White Oaks Details
Status: Ghost Town
Elevation: 6,329 Feet ( 1,929 meters)
Gallery: View 1 White Oaks, New Mexico Photo
State: New Mexico
County: View Lincoln County Mines
Date Settled: 1879
Current Population: na
Peak Population: ~4,000
Primary Mineral: Gold
White Oaks History
White Oaks emerged as a tent city shortly after the 1879 discovery of gold in the nearby mountains. The town boomed, and by 1880 a post office was established and many permanent structures were being built. The population was 800 in July of 1880 and later peaked at over 4,000.
White Oaks thrived during the 1880's and the first half of the 1890's, but failed to secure a rail line through the town. Lack of train service, and decline of the mines meant the end of good times and the population dwindled by the end of the 1890's.