Elizabethtown, New Mexico

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Elizabethtown, New Mexico
Elizabethtown is located in New Mexico
Location within the state of New Mexico
Elizabethtown is located in the United States
Elizabethtown (the United States)
Coordinates: 36°37′9″N 105°17′4″W / 36.61917°N 105.28444°W / 36.61917; -105.28444Coordinates: 36°37′9″N 105°17′4″W / 36.61917°N 105.28444°W / 36.61917; -105.28444
CountryUnited States
StateNew Mexico
8,481 ft (2,585 m)
Time zoneUTC-7 (Mountain (MST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-6 (MDT)
GNIS feature ID928727[1]

Elizabethtown is an unincorporated community in Colfax County, New Mexico, United States.[1] It is located just off New Mexico State Road 38, between the communities of Eagle Nest and Red River. Elizabethtown is just east of the Carson National Forest. The community is a former mining town, and lies northeast of Scully Mountain, and west of Baldy Mountain.


Elizabethtown, mining relics, 1939
Church at Elizabethtown (1943)

Mostly a ghost town now, Elizabethtown began in 1866 with the founding of area gold mines and the Mystic Copper Mine. It was New Mexico's first incorporated town. Founded by the commander of Fort Union (north of Las Vegas, New Mexico), Captain William H. Moore, and named for his daughter, Elizabeth Catherine Moore. Nicknamed "E-Town," the town grew to over 7000 residents at its height of prosperity in 1870, and it was designated the first seat of the newly formed Colfax County. In 1872 there were only about 100 residents left as the mines dwindled, and the county seat was moved to Cimarron. The town revived somewhat when the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad passed nearby in the early 1890s, making mining feasible once again. The village was also part of the Colfax County War. A fire took most of the town in 1903, and the town mostly died out by 1917 with the decline in the mines.

Serial killer Charles Kennedy lived between Elizabethtown and Taos, luring weary travelers to dine and stay with him at his cabin; he may have killed 14 or more people.[2] Kennedy was killed by a group of angry vigilantes, led by the notorious Clay Allison.


Location of Elizabethtown is 36°37′09″N 105°17′04″W / 36.61917°N 105.28444°W / 36.61917; -105.28444 (36.619198, -105.28445).[3]

The elevation is 8481 feet (2585 m).

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  1. ^ a b U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Elizabethtown
  2. ^ Story of Charles Kennedy - at Legends of America
  3. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.

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