DescriptionLarge Photograph of Ghost Town Lake Valley, New Mexico Territory, ca. 1880s. Lake Valley began as little more than a stage stop in the 1870s. 1882, John Leavitt, a blacksmith, leased a claim that George Lufkin had been working. Just 40 feet away from the surface, Leavitt discovered a huge cavern lined with solid silver. This incredibly rich cavern was later named "The Bridal Chamber" because of the sparkle from its crystal encrusted wall. 1884 the railroad was extended to Lake Valley. Lake Valley became a typical mining town, with saloons open around the clock. The town had a reputation for lawlessness. A gunfighter named Jim Courtright, aka "Longhair Jim," was hired as town Marshall in 1882, and quickly brought things to order. The Kingston Stage and Express line, run by Sadie Orchard, linked Lake Valley with its sister towns, Hillsboro and Kingston. Collapse of silver in the 1890s turned her into ghost town.
Bird's-eye view albumen photograph taken by unknown photographer in the 1880s, depicts a thriving silver mining boom town. Many buildings in image, and in foreground there is a locomotive passing through. Overall measurements 14.75" x 10.50".
Condition: Very good-fine, a few scratches on albumen.
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