Experiencing winter bird migration, 2008 travel blog

Downtown Lordsburg

Still has the Old West feel

Pedistrians have their own walkway, too

A quiet town

Windmill against a stormy sky

The clouds got thicker and darker by the time we got to Lordsburg, our turn off point for the Old West Highway.


The Apache tribe made this area their home as the natural springs here made this a watering hole between Tucson and El Paso. After New Mexico became a US Territory, the Butterfield Stagecoach Co and Pony Express established stops here on their southern route to the west coast. Lordsburg became a wild frontier tent town and life was typical of the Old Southwest. But as nearby mining, ranching, and farming developed it became a real town with brick and adobe homes, schools and churches. In the early 1920's the first airport in New Mexico was built and it was here where Lindberg, Amelia Earhart, Tom Mix and other celebrities stopped over.

It is now a popular rockhounding area for semi-precious stones. Shakespeare Ghost Town, on the National Historic Register, is located 3 miles south.

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