This city of about 10,000 people was founded in 1870 on the strength of mining and today there is still mining in the area, though it is diminishing. The local economy is mostly supported by tourism, retirement and arts and is the site of the Western New Mexico University.
The town sits at 5900 feet elevation, just East of the Continental Divide. Close to the Gila Wilderness and the Gila Cliff Dwellings so we'll have a variety of recreational opportunities to explore during our stay.
Downtown, like most small towns in this part of the country, is a bit frayed around the edges, many of the buildings having been built in the late 1800's. Local artists are doing their part to add some color and bring some life back into the core. Here's a little taste of a walk downtown.
|This area doesn't get a lot of spring flowers...except on the trees!
|Downtown is a mix of old buildings and art galleries.
|Notice the colorful broken glass topper on the wall and the wonderful old gate.