From Frommers Guide - New Mexico, 2003
By Leslie King
South of Truth or Consequences
Nine miles west of Hillsboro on NM 152, just after you've entered the Gila National Forest, is Kingston, born with a rich silver strike in 1880 and reputed to have been among the wildest mining towns in the region, with 7,000 people, 22 saloons, a notorious red-light district (conveniently located on Virtue Ave.), and an opera house. Kingston was also once the home of Albert Fall, a U.S. secretary of state who gained notoriety for his role in the Teapot Dome scandal.
Your headquarters in Kingston should be the Black Range Lodge, 119 Main St., Kingston, NM 88042 (505/895-5652), a rustic stone lodge that dates from the 1880s, and over the years has housed miners and soldiers, and was built from the ruins of Pretty Sam's Casino and the Monarch Saloon. The lodge has seven rooms—all with private bathrooms and some with private balconies—a large game room with pool table and video games, and family suites, as well as a new luxury guest house. I recommend the rooms on the north side of the building because they have windows opening to the outside rather than the greenhouse. Life here is relaxed and homey. You may want to bring your own food to prepare in the family-style kitchen. Breakfast is provided—fresh-baked bread, cereals, and health conscious additions such as soy milk and herbal teas. Rates are $79 for two, with multiple-night discounts, the guest house is $129 per night. Both chil-dren and pets are welcome, with a $5 fee for well-behaved pets.