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Colorado Ghost Towns

During the late 19th century, gold fever roared throughColorado like wildfire, and mining camps and towns were literally born overnight. Seeking their fortunes, thousands of men arrived in the Centennial State in search of glittery minerals. Settlements grew up on rocky hillsides, in grassy meadows, and along creeks and rivers -- where ever gold or silver was thought to be found.

Many towns, such as Central City, Leadville, and Cripple Creek were so successful they grew into large cities, some of which were larger than Denver at the time. This mining boom brought national recognition to Colorado as one of the most lucrative places to be in the late 1800s.

Colorado has more than 600 ghost towns, most of which were mining towns, which are the most popular among visitors. There at least that many more that were established that have no remains to provide evidence that they ever existed.

Alpine Pass, CO - Tunnel Gulch Water Tank

Alpine Pass, CO - Tunnel Gulch Water Tank

Alpine Tunnel, CO - Palisades

Alpine Tunnel, CO - Palisades

Alpine Tunnel, CO - Roundtable

Alpine Tunnel, CO - Roundtable

Alpine Tunnel, CO - Station

Alpine Tunnel, CO - Station

Alpine Tunnel, CO - West Portal

Alpine Tunnel, CO - West Portal

Bent's Fort, CO

Bent's Fort, CO

Bent's Fort, CO - Interior Courtyard

Bent's Fort, CO - Interior Courtyard

Bents Fort, CO - Flag

Bents Fort, CO - Flag

Black Hawk, CO - Bobtail Mine

Black Hawk, CO - Bobtail Mine

Black Hawk, CO - Bobtail Mine Interior

Black Hawk, CO - Bobtail Mine Interior

Black Hawk, CO - Main Street

Black Hawk, CO - Main Street

Black Hawk, CO - Street

Black Hawk, CO - Street

Buckskin Joe, CO

Buckskin Joe, CO

Buckskin Joe, CO - Restaurant Saloon

Buckskin Joe, CO - Restaurant Saloon

Buckskin Joe, CO - Sheriff Office

Buckskin Joe, CO - Sheriff Office

Buckskin Joe, CO - Tabor Store

Buckskin Joe, CO - Tabor Store

Central City, CO - Area Snow

Central City, CO - Area Snow

Central City, CO - Boodle Mill

Central City, CO - Boodle Mill

Central City, CO - Gilpin County Courthouse

Central City, CO - Gilpin County Courthouse

Central City, CO - Knights of Pythia Cemetery

Central City, CO - Knights of Pythia Cemetery