Welcome to the Hillsboro Historical Society


Hillsboro, Kingston and Lake Valley developed in 1877-1882 with the discovery of gold and silver. The towns were interconnected and the history of one cannot be discussed without the others.  Mining created the towns, but cattle, sheep and goat ranching provided a more economic stable base.  When the mines played out, Lake Valley became a ghost town; Hillsboro and Kingston are now quiet villages with a mix of old families, writer, artists and retirees.  But the towns remain surrounded by large ranches, some still owned by the original families descendants.

Hillsboro Historical Society was formed in November of 2006.  We saw as our mission to collect, preserve and interpret the history of the Black Range Mining District.  Our goal is to present historical programs and exhibitions to enhance the public knowledge and appreciation of our unique local history.

We have approximately 2000 photographs, documents and other historical artifacts in our collection that are available for personal research.

Hillsboro is a rural town in Sierra County, New Mexico.  Along with surrounding communities of Kingston, Lake Valley and Tierra Blanca there is a combined population of 200.

Protecting, Interpreting and Promoting the Mining and Ranch Heritage of Northwestern Sierra County.

Introducing AmazonSmile to the HHS website. 

When users shop on AmazonSmile, the retailer's Foundation contributes 0.5% of eligible purchases to the charity of your choice. This can add up through time and has the potential to monetarily preserve the Black Range Museum and annexes. Add Hillsboro Historical Society as your charity today!


PO Box 461

Hillsboro, NM  88042


T: 575-895-3321



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