside Press novel that releases May 1. Actually, Golden is the site of the first gold strike west of the Mississippi, even before the one in Colorado and the one in California. Some mines had an abundance of the ore while others soon played out.

In 1890 when my book takes place, the town of Golden, which lies along the Turquoise Trail that meanders from Albuquerque to Santa Fe, was a bustling place. Commerce, banking, a stock exchange were part of the fabric of the town.

Unfortunately, when the railroad went through Los Cerrillos to the north, Golden lost its place as the center of this mining area. So when the mines played out, so did the town.

Now only a blip on the map, Golden is a one-stop tourist town. But in its heyday, it really was something.

Love Finds You in Golden, New Mexico, releases May 1. You can find out more about the book at this link:



brendalottakamaggiebrendan said...

Lena, the cover of your book is just beautiful! I love stories set in the West!

Vickie McDonough said...

What a beautiful cover, Lena. Can't wait to read your book.

Carla Gade said...

I agree, it is a beautiful cover!
That is so interesting about those ghost towns. Once the mining slowed or stopped the towns just put up.

Tina Dee Books said...

The cover is gorgeous! I can't wait to read what's behind it!

Thanks for sharing with us about Golden, NM.

Debbie Gail Smith said...

I love ghost towns, also. You've caught my interest.

Stephen Bly said...

We drove by Golden on a recent trip to Albuquerque for R&R&R. . .great setting. We also like the cover for your new book!

On the trail,