By 1928, the population was so reduced that the post office closed and Golden officially became a ghost town. For years afterwards, its many abandoned buildings remained, tumbling down between its few remaining occupied structures. Golden's most photographed building is the San Francisco Catholic Church, which was restored by historian and author, Fray Angelico Chavez, in 1960, while he was the padre of the St Joseph Church in Los Cerrillos.
It was still very early in the morning when we stumbled into Golden. The first few sights were those of desperately abandoned structures—some less habitable than others. But up on a hill easily accessible by walking up a snow covered dirt road was the church—a shining beacon on a hill if you will. The brisk mountain air accompanied by the snow crunching under our feet combined to create a wonderful sense as we took up various position for making photographs.
The charm, and enchantment of New Mexico is ever present along the Turquoise Trail. You can see more at my website gallery at: http://www.costamesaphotography.com/Arizona-New-Mexico/Turquoise-Trail