El Paso’s Only an Hour Away From a Town That Produced Gold
There is a place a lot of us would pay a quick visit to just to see the place a nugget of gold was made. Shoot, I would take the road trip with my kids in hopes that we would come across some gold.
Sounds crazy but hey you never know and it isn't a really long drive either.
It is similar to the Las Cruces Drive from El Paso except you're visiting Orogrande, New Mexico. Just because this unincorporated community of Orogrande in Otero County has a small population means nothing since it is known for something huge.
You may be just like me and barely became aware of a small town that is between Alamogordo and El Paso called Orogrande. El Paso is just 51 miles away from Orogrande, New Mexico which isn't that bad for a quick adventure of exploration. It is all thanks to Scott Lamb who shared some pictures on a Facebook group of Wildlife and Abandoned spots in New Mexico.
Orogrande, New Mexico is where a 6.4 oz nugget of gold had been produced in 1905 hence the name, "Big Gold" which attracted a bigger population. Sadly, it didn't last long, and eventually, Orogrande's population got smaller.
American Decay - The Modern Frontiersman crew visited the ghost town of Orogrande and even give you a tour in their YouTube video above. It is crazy as you get further into the video you will see a classic pickup truck broken down and parked at some out-of-service gas pumps.
A lot of us since high school have enjoyed exploring ghost towns just for the thrill of it. So if you're up for a road trip less than an hour away from El Paso, Orogrande, New Mexico is the place.