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Steins Ghost Town

Lordsburg, New Mexico USA

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“Est. 1880”

This place is on private property. Listing for informational purposes only. Please do not visit without express permission from the land owner. Steins is a ghost town in Stein's Pass of Hidalgo County, New Mexico. It was originally called Stein's Pass after the nearby pass through the Peloncillo Mountains (Hidalgo County). The town was established in 1880 as a settlement along the Southern Pacific Railroad. Steins had no natural source of water, so all water had to be brought in by train. In 1905 a rock-crushing plant was built to produce track ballast for the railroad. By the 1910 census Steins had its peak population of some 1,300 people. In 1944, toward the end of World War II, the railway ceased operations at the Steins quarry and gave notice it would no longer subsidize water deliveries. The railway offered the inhabitants of Steins free transport elsewhere with what they could carry; most of the population accepted this offer, leaving their houses and many of their possessions behind. The Post Office in town closed at that time. Over time Steins was completely abandoned. Part of old Steins burned down, but a large section remained, and was visited by tourists. It is unusual in the old West ghost towns in having been a railroad rather than a mining town.

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Reviewed by
LiviAnnCounts

  • 1 Review
  • 6 Helpful
August 23, 2017

This Ghost Town offers tours. You just have to book them through Facebook. They offer 2 tours every month. The link to their facebook is: https://www.facebook.com/Steins-NM-Railroad-Ghost-Town-111434342314414/

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Reviewed by
perlalovesmanny

  • 3 Reviews
  • 6 Helpful
March 21, 2014

Completely gated, no access :-(

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dare2drvfast

  • 19 Reviews
  • 8 Helpful
August 25, 2013

This is closed

2 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
roadtripper414799

  • 1 Review
  • 1 Helpful
July 16, 2021

Wife and I stopped in Steins and met the owner, Larry. He gave us a detailed tour of the town with lots of interesting history. A few years later we tried to visit later, but found that Larry had been murdered by drug runners who were using his parking lot for a meet-up. Place has been closed ever since. RIP, Larry.

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Reviewed by
Cary Underwood

  • 20 Reviews
  • 7 Helpful
January 26, 2015

How do you close off a ghost town? >-

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
elonchick07

  • 12 Reviews
  • 3 Helpful
September 09, 2016
Rated 1.0

There is still a sign off the highway coming from TX advertising but when we got to Steins it was closed with no trespassing signs. It was literally right off he side of the exit. You could see the old town and take pictures but not walk around. It was a quick no merge up a hill back on the interstate west so only stop if you really want a picture (until the owner decides to open it again).

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Sarah

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March 09, 2015

Nooo i want to go here. I cant find any information on tours or anything. bummer.

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Steins Ghost Town

Lordsburg, New Mexico
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