There are over 400 ghost towns in New Mexico, some of which not only died, but vanished. You can still find a few hardy soles that live in some of them, as well as some old buildings still standing. Starting the late1800s, each had a moment of glory that blazed and died like a sudden flame. Many were mining towns, where men lusted after the earth’s riches – gold, silver, turquoise, copper, lead and coal. A few were farming communities that flourished for a time and mysteriously fell silent. Some were water stops for the steam locomotives, their usefulness gone with the advent of the modern diesel engines that ride the rails today. Some were stops on the fabled Route 66.