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Lordsburg, New Mexico: Shakespeare Ghost Town

Privately owned, but tours can be arranged. Billy the Kid washed dishes in Shakespeare.

Main St., Lordsburg, NM
I-10 exit 22. Drive south through Lordsburg on Main St. for about 1.5 miles, then bear right at the small "Shakespeare Ghost Town" sign onto a dirt road for one mile. Call ahead to arrange a tour. Only open on certain weekends, otherwise gated. Take water; no refreshments or restrooms on premises.
Daily 10-5 (as long as a tour guide is available). (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
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Shakespeare Ghost Town.

Shakespeare Ghost Town

Shakespeare Ghost Town is only about 2-3 miles south of I-10. The tour is excellent and led by the family who owns the property; the family ownership dates back nearly a hundred years. They have a hotel, blacksmith shed with a working forge, a powder keg vault, assayer office and more! They did indoor hangings inside one of the buildings, since the trees weren't big enough. Super cool and a great value for the price.

[Tom, 02/23/2022]
Shakespeare Ghost Town

We tried to visit in March, and I'm glad I called ahead because their hours are VERY various. The man I spoke with said that they would next be open around April 10th.

[Laura, 03/20/2010]
Shakespeare Ghost Town

Shakespeare Ghost Town is an authentic ghost town in Southern New Mexico on Interstate 10. It's owned by a family that has managed the town for generations, and most of the buildings and attractions are still intact. Plus, it's reputedly haunted. Billy the Kid, as a matter of fact, use to wash dishes in the hotel at Shakespeare, and Russian Bill and Sandy King were both hanged there. They also host reenactments and living history exhibits throughout the year.

[Jason Watkins, 06/25/2004]

Feb. 2022: Photo added.

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