A Bit of the Rockies (August 2018)
In August 2018 we took a trip out to the Rocky Mountains to take in some ghost towns and history of Colorado.
It's been a while since we've explored the Centennial State, and as usual, it didn't disappoint.
We started the journey through parts of the Texas Panhandle to update our history along Route 66, including Conway Texas, a spot in the road that began as a small sheep and ranching community back in the 1800s. Read more about Conway - Home of the Bug Ranch HERE.
Conway, TX - Old CarPhoto by Dave Alexander, 2018. See all our stories of Texas Route 66 HERE.
As we made our way through Northeast New Mexico, Folsom provided some opportunity for history and picturesque views.
On to Colorado, we stopped at the ghost town of Ludlow and the Ludlow Massacre Monument, a tribute to those who lost their lives during the Colorado Coalfield War.
Read about Ludlow HERE.
See our Ludlow area gallery HERE.
We made our way to a friends private cabin between Hartsel and Buena Vista Colorado, about 70 miles west of Colorado Springs where we would spend the next few days exploring.
Clear Creek Canyon, north of Hartsel around Clear Creek Reservoir is home to several "ghost towns" from the regions mining heydays.
In southern Park County Colorado, about 33 miles north of Canon City, just off Highway 9, Guffey is a ghost town with a twist of quirkiness, making for a fun visit.
Sitting on the side of Battle Mountain about 12 miles southeast of Avon, Colorado is the old company town of Gilman. The now-abandoned town was originally founded in 1886 by miners searching for silver, but later became a center of lead and zinc mining.
Read about Gilman HERE
See our Gilman-Red Cliff gallery HERE
It wasn't all ghost town adventures though. We made our way to Canon City to experience Skyline Drive.
Canon City, CO - Skyline DriveSkyline Drive in Canon City, Colorado. Photo by Kathy Weiser-Alexander. Read about this thrilling 2.6mile road that provides unparalleled views of the area and a bit of adventure dating back to 1905 in our article Canon City Skyline Drive.
There's much more about this area that we've written about before.
See additional articles
On our way home, we stopped at the oddity that is the Genoa Wonder Tower
Keywords: Beaver City, Canon City Skyline Drive, Clear Creek Canyon, Colorado, Conway, Folsom, Ghost Towns, Guffey, History, Ludlow, New Mexico, Rockdale, Rocky Mountains, Texas Route 66, Vicksburg, Winfield
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