Mogollon, NM 88039
Before I knew how to pronounce the name (muggey-own), I knew about this town. Often considered as New Mexico’s best ghost town, It has perennially been on our list to go and visit. However, it’s extreme in-the-middle-of-nowhere-ness always kept it on the list for next year. So when we started planning our path through New Mexico Mogollon was the first place on our list.
It was founded in the 1870s by a U.S. Cavalry scout named James Cooney. He discovered gold while on a scouting mission but kept his find a secret until he mustered out of the service in 1876. However, his claim was regularly under threat of Apache raids and eventually Cooney and several other prospectors were killed in what is now called the Alma Massacre by a band of Chiricahua Apache. Several years later in 1890 a post office was established and the town of Mogollon (named for Don Juan Ignacio Flores Mogollon the former spanish governor of the territory) was set as one of the richest mines and one of the wildest towns in New Mexico.