Praised as the most accurate work on the subject, "Haunted Highways is a combination guidebook and history of more than two-dozen New Mexico ghost towns. Illustrated with 150 historic and contemporary photographs, it includes information on highway routes and an up-to-date map. Ralph Looney's engaging text takes the reader through such towns as Loma Parda (known in the old days as "Sodom on the Mora"); bloody Lincoln Town; Rayado, meeting place of Kit Carson and Lucien Maxwell; Reserve, where Elfego Baca produced his six-gun miracle; Mogollon, "the town that wouldn't die"; Pinos Altos, the city of the Cross; Columbus, which bears the scars of Pancho Villa's raiders; and the parade of ghosts along Highway 14 (once Highway 10): San Pedro, Golden, Madrid, Dolores, and Cerrillos.
The book is populated by the likes of Billy the Kid and Sheriff Pat Garrett; Jinglebob John Chisum, Alex McSween, and the patrician Englishman John Tunstall; wild man Clay Allison and hotelkeeper Henry Lambert; Vicente Silva, the treacherous bandit; Col. J. S. Hutchason (Old Hutch); an valiant George Curry. Native Americans are represented by the proud Victorio, Mangas Coloradas, Chief Nana, and Cochise, who led their people in resistance to the coming of the white man.
For experienced ghost-town travelers and armchair explorers, this treasure trove of history and adventure offers hours of engrossing reading.