Located roughly 26 miles from Nogales, off of route 82, you will find the ghost town of Lochiel.
Lochiel, established in the late 1870s, once housed a population of around 400 people. The area’s industry was based on ranching and smelting works built to serve the mines of the Patagonia Mountains. Originally named “Luttrell”, cattle baron Colin Cameron, who established nearby San Rafael Ranch, managed to get the town renamed Lochiel after his homeland in Scotland. The ranch is now a nature preserve but was owned by the family of William Cornell Greene until the late 1990s.
Lochiel is still home to a few people, but there are many well preserved abandoned buildings. These buildings include a schoolhouse, teacherage, adobe church, and abandoned U.S. Customs station.
Lochiel can be accessed by taking route 82 to Keno Springs Drive or Duquesne Road and following it until you see the town sign. The location is very close to the U.S./Sonora Border.
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