The Small Town Most Often Considered Fictional

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In the Land of Enchantment
Home of the Attic of Gallimaufry

Put us in your travel plans.
You won't find us on the standard maps, but have faith.

High in the Sierra Fangoso Mountains of southern New Mexico roosts an unfolding yarn, a frontier village defying its ghost town fate.

Drop by on your vacation and get an assay check on our little community, unspoiled and largely undiscovered. Ride the Solomon Line’s old-time steam train from Las Cruces or drive the winding mountain road.

Rub elbows with present-day artists, writers, Army defense workers, and more than a few ghosts. Share a mountain breeze with the meandering myths of mining days and desperate souls of the main chance. Questions? Drop an email to our lonely webmaster. 

See you soon. But for now, take a look around. We have history, lots of it, artists, God bless them, industry, thank God, and events, scheduled and spontaneous.

And visit our village blog (Sierra Fangoso Fantasia), although most of the locals seem to have lost interest in blogging, lately; sound off, join a discussion, or give us your opinion on the state of the world.

According to Dr. Lloyd, the Rio Fangoso trail may date from the explorations of Juan de Oñate y Salazar (1550-1626) who crossed the Rio Grande near present day El Paso in 1598.

We know he passed near the Organ Mountains, and one of his men managed to drown in the middle of the desert near the Robledo mountains, named for the deceased and invested with a secret treasure. Secret treasures are a natural resource near Mudgap. Oñate may well have ventured across the Sierra Fangosos before continuing up the Rio Grande in which case he'd have marched right through present day Mudgap. He might have been the first to call it "Hueco Lodo."

The trail was considered ancient when Lieutenant-Colonel Phillip St. George Cooke established the more southerly Cooke’s Trail during the Mexican War of 1846.


Welcoming you to Mudgap since 1921


Dr. Lloyd Barnstaff Lloyd of Rockman Canyon Press sponsors research into the history of the Rio Fangoso Trail, and publishes local authors.

Apply here to become a Rockman Canyon book reviewer.

Rockman Canyon Press is a major sponsor of the Mudgap, NM website.

Morgan Freight Co.,
circa 1903.
Solomon Line's
Mudgap Station.
Roads are
much improved.
What's left of Old Man
Morgan's prodigious
manure pile.
This video was the winning entry in the Bohannon High School Class of '98 competition for "The Best of Mudgap History."'


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