Toward the latter part of March last year (2015) we did a day trip to the small ghost town of Chloride. You go north from Las Cruces for about an hour and a bit, and just past the town of Truth or Consequences you turn west off the interstate and drive on narrow (but paved) country roads into the hill country for about 25 miles. Eventually you'll come to this small grouping of old buildings, one of which is an old General store.
There is a fellow and his wife that live there and own the entire town (buildings and all) and have restored a lot of it to original condition. They have done a really nice job and are hoping to have more regular tourist type clientele to keep the program going. There is a restaurant as well that serves a great lunch at a cheap price. The General Store is also a museum and well worth the trip on it's own.
The town was settled because of a silver mine nearby ...but the rest you can read on the signs that are part of the gallery.
Enjoy the scenery.