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Shakespeare Ghost Town

Shakespeare Ghost Town Review

If you're heading southwest from Silver City (or west toward Arizona from Las Cruces), this is a fun stop. Portions of this settlement in the heart of a working ranch just outside the sleepy town of Lordsburg have been preserved as they were in the town's heyday as a gold and silver mining town in the late 1800s. Founded in 1856, the ghost town has been designated a National Historic Site, and original structures such as homes, saloons, and stables still stand. Living-history reenactments are staged four times a year—usually the fourth weekend of April, June, August, and October. You'll find no snack shops or other tourist amenities in Shakespeare, as owner Janaloo Hill (who grew up on the ranch, and died in May 2005) vowed not to compromise the authenticity of this genuine piece of the Old West. Shakespeare is about 50 mi from Silver City via NM 90 through Lordsburg.

    Contact Information

  • Address: 2½ mi southwest of Lordsburg, south of I–10 at Exit 22, Lordsburg, 88045 | Map It
  • Phone: 575/542–9034
  • Cost: $4 regular tours, $5 reenactment events
  • Hours: Tours Mar.–Dec., call for tour times and dates
  • Website:
  • Location: Silver City

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