Caribou Colorado Ghost town
Caribou was the site of a very large and prosperous Silver mine. The first time I visited the site, about 30 years ago, a cabin was still standing in the valley below the site. I remember it is because that was the first time I saw a snow escape hatch or "Snow Chimney".
Photos 2002 Mike Sinnwell
A viewer writes - I ran into your website. I found it interesting that your pictures only show the remains of one stone building. In the mid-1990s there were definitely more. We hiked from the Rainbow Lakes campsite to Caribou and were caught by a thunderstorm just as we arrived. We hid in the remains of one building that still had a partial roof. It had several rooms and a large frame of a window that faced down the valley. (Sketches of that building with the window can be seen in Stampede to Timberline.) We watched lighting strike down the valley through that window. I have pictures of the building.
A viewer writes - Monday, July 12, 2010 - Rocky, your ghost town pictures fit right in with me family genealogy. For instance; I have two families in Caribou on the 1880 Census. Maybe they are known by other people as well. My Great Uncle, John Retallack, was a miner and blacksmith in Caribou and he lived there with his wife Jennie Willis, Daughter Louise, Son John who died in Caribou in 1881 age 4. and son George. The Census for 1880 shows a good many people. James Collins is a relative as well and he was in Caribou with his wife Mary and her sister Alma. James and Mary had a daughter Mary Ann who was two years old. Maybe some one will find the cemetery and little John's grave, Thanks, Velda Stubbings Chico, CA firstname.lastname@example.org
A viewer writes - Friday, November 02, 2012 -- Mike, My wife and I love to visit Colorado. We never tire of the mountains and their beauty. We especially love to visit ghost towns and off the commercially traveled areas. We have probably seen more of Colorado than a large majority of the Colorado population.
We have visited Caribou about three times, but never really looked around extensively until this last time this August. Many of the stone foundations are visible on the side of the hill opposite the stone buildings. I counted about 15-20 separate foundations outlined by rock and surrounding flat areas. I am sure there were other buildings on the surrounding hills, but my wife was afraid to venture around those areas. I wanted to see the cemetery, but we were short on time as it was starting to rain on us.
The covered mine at the end of the stone buildings was of some interest as I had not noticed this before. Was this the only mine near the town and if not where were the others? It is fascinating to hear of yours and others experiences. I hope you add more to this site. Thanks for your research in this fascinating area of Colorado. As others have said, Missouri has nothing to compare. Although I love it here in Kansas City, I look forward to visiting Colorado time and time again. My email is email@example.com and I would love to hear from you. Bob and Kelly Francisco.
Rocky Says - THANKS for visiting my site and the comments. I appreciate them. I am also glad you enjoy Colorado. In reference to your comments about Caribou. You are correct. Most people do not take the time to wander around in the area of the stone foundation to look for other items. They stop, take a couple quick photos and are on their way. Most don't even know about the cemeteries. As in most mining towns numerous mine shafts were dug. The one you saw was by no means the only one in the area.
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