Pioneer Store Museum

Pioneer store museum exterior, Chloride New Mexico.
Thursday through Monday 10am-4pm

The Pioneer Store, located in Chloride and accessed via Highway 52 along the Geronimo Trail National Scenic Byway, was built in 1880 during Chloride’s short-lived silver boom, and operated until 1923. By that time most of the town’s residents had moved on, and the owners of the mercantile closed the store, sealing all of its contents inside the building.

More than sixty years later, a recently-retired couple bought the dilapidated building, and soon realized it was a treasure trove of historical artifacts (including most of the town records from 1880 to 1923).

After a four year period of restoration, the property’s furnishings and inventory were reinstalled, and the Pioneer Store Museum opened in 1998. It was subsequently added to the State Register of Cultural Properties.

In addition to the plethora of items that are original to the store, the museum contains displays devoted to the lives of former residents—along with clothing, utensils, cash registers, dental instruments, a mineral collection, and much more.