Ghost Town Set To Reopen One Year After Owner’s Mysterious Shooting Death
Posted by Xeno on May 7, 2012
Steins Railroad Ghost Town will formally reopen May 11, said Melissa Lamoree, granddaughter of the late Larry Link.
Lamoree, 29, said the family has been raising money and working to restore the old western town near the Arizona border to its original state. They want to keep it running because it reminds them of happier times, she said.
“My grandfather put so much work into this ghost town,” Lamoree said. “Instead of focusing on how he died, we wanted to remember the happy moments that this place brought him and share that with everyone.”
Larry Link bought Steins in 1988 with his wife, Linda, and gave private tours.
He was shot and killed last June at age 68, in what state police believe may have been a robbery gone wrong. Police said a semi-trailer used for storage on the property appeared to have been broken into, with items from inside strewn on the ground.
The killing at the ghost town, just north of the Mexico-New Mexico border, sparked fear among area ranchers since the town sits atop the state’s Bootheel, where nearby residents have long worried about drug trafficking and its related violence. The U.S. Border Patrol has recently stepped up its presence in the isolated and rugged region, and Steins rests at the end of a known trafficking route.
But Link’s daughter Pamela Link said there was no evidence her father’s death had anything to do with drug traffickers or illegal immigration. She said some border ranchers were using her father’s death for their own “political agenda” and to get more Border Patrol agents to police the area.
“This had nothing to do with protecting our borders,” she said. “Evil took him from us. He wasn’t involved with drug trafficking. He didn’t harbor illegal immigrants. He wasn’t a rancher. He didn’t even know how to raise a cow.”
No arrests have been made. …