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This Ghost Town site has been in operation for approximately ten years. During that time we have received many kind words of encouragement, general comments about the Ghost Towns, the site, and perhaps most interesting are some of the comments about a particular Ghost Town and the viewers personal experience with that Ghost Town or Towns. Due to the size of the Ghost Town Guest book I needed to move some of the comments about the Ghost Towns into this area. Please enjoy and a sincere THANKS to all of you that have provided your support.  Mike Sinnwell

Thursday, December 29, 2011

My family lived in Grover when I was born in 1951. My dad was Mayor and my mom City Clerk.

Monday, December 26, 2011

my husband and i lived in russell gultch back in 88-91,we lived across from the fort(Howard our friend lived in the fort at this time. In back of us to the side Robert lived. and Candy from Texas,sometimes lived in the lil red cabin,up straight behind us.Our names are Randy and Rochelle Barr..Randy was a fire fighter,and I worked at indian springs resort. we loved the gultch...had wonderful times and great memories, we partied hard and met great people

Sunday, December 18, 2011

My fiancée and I decided instead of marrying in Oklahoma, we would do it in Colorado (she having lived in Colorado Springs before). She decided on the location: Villa Grove, Colorado, where we stayed at a wonderful bed-and-breakfast. The next day, after obtaining a licence from the Saugache County Courthouse, we went to Bonanza, toured that tiny ville, then to Exchequerville, the ghost town one mile above the "City" of Bonanza. Exchequerville is a true ghost town, nothing remains but the cemetery, and a Forest Service building. On where we estimated the original main street of Exchequerville was, we married, on 7 September 2007, under the trees and mountains, with only a chipmunk for a visitor. After taking our wedding photos (she of me, me of her), we then went back down into Villa Grove, and asked the two waitresses at the restaurant (one of whom my wife knows) to witness our signatures on the licence. On the last day, we went back up the Forest Service road (in a Honda - not recommended), stopped by Exchequerville to take in the beautiful area one more time, then on to Summitville. That ghost town is where we consider having spent our honeymoon. It was also my first encounter with a bear. The bear was sitting in the middle of the Summitville Road, and refused to move just for a mere Honda. We couldn't back the Honda down the road, as it is steep, narrow, full of curves and large rocks. No room to turn around either, and we didn't want to upset the bear. We stood facing off each other for about ten minutes (with me trying not even to breathe), until the bear got bored and lumbered off. After we spent the day in Summmitville, we left via the road north out of town. When we returned the next day to Saugache to register our marriage, the County Clerk noted we had put the place as Exchequerville, and said she could not find any record of a marriage there for over a hundred years. The Saugache Crescent Newspaper (the nation's only remaining lead type newspaper) ran a wedding announcement for us, complete with listing of Exchequerville as the place we exchanged our vows, and sent us a copy of the paper in Oklahoma. Now we live in the Nebraska Panhandle, and I am itching for a trip back to that beautiful place where we were married, I just want to take something different than our Honda.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

My fiancée and I traveled to Villa Grove, Colo. from Ponca City, Okla. to marry. We chose to marry on what was (likely) the main street of the ghost town of Exchequerville, one mile from Bonanza. All that remains in Exchequerville today is the cemetary and a Forest Service building. It was beautiful and private, and the only guest was a chipmunk. The next day we left Villa Grove and took the Forest Service road out of Bonanza past Exchequerville to the ghost town of Summitville, a real trick in a Honda. That mining town where we spent our day is where we consider to have spent our honeymoon. On leaving Summitville to the north, we encountered a bear parked in the middle of the road, staring at us for about five minutes. That was my first encounter with a bear in my life, and I had no intention of moving or startling it, or even breathing if I could help it, being only about ten feet from the car when we saw it. That whole road from Bonanza to Summitville and north out is stunning scenery (except the Superfund cleanup site at Summitville). I would recommend to anyone who wishes a scenic drive that road, though in something more substantial than a Honda.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Wonderful memories of Roggen. My dad grew up there. We lived there when I was a baby. We visited our relatives (Kersen's and Linnebur's) at least once a month until we moved to Texas. I still get out there whenever I'm back in Colorado. Great site! Lynda Kersen

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

This brings back a lot of good memories of Gilman and there was no better place to grow up at. Always go there in thoughts when thinking of being a kid. My dad Glenn Wise was a schoolteacher at the school in Minturn and live there until 1975 when we moved away. Love to share memories Randy Wise

Sunday, November 20, 2011

We live in south Texas but enjoy vacationing in CO. Like your interesting photos and the comments of your readers.keep up the goodnwork. Mary, Castroville, Tx

Saturday, November 12, 2011

I lived in Keota in 1944-1945. I was a freshman in the two story highschool. Mrs. E. Fae Oram was our teacher. There was 12 in high school that year. My name is Marion Cole. We lived in the parsonage that year, my dad Glen Cole drove the school bus and was janitor at the school. My uncle and aunt were Cecil and Maxine Plowman who lived on the homestead about 5 miles west of Keota. I have pictures to share of the students there at the time and noticed a message from Evelyn Stanley. I would love to hear from anyone who was there at the time. Margaret & Evelyn Stanley, Vera, Leona, Wayne Hart. Clyde & Dee Jay Shull. Kinnisons, Benners, Weiss, Rohns & others.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

My name is Ann Dunning McKenna. My father, Paul Dunning, was born in Sunset, Colorado in 1901. His father, Hugh Dunning, was mining in the area. His mother, Besse Hatch Dunning was a school teacher in the little school. My email is

Saturday, November 05, 2011

Lived in Gilman from 1959 to 1977 loved it. Worked in the mine the summer after I graduated from high school in 1977.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Hi my name is Joan A. (Boyd) Church, my Father was born in the Hugo depot in 1878 to JG Boyd or Joseph G. Boyd and Kate Boyd. I know it may seem strange, but very true. I was born late in Dads life. Granddad worked at the railroad, can anyone share something they may have Joan Church Pinehurst Id

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Excellent photos, Mike. Please keep up the good work and fine images. Look forward to exploring again with you someday. God Bless. Will Citta

Rocky Says - ME Too - Send me your email address and we will do it.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Just wanted to say Rocky, what a Great Job and Wonderful website, I am Missourian and Colorado is my favorite State. And I just Love and Enjoy your Colorado material and Ghost towns of Colorado.... As Always keep Up with the Great Job Rocky!! I look forward in reading all your New updates and Etc... From a Fellow Ghost Towner here in MO. Thanks, Chris Cooper @

Sunday, October 23, 2011

That is a Ghost of a story. Sure makes for great reading. Somewhat exaggerated, but good reading and who doesn't like to be the topic of the day! Thanks for the great time. Dawn

Rocky Responds - Okay Dawn admit it is true....  The great mud bog incident.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Hi.... I am new to the Denver area... I am doing a report on Gillman, but I am having a hard time finding info...Did the EPA maken the residents leave.... need lots of info... email me if you have info

Sunday, October 16, 2011

What a wonderful family connection you have with Winfield! Roots like that are rare and special. May you and yours always have that connection... Don & Bobbe

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Paradox and Bedrock are interesting towns. This is a version of the story of the Cashin mine is about Slim Hecox, a watchman that was known to carry money. He was killed at the mine and he was beheaded. he was found after a few days and buried. they captured the killers and found his head and dug up the body and put his head in the short casket and reburied him.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

I hope to visit the Ludlow Massacre Memorial on a visit to Taos, I live in Canon City and it is a chore to find anything written about the us labor movement, its importance to our society-generally it has been written out of most current us history books or trivialized.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

my great grandparts were born in kelly NM last name sanchez and baca my grandfathers name was florentino sanchez he was born march 5 1876 he died may29th 1942 married my great grandma thomasita bacca she was born march 1 1880 she died june 23 1952 in berkely ca they had a son josph sanchez and a sister i dont know her name hoping i may find family e-mail me.

Friday, September 30, 2011

My family had move to Blackhawk in 1969,I was in the sixth grade my brothers were younger we to school at Clark elementary. The next year I went to Clear Creek High In Idhoa Springs yes it was a fun place to be a teenager we Live in Blackhwak Trailer Park it was on maaine accross from the Lace House and the Gilpin Hotel. My parents manage the trailer oark. My Step father work for the Opera House Assoiation, My mother and I worked in the summer for tree summers. I have a lot of memories of the opera house and Teller House Hotel, some of homes the that they used for apartments for the actors. The winters were ghost towns but in the summer with all the tourist it came a live, thanks for this website.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

very cool site. i'm from gypsum, colorado and i love looking back into the history of colorado. i miss it now, but come home a few times a year, especially for Christmas. That's when we go snowboarding at cooper and pass minturn, gilman & redcliff along the way of highway 24. i came across this looking for info about gilman b/c i was always intrigued by it and i miss colorado.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Hi, My name is Wade, and I grew in Eagle Colorado in the 1970's, the closest town to Fulford. When we were teenagers we did a lot of hiking in the New York range with my father, and often did some prospecting while we were out. We researched "The Lost Buck Rogers Mine" which was also written up as the story "Snowslide on Slate Mountain." After several years of searching and reseraching, we ended up finding and following the original map and directions to the mine portal (entrance) we found a lot of evidence of their camp and mine. We found all of the map clues, and even found some of their old metal and tools. There were square nails and rotting timbers, and a cabin foundation. It appeared they moved the cabin to the portal when the weather got severe and the snow piled up. It is located above timberline and it still snows or rains almost daily in that spooky valley between the peaks. We found the location... but it is so covered with boulders it would take teams of men and heavy equipment to re-open the entrance... And since you have to descend on a rope to get into the valley in the first place, it would be almost impossible to uncover. But I still remember the excitement of finding the last remaining clue from the map, still in tact. It's a true story. It's a grave-site up there now, and we meet there on occasion, my brother and I. So spooky and chilly...yet so beautiful... It remains one of my most favorite places on the earth. And I've seen a lot of them.

Monday, September 26, 2011

I'm not sure how, but I stumbled in here and found the Roggen, Colorado page. I scrolled down and what should appear but photos sent in by Gene Calvert of his family's motel. On October 3, 1952 (according to my Dad's diary) we stayed there on the return trip to Minneapolis from a rare vacation. I was eight years old. Of course the way things worked in those days, you just kept driving until you saw a "Vacancy" sign. Dad would stop the Buick and then always go with the proprietor to look at the room. If it passed inspection, that was your spot for the night.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Wow, I remember Gilman. My dad, worked at the mine for 27 years. We lived in Minturn but a lot of my friends lived in Gilman. I remember the ride up Battle Mountain. We drove through there about fifteen years ago and I still got car sick. I remember old Dr. Stanley, he set my arm when I broke it in first grade. His nurse gave me all my shots, I think she was Mrs. Burnett. We also shopped at Murphey's, remember that huge walk-in fridge. I used to love going in there to get milk and eggs. When I was little I was so afraid of visiting friends in Gilman because I was afraid of falling off the side of the mountain. That whole area, including Minturn is becoming one big extension of Vail. Being a Hispanic kid, non-skier, and fluent Spanish speaker, the only memories I have of Vail and the Vail kids is of them making fun of us so please forgive me if I'm not too thrilled about seeing another bit of my happy childhood obliterated by Vailization.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Wow, I can't believe I found this site! I was looking for a new desktop image, and I thought I'd Google "Tolland." I grew up in Tolland; my parents were the caretakers. We lived in the little house just down the hill from the schoolhouse. I have hundreds of fond memories of fishing, kite-flying, walking the dikes with my mother, camping, driving up Giant's Ladder, and of course battling the SNOW. Lovely photos and fascinating article about your great-aunt (oddly enough, as a young adult, I also lived in Grand Junction). Thanks for sharing! --Maggie Alvarez (Hunsaker, as a girl)

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Back in 1972, I was 18 and was working in a nursing home. One of the people I cared for was a gentleman by the name of Albert Lavato. He suffered from what I know now was Alzhiemer's, but he talked a little about where he grew up. I always thought it was fiction until I look it up one day. He would tell us, "I grew up in Russel Gulch, Colorado. My dad was a minor and my mom was the town whore." I don't know if that was true, but he was consistant about where he came from. Are there any records of an Albert Lavato from there?

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Hi, my name is Ralph Kemptner, I believe my great grandfather Ernest Owen Kemptner was mayor of Jamestown for a short while, some time around 1930. I'm told he also owned a silver mine. I would love to have any information reguarding him that is available. My email address is

Monday, September 05, 2011

September 5, 2011 My dad (Tom Hollenbaugh) passed away in May. He was 77. I remember him bringing me to, as he called it, "The old Baltimore". He told me stories about how when he was young his parents use to go there for long weekends in the summer. He remembered one time spending a whole summer there painting the cabins. Last weekend my husband and I took a drive to the area so I could reflect on spending happy times with my dad. We were unable to find the exact road that would take us to the cabins. When my dad had taken me there about 15 years ago he had to get permission from a gentle man living in a cabin near by. Is that still the case or can my husband and I come for a visit some time, providing we can find the correct road? Thank you, Angie

Rocky Responds - Yes - it is on Private property so you need permission. (And the road is hard to find)

Friday, September 02, 2011

My Great Grandfather, Jeremiah Thomas arrived in Nevadaville sometime after 1863. In 1868 he married Ellen Jenkins in Central City and in 1869 their first son, Charles was born. Three daughters were born in Nevadaville, but all died during their first year of life. The Thomas' left Nevadaville in about 1873-74 for Alta, Utah and then in 1876-77 to Willow Creek, Montana. Have travelled to the area a couple of times trying to find more info, especially on mining records. No luck. Jack Thomas, Bennett, Iowa

Rocky Suggests - Check with the Colorado Historical Society and the Denver Public Library Western History section.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Thanks. I did find little "Vancie" William Lanyon buried at the Bald Eagle Cemetery. It was wonderful to find it and thanks for your help. signed Sharon Lanyon Pierce

Sunday, August 28, 2011

my wife and I stopped there on our honeymoon. we visited with a lady that lived in the assay office and she told us of a man that live there by the name of Jackson that would give you a tour but he was gone at the time some one was living in the large ranch hous on the north end. AT that time there were old cars left around and we went to a mine , elevator and engine that run it was still there and tools. retuned years later and every thing was gone. First visit was 1956 later visit 1999.This was quite a thrill to see as if everyone had just left. On the return trip It was disapointing to see how things had changed. and thank you Rocky . David and Jeanette [] and still married. 55years

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

I rode over Rollins Pass on my bicycle in 1979. I remember I had to pick the bicycle up and carry through the tunnel. As I went down the other side of the pass (toward Boulder direction, I think), it started to snow and hail; I thought it was funny and started singing Christmas carols, until I realized it wasn't letting up. I made to the bottom of the pass thoroughly drenched and near frozen. I had just finished a group ride over 8 passes and decided to tackle Rollins on my own before I went home to southern California. I have a cool pick but don't knokw how to upload it. Laurie, San Diego, CA

Monday, August 22, 2011

I was real glad to see that Sunshine is still around. My Great-Grandfather L.E. Girard was a resident of Sunshine in the early 1900's. He ran a general store in Sunshine before becoming a State Senator for Colorado,

Saturday, August 13, 2011

I am Mary Beth LYCAN MIller. I was born and raised in Illinois. On vacation as a child, I saw the sign to Lycan Colorado. I did write to the town, {this was way before internet)and was told that a family named Lycan moved from Paris, Il to Colorado, and named the town. This family was related to my family, but not closely. I do not remember any more details, and this was in the late 1960's. that is about all that I tell you now. If you want to contact me Beth62707@

Friday, August 05, 2011

i am trying to find out how the lamertine mine got its name. i am researching lamertine geneolgy and i have a old letter from my ggg grandfather saying they were headed to colo. i think colo was a stop but i don't know for how long. they ended up in montana. my email is if anyone can help i would appreciate it. his name was alex lamertine

Sunday, July 31, 2011

It was nice seeing pictures of Ward. I grew up here and seeing some of the places me and my brothers and sisters played bring back some wonderful memories. I sure do miss those carefree times! Rick

Sunday, July 31, 2011 Chris I have tried this before,I don't think I did it right then.I'm sure I wont do it right now.My email is dianelucenti@ you get this let me know.Your pal deedee

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

I saw the viewer comments on the "long" cabin just south of Georgia Pass and it brought back some memories! In the 1970's I visited with this fellow a number of times while doing geologic evaluation of his and other properties in the area. He was quite a character and loved to talk mining and drink beer. He has some partners from Chicago at that time who stayed in Fairplay and provided money and beer for his annual mining season. One of the last times I saw him was on a cold, fall day when we were looking as some prospects near timberline not far from his cabin. It started to snow and blow, so we retreated to the cabin for what passed for coffee in his world and some warmth. The cabin was actually quite snug, if dark and a bit dirty. The windows on the north side looked out at the hill sloping up the the jeep trail a few yards away. I looked up to see if the snow was sticking and was more than a little surprised to see a pair of attractive female legs and red shorts. The rest of the person being cut off from view by the top of the window and the overhang of the tin roof. She was a part of a family of four who had driven over the pass from the south the previous afternoon, in a Trans Am, and had spent the night stuck a couple of miles over the pass in a mud hold with the transmission hung on a rock. They had a cold night of it, and were near hypothermic when they got to the cabin, but had enough floor mats and the like to get them a few miles. They were happy to have a ride back to Denver, and I was glad to help them out even if it cut my trip a bit short. I always wondered what it cost to get the Trans Am towed out of there. Steve Rose Reno, NV

Friday, July 22, 2011

Greetings to all my friends who may still be in Oak Creek, and to those "ghosts" that have moved to parts unknown!!! I lived in Oak Creek from about 1970 to '74. I mined coal at Gordon Steele's mine the Apex. We worked in a 52 inch vein about a mile in. Ruby's Cafe was the main eatery at the time. Owned by the Cady's who lived at the top of the hill. I bought their old 1939 Chevy from Mr. Cady for $75 bucks unseen! The ad was in Ruby's window. Within an hour the transaction was made and the doors of the old shed near their house was opened. There, under 1/2" of dust was a beautiful old Chev. I got in, let it roll out, popped the clutch and it started right off!! After touring the town to show it off I drove it to Denver that night and back the next day!! The Chev was purchased from the Hagman's Garage and Dealership down on Main st. You still have a pic of the bldg. at the N.W. end of town the big white bldg. with the two large picture windows. As I recall, the Hagman Chevy Dealership was the only place to by a Chevy between Denver and Salt Lake for years. When I first moved to Routt County, it was to cut the ski runs for the now defunct Stagecoach Ski Area. The numb nuts who had this great idea suddenly realized that there was no elevation to the hills to speak of. It wasn't until after I was gone that the land was bought and made into the lake it is now. Regretably flooding a nice little valley just East of Phippsburg. A fond memory of P-burg was when the two ladies who worked at the Phippsburg Cafe (part of the railroad owned Hotel) would set homemade pies on the window sill to cool. On some mornings to could smell the delicious aroma from the Yampa Cabins all the way to the Oak Creek High school!!! wow! I have run on long enough. I will close by saying good bye to all my friends who live with me in my memories: Clay and Jane, Gordon and his brother, the Cady's, the Hagmans, Lonzo and his Mom, Jerry Dubin ( who painted the cherries on the youth center, snicker ), Laura at the Inn, Pat and Hubby Kamakaris (?), Dave White at the Circle R, Charlie and Sylvia, Bruce Campbell (yes that Bruce Campbell), and all my bud's at the bar..on both sides of the street. Kris Kaub

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Plan to visit soon, your site is very helpful.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

my name is arnold madrid, i live in mammoth az now. but i lived in gilman in 64 to 71. the town was so nice to live in. the people were very nice too. memmories: the sled riding down the mine road, the climbing of the stairs during the winter,the school slide, mrs crayon the school teacher, the long slide and the teetertotter that was there, im wondering what happen to the school bell? the lil store up town was ran by mr murphy, i still remember our box number #46. the lil clinic was awesome now that i think of the place.we would go play at the timbers, anthony valdez and i were best friends, back in the days.during the summers, wow, never had a dull moment there.there was bible group that would come down, we would go sing songs,fishing there was awesome,every fridays and saturdays, if you drove down the mine road, the first house there was white and green trimming, thats where i lived. we all caught the bus in front of the mine parking lot. mr abrams was the bus driver, and mr sadoval from red cliff.from the house we lived in ,then we moved to the last street,the first house there, the rivieras lived there, i remember the watchman there, mr jinkins i believe,his lil round glasses and his beard, i was always afraid of him, i dont no why, but i was. my dad was a miner there at the mines.amadeo madrid was his name, they called him nickname (horse). i remember the story of the guy that got buried by the snow that collapsed on brother steve knew email is and my phone nmber is 520-487-2212, id like to hear from people that lived there also. we thank u rocky for this page also.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

i lived there in Gilman in 65 to 71, beautiful country

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Hi chris,it's me deedee.I don't know if I'm doing this right.Please let me know!!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

I lived in Gilman from 1952 to 1956; my dad was Staff Geologist. Had Mrs. Cryan for kindergarten my last year there -- and I have the class picture to prove it! It was a great place to be a kid. My brother was born there in 1953. So many memories -- walking down the hill to meet my dad and walk home with him, playing in the woods, playing on the tailings piles (my sister and I joke that we still glow in the dark), walking down the street with my eyes closed (hey, I was 4 years old) and falling off the rock wall (fortunately I landed in a sandbox), going down to the Rod 'n Gun in Minturn for picnics, getting 57 splinters in my hand from the teeter-totter. We lived next door to the Phillips; the Jim and Fee Brown (and their sons Doug and Lyle) lived one house away. Mrs. Cryan lived at the far end of the street and the Webbs lived above us (Donna Webb and I have kept in touch for 59 years). Von Bristow was the school superintendent. If you'd like to share memories, my name then was Randi Westphal (now Gallivan),

Friday, July 15, 2011

Animas Forks Colorado is our family favorite. Many Labor Day weekends were spent there. The magic of the townsite is unmatched. We used to "go to town" with a lantern and boombox and dance in the bay window house [called the Walsh house]. What splendid memories! This was back in the late 70's into the 90's. Our kids and grandkids are actually going up there this weekend. I wish I were going along. JuneCal Albuquerque, NM

Friday, July 15, 2011

What a treat. Grew up in N.M. in the 40s and 50s, played baseball in Santa Rita and went through Hanover more than once including a stop while on a trip to Silver City in the 80s when my wife and I toured many a NM "Ghost town". We have a couple of pint milk bottles from the T & M Dairy in Hanover. On the opposite side of the bottle is "T & M Dairy Ice Creak...Delicious ...Hits the Spot" with a target and a sherbert glass ice cream. The bottle is dated C42, which means 1942. Al Duitman, Cape Coral, Florida.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Hi there. My great-great grandfather, Thomas Lanyon was a miner in Nevadaville. He married Susie Louise Vance (Lanyon) who was a teacher there in the late 1880's. Thomas came from Cornwall England to Nevadaville. I am trying to find child of theirs (William Lanyon) who was buried there. (not the Russell Gultch Cemetery as thought) Please give info if available. Also how do i find out about which mine Thomas Lanyon worked in? Thank you so much for this site , signed Sharon Lanyon Pierce!!

Thursday, July 07, 2011

hello my name is elise renee gingerich, age 39 i just had a birthday on may 17th of this year, i currently live in sweet little Lawrence Kansas Usa and i think these pictures are really Really cute and i'm not just saying that, because i really Adore prarie dogs, Alot and i hope that they continue to survive even with us humans seeming to destroy everything around us, but anyways, Thank You and Have a Nice Day Please do!

Saturday, July 02, 2011 of luck hunting in the fall....have fun brother and see you soon....buck carlisle pa. 17013

Saturday, July 02, 2011

My name is Doris (Dougherty) Truby and I lived in Jamestown (only our elders called it Jim Town) from 1949 until about 1965,although I went back very often to visit my Grandparents;Dave and Ruth Goodard. My children got to enjoy this homestead until 1981 when Dave passed. I have only been back once as I now live in North Carolina and that was about 7 or 8 years ago. My Mom was Inie(Inez)and my Uncle Al lived in Jamestown until recently.I was very surprised to learn my cousins Charlie and Rosie were still around! I'm the girl with the braids standing next to Charlie in the Reed class photo. I remember the Jeske family very well, especially Mike,for someone that was special, he was the only one that remembered my birthday many years after moving away. When I visited Jamestown I was saddened at the decline of Grandpas house but amazed that MY house was in very good shape and being lived in. Often thought of writting my memories of life there,as my Grandchildren love hearing about 'back then'. Names that pop into my head are; Dean and Gene Sapp, WillaJean and AlphaMay Hamlin, Larry Upp, Mrs. Lively, Trista Perrin (her father was the preacher) Dennis Reed, 'Monk' and Grace Gunn, the Jansens and the Coatsworths...lots of names lots of very dear memories!! My email add.;

Friday, July 01, 2011

Drove in family car east to west through tunnel #32, Needle Eye, and over the two bridges. No problems. Took my Dad who had gone from Denver to Corona and return about 1915. The railroad "Town" was Corona, the pass is Rollins Pass. There is no Corona Pass. In about 1982 I came up from Winter Park in a 4WD and drove almost to the west portal of the tunnel, #33, at the Loop. In 2005 I again came up from Winter Park in a 4WD, drove past the Loop and then on the old wagon road to the parking area north of Needle Eye tunnel. Then down the zigzag toward Yankee Doodle Lake, but not without hanging the transmission on a rock and working 1.5 hours to get myself loose. I then had to go up a slippery slope that acted like loose shale, then down to YDL. I do not recommend this trip, even in a 4WD, as the zigzag section below the parking area was steep and had a lot of loose gravel.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

I just left a coment about Salina and did'nt leave my email address. My name is Bill Saunders and I live in Superior, Colorado. My email is: Hopefully you can put that on my first message. I would like to find some picures of the old house.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

I lived in Salina when I was six or seven years old. We lived in the house just east of the cafe (up the stone steps) and across from the church. That was in 1955 or 56. It's gone now (I guess the fire got it last september). I've been trying to find pictures of the house, but so far have found none. Bill Saunders in Superior, Colorado

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Hey this is a great site - I came across the Tolland ghost town section, which is near where I live; have you heard of the Altitude Paranormal Group? They came hunting for ghosts at the Stage Stop in Rollinsville, which is near Tolland. There is a report on the website (scroll down through the postings). It's pretty cool. Thanks!

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

I worked for Isabelle Cross at the Log Cabin Corner general store the summers of 1971 and 1972. Great experience. Have always wondered what happened to the property since. I am Leslie (Butterfield) Wetherford e-mail:

Saturday, June 11, 2011

My name is Elaine and I have looking for information on a town in Colorado named Wren. If anyone has any information or can tell me where to look I would greatly appreciate it.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Hi it's Elaine again. Sorry I forgot to give you my email address. It is Thank again for any help.

Wednesday, June 08, 2011


Sunday, June 05, 2011

I always come back to your site.. just love it. I'm not a native but worked up in Blackhawk and CC just when gaming started, when there was still "character" there and you could still sense the history, I felt such an odd affinity for the place. Spent many a day 'four wheeling' around Gilpin county in my '76 bug and just am so thankful for your site. Checked out your Mountain City pics too- which is gone now, I believe.. If I'm not mistaken they shoved all the houses they took out of Blakhawk up there.. Used to hike up that way, still have a dog tag I found.. Half of it anyway.. reads Blackhawk dog tax 18-... Anyway, sorry for the babbling, but thanks for the site! I can't bear to go up there without getting sick to my stomach these days, so the old pics are just wonderful.

Thursday, June 02, 2011

I'm glad you sent this page. As I read all the comments and stories I'm jealous as I have no stories on my relatives that lived in Russell Gulch, Apex, Central City, Nevadaville, Perigo. I read the stories just hoping someone knows the Rosetta, Andreatta, Hines families. Mike Rosetta and Mayor Davies were in partners on some mines. While my grand father was checking mines in June of 1907 he was hit by lightening on Russell Gulch and four days later by his daughters: Angelina, Jennie and Lulu Rosetta found his body. Antonio Andreatta owned the Lulu Mine and my grand father Mike owned the Angelina. My grand mother Lizzie died in 1895 and there was an inquest to her death but as we all know the paper work seems to disappear.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

I visited the town this morning, took a few photos and was stopped by a cranky old lady who asked me why I was walking all over her property. I explained to her, I was only taking photos, and if it was "Her" property, and it was "private" she needs to display signs. She said she did'nt need to since she owns the town. I thanked her, told her I would not return, and promptly left as her dogs were fairly mean. She lived in the mobile home with all the cable spools stacked around it. Maybe she's afraid the indians will return?

Friday, May 20, 2011

Hello, I lived in Gilman also and moved to AZ in 1968/69, twenty to twenty-five kids per class if you were lucky, I remember Mrs. Cryan as the kindergarten and 3rd grade teacher. Poor woman had put up with all four of us. Fond memories my Dad was the town Plumber Les Asbury. anyway I'm very curious to find out more information about the town and particularly the SCHOOL Bell, I'm sure it was worth a lot it probably saw 100 years of use for sure, just wonder what museum it probably ended up in, do you know? If you know any where I can look up more information please email me would like to hear from you, it is very hard now to remember names of kids I went to school with but I will look for a picture of us in first grade in 1965 so people can see me and some others they might recognize. I am alos going to pos tthis on the website., and see if anyone remembers me, flicker had some really good pictures of the town you should chek out they even had pictures of the bowling alley it also was used for bible school in the summer! And there is a picture of the x-mas star they used to mount on top of the garages. I remember the teeter totter oh so well like it was yesterday, it was a very tall slide and it did get hot because it was metal. Sandra (Sandi) Asbury (Asbury was my maiden name) Fort Collins, CO

Thursday, May 19, 2011

I also lived in Gilman Colorado. My sister was born there in the late fifties. I took my parents back for a visit quite a few years ago. Oh the memories what a beautiful place to grow up in. We moved to Paonia Colorado in the mid sixties. I also rmember the bowling alley and my mom worked in the store. I wish they would put in a muesum there or make it safe to visit as I would love to take my children and grandchildren there to visit.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Great pictures. My dad talked about Wild Horse and he had visited there when he was a kid. My Grand Father was Herman Otto Pfalzgraff. All the old picture I have were taken of Deer Creek Minnesota, where my Grand father/ great grandfather lived before going to Wild Horse to help build the town. So thank you for the great picture of Wild Horse. Karl Pfalzgraff

Monday, May 16, 2011

Hi, I am researching John Wesley Stockett, who had a store in Sunset around 1900-1901. He also was a miner. I'm wonderng if anyone has a photo of the old store?

Rocky Writes - If I was trying to find a photo I would start looking at the Carnegie Library in Boulder and talk to Marti Anderson. Also check out her Blog at  She lists both John Wesley Stockett and Anna M. Stockett as living in Sunset.  

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

People from or with roots to Bonanza, I stumbled across your site and find it facinating. If you are doing any kind of family research, you may want to consider that back in the olden days a lot of people didn't know how to read or write. I have been reading some of the posts that have been made on this site and believe that some of your "Raymond" relatives may have had their names spelled differently, such as "Remine" and "Reymann" Good Luck!!!

Saturday, May 07, 2011

I love your web site. It is such a pleasure to find others who appreciate the wonders of Colorado's rich and varied history. I have vacationed there for the last 15 years and have managed to visit quite a few of the ghost towns. Hard to do too many when you only have 2 weeks out of the year, but what fun I've had trying!! My latest and greatest accomplishment has been Crystal. I first tried to go there in 1994, and FINALLY made it in September of 2010. Well worth the wait! Keep up the good work...I'm always looking for new places to visit in Colorado! Thanks again for sharing! If you have time, check out my website where I have posted some pics of the Crystal trip.  Danna French Plano, TX

Tuesday, May 03, 2011

I just stumbled upon your site and am grateful for the pictures, etc. - especially of the Vulture Mine. I grew up in AZ and went on many trips with my family to places like Wickenburg's Vulture Mine (they used to have a large pit by the visitor center where they collected all the snakes that were caught - I saw them put in the one I almost stepped on), and Jerome (which might make a good addition to your site - it's been kind of an "on and off" ghost town over the years). I seem to remember the Vulture Mine used to be a "state sponsored park" or something like that - is that no longer the case? Some ideas for future inclusion: There are some areas around Globe and Bisbee that might qualify as more recent "ghost towns". I also seem to remember a lot of small towns along the route between Tucson, Globe, and the White Mountains, as well as along the route from Phoenix, through Payson, to the White Mountains (up the Mogollon Rim way). I now live in MN, and really miss trekking around in the desert looking at ghost towns.

Tuesday, May 03, 2011


Friday, April 29, 2011

The last time I visited Sunshine Cemetery was in 2006. Took lots of pictures of several relative's grave sites & markers. I've been worried if the cemetery was damaged by the fires. Hopefully I'll be able to see for myself soon. Thank you for all of the information on the site. Mrs. Dana Guy

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

My name is George Raymond of Huntington Beach CA. On your Bonanza page, entry April 17th, 2011 is a person with information on the Raymond Ranch and the Raymonds in Bonanza. I would love to make contact and shair information. My Great Grandparents were John Raymond and Mary Casteel. They had Everett, Maud, Mary, John, James (My Grandfather), Laura, Thomas, Sanford,and Robert. James died the month befor my dad was born. My Grandmother Ivy Bryant Raymond moved the family to Laport CO after James death. Thanks for any help. Also would like information on the book their Grandmother wrote.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Hello there. Thank you for your lovely site. My name is Alero and I'm visiting Colorado for the first time from London, UK. I find every thing about this state fascinating and utterly beautiful and I'm having such a great time. Been here two months, seen so much but it's just the tip of the iceberg! Leaving soon (sad) but hope to come back one day - What a dream it would be to come live in the mountains here. Thank you for all the pictures and history on this site. Keep up the good work! All the best.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Great site. I am George Raymond in Huntington Beach CA. My Grandfather Jameg George Raymond and Great Grandfather John Raymond were miners in and around Bonanza CO. I will be in Bonanza in July 2011 looking for information on the Raymond family, I have came across pictures of Ivy Raymond at the cabin in Bonanza and of James at the mine near Bonanza. I am willing to share what I have with others. George

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

I have many relatives buried in the Russell Gulch cemetery. I last visited in June of 2010 to see the markers and check on things in general. My family names were Jones and Olver. They lived there in the 1870s to the early 1900s. William Olver was a grocer, William Jones was a miner. Tim Smith

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Thanks, Thanks, I and my wife appreciate the work you have put into keeping the good old memories alive. We lived in Blackhawk back in 87 when politicians would not allow the rock piles along the creek to be cleaned up. Good for them---conservation! I just wonder how much money slid across what crooked paws to be able to tear down history like the Gates House where we lived on Main street (dirt) and replace such a wonderful place with all those gambling casinos. Go figure. Next time I run across our old house I will send you a copy. You might remember it when you see it. It's hard to miss a two story yellow house up overlooking the stream and main street. Especially with blue doors. No--not my choice of colors. The house was owned by Mike Parfinoff of Chicago Ill'

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Hi Mike.. I love your website and thanks for your help and suggestions for our September trip. John (UK)

Thursday, April 07, 2011

This is the PLACE I want to move to. All I need is find a house with a three story out house attached, any offers? Jesse

Monday, April 04, 2011

went to school in Grover 6th grade in 1959-1960. Government was building missle sites in grover area and pines bluff wy area. We lived on a sheep ranch owned by Art Bard about 7 miles {i think} from Hereford and took the bus to Grover everyday. Can remember one students name there. His dad was a cattle and wheat farmer/rancher. Boys name was Randy Peters. My name is Michael Christensen and now reside in Defeated Creek Tennessee

Sunday, April 03, 2011

looking through the Pfalzgraff site and ran into your site. Wild Horse is part of my childrens family history. (Herman Otto, John Hugo), Karl Johan and sisters Christina, Jennifer and Elizabeth would have the most information. I will pass this site on to him. Neat photos. Nancy White

Monday, March 28, 2011


Friday, March 25, 2011 name is jeff felton i grew up in the fort until it burn in 73 or so i will have to check ,but i have my dads photos that i will get on here. i guess where to start ..he made leather hats ... jerry hoerner lives in mo. galespy and others ..would like to find chatty cathy kenny Goehkinhower ? others... like to communicate with people from the russell gulch And i like to call it an artist community ...rather than ...will log on soon with some photos...jeff [ ]

Sunday, March 20, 2011

I stumbled across your site out of frustration to find something/ anything about my family. My family lived in Nevadaville, Apex, Perigo. Their names are Angelo Rosetta, his daughter Lulu married Antonio Andreatta. He owned the lulu lode for awhile. His other daughter Angeline married Oney Hines and his last daughter married Jennie married John Tessadri. My grand father Angelo Rosetta owned the Angeline mine and was friend with mayor Davies. The graves of my grand aprents can't be found and it seems like any info about my family is not to be found. IF anyone has any idea baout my family please contact me at

Sunday, March 20, 2011

We visited Summittville Colorado Ghost town just this past week....what beautiful scenery all the way up....I have some of the most incredible pictures from our drive.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Thanks for the photos - this is an historic site I have on my bucket list as my husband`s family came from Kansas and many have been the tales of the pioneers and their tribulations. Sorry to native americans but this was no act of war to murder children wantonly cross fire is one thing murder another. My heart is with Susanah Alderdice and what she suffered after the wanton murder of her children. They all need to be in our memory minus reformed politically correct history on either side of the spectrum

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Anyone from Russell Gulch, up in the shacks 1973 April? Stayed there , Brotherhood bikers hung out at the Red Bandana. Tollgate Tavern?

Sunday, March 06, 2011

I grew up in Summit County!!!! I just recently had to move =(... These pictures bring me back to the good times =) Tracy

Sunday, March 06, 2011

My mother, Emily Serafin Battaia, is turning 100 in October of 2011. She was born in Russell Gulch, the youngest of four siblings. She has lived in Telluride, Silverton, Ouray, rode the narrow gauge and has a clear memory. My dad was born in Blackhawk, his father was a miner at the Black Jack mine. We have maps of the mines under Central City. My siblings and I were raised on the stories of the mining towns and events including the plague. Would love hearing from any other " kids of the mountain people". My grandmother was Katina Casagranda Serafin, wife of Steven and the other was Mary Micheli Battaia, wife of G. Battaia

Friday, March 04, 2011

More to add here. I have a picture of the Warren school in Cripple Creek with a group outside it. I guess it became a hospital. It may still be there and called Golden School. There is an ink mark pointing to one of the people in the crowd. See my comments just below this. My great great grandmother was active in the Salvation Army (H E Bogart)and I have a group picture of that. Again looking for any info or books about that time. b

Friday, March 04, 2011

My family lived in Cripple Creek in the 1800s. I have a note from the town clerk telling Mr.Gardner that he was elected mayor of Ironton. This is in my family bible so it has some connection to my family. The names that would be there at that time are Fulwider and Ellithorpe. My grandmother, Hattie born in 1891, and her mother, Mary Ellithorpe later came to Reno. That is where my mother and I were born. I now live in Washington state and am trying to find information on the family in Colorado that might be out there or even books that would talk about life in those days, preferable nonfiction. My email is

Thursday, March 03, 2011

Great photo's and information site. I'm researching the Nicholas Stuppi family and they lived and mined here from about 1880-1900. Two youngest sons were both born in Kelly, Frank in Oct 1883 and Joseph Aug 1889. By the Jun 12th 1900 census they'd moved on to El Paso Texas and finally settled in Douglas, Cochise, Arizona working for Phelps Dodge Corp at the mine and smelter there. I think it was the Copper Queen mine. Thanks Linda Rutz

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Hi: I just noted that "Pam" said she rolled her call of the road going from Gilman to Redcliff. (Message 2/28/09). I would like to know how she survived. I saw this happen to another individual back in the forties.It was not a pretty sight. I always kept on the inside of every curve on that mountain road. Mayo Lanning

Thursday, February 17, 2011

The trip to the marble quarry in years past was possible. The road is on the old electric railroad grade used to bring down the marble. Today, the upper part of the access road is gated with a pulloff parking area to the left. There was a trail from this point above Yule Creek, but this too has been gated. I suppose liability issues are involved. I am tthankful I was able to see the spectacular vaults in years past. Ken Jessen, Loveland, Colorado

Thursday, February 17, 2011

The road into Carson was, at one time, quite difficult especially the stream crossing where the original bridge had collapsed. Above the crossing was a section of large river rocks - slow going. In recent years and with renewed mining on the divide at "old" Carson, the road has been greatly improved. Ken Jessen, Loveland, Colorado

Thursday, February 17, 2011

In recent years, Gilman has been patrolled several times a day. It is also posted. The person patrolling the site is not the least bit afraid to call the sheriff. The best advise is to stay on the public road and photograph this ghost towns from the turnouts. Belden, along the river, was the loading point for ore to be shipped to a smelter. This site is inaccessible. Ken Jessen, Loveland, Colorado

Thursday, February 17, 2011

I worked for New Jersey Zinc in Gilman the summer of 1967. I lived in the staff house and took lunch down in the mine. bought my helmet and boots at the company store. There was a nice little neighborhood down some streets. It was a little company town at the time.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

I think that there is still ghost in a lot of places like old mexico and there is a lot of ghost in the old ghost houses that are haunted by spirits and ghosts that are from different worlds from wendy sells

Rocky Says - I haven't run into any of them yet. Sort of wish I would. I did meet one in a hotel room in Marina del Rey once.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Can't believe this site! I just found out today through a 1900 Colorado census record of where my great-grandparents first settled in America. In short, it reads location 385, Nevadaville town, Gilpin, Colorado. Here is their story with the puzzle coming together: *Francis & Catharine Lightfoot (nee Hill) emigrated with their infant daughter, Mary, from Dearham, England, aboard the SS Berlin to New York in March 1893. Francis (later Frank) was a coal miner from England - went to Nevadaville and is listed as a gold miner. * The infant daughter, Mary Lightfoot, was not listed in the 1900 census as a member of the family (2 other children are) - so she must have died & is likely buried nearby? *Catharine was pregnant when they emigrated in March 1893 and in Dec. 1893, my grandmother, Elizabeth Lightfoot was born in Nevadaville. *In short, they had several children while living in this area, but once again emigrated to work in the silver mines in Cobalt, Ontario, Canada. Elizabeth seems to be the only surviving child to arrive with them in about 1906. There were several more children born in Cobalt, Ontario, but for some reason they all died young. *In 1911, Elizabeth Lightfoot (yes, 14 yrs.old!) married my grandfather, Norman Donald, from Bracebridge, Ontario, Canada. *My father, Merrill Donald, was born Feb. 27, 1922, in Bracebridge, Ontario. He will be 89 years old in a couple of weeks. Although he suffers from Alzheimer's disease and has lost most of his short-term memory, he suddenly has clear long-term memories of his grandmother telling the stories of Nevadaville. *Isn't it a small world?!? If anyone can connect any of the above names in the area from about 1893 to 1905/6, please email me at: This is a wonderfully put together site and I've thoroughly enjoyed the find. Keep it up! I hope to visit one day. Regards, June

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

I was searching historical news papers to find articles about my great-great uncle John Renstrom. On Sep 27 1895 Aspen Daily Times reports that the four owners of the Jericho claim, among them John, were showing specimens of ore at the store of M.V. Korupkat. It fairly glitter of gold... Anyone else that know something about the four men Ed Korupkat, H.W. Ennen, John Renstrom, and E. Barthold from Glenwood Springs?

Monday, February 14, 2011

I had a summer job working underground at Gilman, CO the summer of 1977. I must say it was one of the most interesting jobs I've every had. Walking down the drift (tunnel) with 80 sticks of dynamite under my arm, blowing stuff up after screaming fire in the hole all up and down the stope (the place where the ore is dug out of, a pretty interesting 3 dimensional lattice work of 8 by 8 timbers). One time they showed us how to escape from the mine in the event of the lift failing (600 feet down), out the side of the mountain. We ended up touring some of the old mine workings, imagining a bunch of little chinese kids on ladders up inside these cracks leading of the main seam of lead/zinc, long since mined out. There wasn't much ore left when I worked there, they had an exploratory shaft going off to look for another mother lode, but don't think they ever found anything. I don't think that operation kept going much longer than a year after I worked there. I do remember getting $5 per roof bolt of bonus money. A lot of money for a 19-year old kid. Glenn Decker

Wednesday, February 02, 2011

I own the small stone cabin in the pictures of Oak Creek. For the record we bought the property when it had been abandoned for more than four years. A more recent visit to the town would reveal no trash can on the roof, a new roof, and fire place as well as a more manicured lawn. Oak Creek is the best town I have ever been involved with! With the "old school" miners and ranchers giving the town it's flavor and the new younger generation moving in to restore it's beautiful old homes and landscapes, anyone should be impressed with a drive through our neighborhood. If you do come to town, don't forget to stop at Chelsea's Chinese restaurant; recently written up in the Denver Post for it's top notch chinese food!

Friday, January 28, 2011

We are VMPRA a 501c3 and we need your help to save the Vulture mine near Wickenburg AZ. If we operated this like a chain letter where if one was to donate just $10 and the got there friends to just keep passing it along we could save this part of western history. The vulture was used in the filming of the mivie The Graves and was featured on the travel channel Ghost Adventures. You can check us out at and send us a donation or become a member. Thank You

Thursday, January 27, 2011

My wife and I drove my Volkswagen bus over the pass in about 1974 I believe it was. If I remember, the road was in pretty good shape. I stopped and did a little fly fishing in one of the lakes, but now that I look back on it, I don't think there were any fish in it. But I didn't care. Being an Indiana boy, I just love being in the mountains. I really hope it gets repaied and usable someday, but that doesn't look too likely. Very awesome website!!!

Monday, January 24, 2011

My great great grandfather was working the mines at Carson City in 1900, according to the US census. He was living with his wife ,Irma, and three children, all girls, including my great grandmother Cornelia (Nellie).

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Hi! My husband Mike is new to the amazing beauty of Colorado. We visited your site this evening, and the smiles haven't left our faces yet! We can't WAIT for summer, to visit these wonderful places you've shown us here. Thank you so much! Mike & Debra Gabler, 1/19/2011

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Great site... Lived in Sunshine, Colo. (town proper) from 1964 to 1968. Married to Thomas (Tuck) Gunn (born in sunshine and attended school there). Two of 4 of my children were born there. Many happy memories. Thomas passed away in 1976. A lot of Gunn history and all are buried there in the Sunshine Cemetery. My father in law, Milton N. gunn, was a hard rock miner and worked the Dolly 1 and 2 mines. Had a patent on another one but can't remember the name.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Great stuff....maybe take a trip over Cottonwood pass from Buena Vista to Tincup sometime, great trip with incredible views. Tincup is a great little town with history, and get a Tin Cup at the store!

Rocky Replies - That was one of my first trips when I moved to Colorado.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Cool site. Sending a few bucks.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

I found this picture of the Crystal Springs Mill while searching through pics of Ghost towns on the net. The best part, is that I live in a cabin in Alaska, and this picture (the 2nd 1985 pic) came with the cabin when rented. It shows a creek running next to it as well. I stare endlessly at it everyday, and am glad to finally know, where it is & when it was taken. Thanks. From Amy, Tok, AK

Rocky Replies - Too bad I don't have your email address. I was in TOK last year and plan a visit again this year. I would stop and say HI.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

I just left a request for help to locate my grate grand father in wildhorse colorado cematery. My e mail is thank you

Saturday, January 15, 2011

My grate grand father setteled in widhorse colorado and had 7 boys.he died there by a cable snapping when he was clearing his land there.Would there be a cemetery there to try to locate him there ? Is there any records after 1917 of who lived there? Were is wildhorse colorado at? please help me put an end to a long search!!!!

Saturday, January 15, 2011

My grate grand father setteled in widhorse colorado and had 7 boys.he died there by a cble snapping when he was clearing his land there.Would there be a cemetery there to try to locate him there ? Is there any records after 1917 of how lived there? Were is wildhorse colorado at? please help me put an end to a long search!!!!

Saturday, January 15, 2011

I went up the west side of Corona with my parents in about 1937 or 1938. We had a picnic on top and gathered up some wire from a fallen-down telegraph line which we used as clothesline for many years. It was mid-summer, but my recollection is that it was very cold up there. My cousin, a very large man, tested the trestles for us by walking across. We figured that if they could support him, they were safe to drive across... Joe

Monday, January 10, 2011

Great Site

Monday, January 10, 2011

I lived in Leadville CO in the late 90's. My friends and I were fascinated by the abandoned town of Gilman. We took a walk around the area. There was so much stuff still there, all sorts of medical files, X Rays. They left all there paperwork there when the left. We saw bowling lanes amongst other things. The large building basement was to way to creepy to go into. At that time the houses still had bathroom fixtures and kitchen cabinets. We had a great time looking around at all the old stuff and trying very hard not to get too creeped out! Jen Fairbanks Alaska

Thursday, January 06, 2011

hello . former resident of Chitna emporium nice photos brings back memories.. thanks, gerald churchill

Tuesday, January 04, 2011

According to the obit for my great grandmother Mary Jane (Harper) Simpson, who was born in 1876, she moved to Gilman at a young age and went to school there before she married in 1890 (in Aspen)and then moved to Minturn. But I hear that much of the town (Gilman) she lived in burned in 1899. I have never been to Colorado, but the recent release of True Grit reminded me of my grandfather who grew up in Minturn and loved western novels, movies and TV shows, and makes me want to explore his stomping grounds.



Friday, December 31, 2010

My future wife and I drove the whole Moffat road the summer of 1977 in a Camaro!! Lot's of fog up high but the vistas coming down were beautiful. We attempted it in 1981 and found it closed. I think it was because of the tunnel collapse? Roger, Dayton Ohio

Monday, December 27, 2010

Anyone remember a Lonnie V. Dyess in Rogge?

Monday, December 27, 2010

I lived in Eldora for 3 winters in the 80's. Best experience of my life. Think of Eldora everyday. I paid 200 in rent. Ghosts? I never thought of it as a ghost town. Although a friendly one dwelled with me. Karen

Monday, December 27, 2010

I once lived in Grand Junction Colorado, and ever since I left I have felt empty inside How I wish I could be there again someday soon I will My ashes will be blowing in the wind through the ghost towns high in the sky. When I lived in Colo. I drove all over the mountains to places you wouldn't believe so beautiful and you could feel the spirits all around you there i felt whole thank you for this site on ghost town and other things its great!!!! Cyndie Illing

Monday, December 27, 2010

I just love the history of these old towns I use to live in Grand Junction Colorado and would travel all over through old mountain towns it just gave me a feeing of peace like i belonged there somewere in time,I feel emtpy inside not being there any more. One day soon I will return and never leave again.I will wonder were they sprinke my ashes and blow with the wind.

Monday, December 27, 2010

I just love the history of these old towns I use to live in Grand Junction and would travel all over through lod mountain town just give me a feeing of peace like i belong therein that time.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

I love this site. I lived in Colorado for 7 years and I really miss the magnificent scenery. Thanks for letting me visit!

Rocky Says - You are welcome

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

I went through every one of your pictures. And I can't begin to tell you how much it means to me to be able to access this part of CO online. I live in Ohio, but my soul has always lived in those mountains, those old buildings, walking among the ghosts of a forgotten era. You have given me a way to access my soul from so far away and I will never be able to thank you enough.

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

Hi, my name is Debbie. I am part of the "Tidwell clan" that Susan (Brunty) Lyon commented on Wed. Nov.24, 2010 about Crystal, CO. I have lived in Crystal (in the summers) for many yrs. My family has been coming since 1938. She commented "Thanks for the memories" Please refresh my memory on who YOU are! Thank you!!

Tuesday, December 07, 2010

My wife's Uncles Micky, Joe, and Chuck owned this property for many years. We have a few pictures from the Fifties and the Seventies. I came to this site when putting these pictures in a movie format and was searching for recent shots.

Saturday, December 04, 2010

Love the information on Keota! My grandfather was born and raised there until they left the area to farm in Wyoming during the Dust Bowl. I toured the cemetary last May and finally got to see my great grandmother's marker. She died there when grandpa was 6 years old and I remember seeing the marker in pictures of the funeral. It gave me chills to see that marker where my grandpa had posed by it as a child! Dan Schisel Rawlins, Wy

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

In the early 60's I started going to Crystal with the Tidwell family. In those days, of course, no running water, no electricity, outhouses, good and bad ones, and all of the cabins were in disrepair. I was 11 yrs. old, and with all of the joined families, we would take on one cabin a summer, clean them up, and name them to know where to run during an afternoon rainstorm! My memories of the 7 summers I spent up there are wonderful, and I do hope to get up there again soon. There were 3 families that would populate were the Bassetts, Neals, and of course the whold Tidwell clan. We had one mulepack guide that would take you to Snowmass Lake, and back...what a trip! Thanks for the memories and great times....Susan (Brunty)Lyon

Friday, November 19, 2010

My name is Barry Stubbs, Henderson, Nevada. In a random internet search for my brother Chris Stubbs today I found his obituary. He died June 6, 2010, and was referenced as living in Cleator. I have been searchiung for him for several years. He was a country singer and perhaps he was doing so at some time in Cleator; does anyone know of him or his activities there? Any information will bw appreciated, Barry Stubbs 1540 Foothills Village Drive Henderson, NV 89012

Saturday, November 13, 2010

I loved COLORADO THE 1ST TIME I SAW IT. I REALLY LIKE THE OLD WEST. How much are ghost towns going 4 on the market? Yours are THE GREATEST PICS.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Fantastic sight..Pictures of Gilman...My dad worked @ Climax up in Leadville (we lived in Buena Vista), but had friends that worked up in Gilman back in the late 70's/early 80's..I remember going to visit them in Gilman, and bowling @ the bowling alley there. I also remember going snowmobiling w/friends that were from Gilman..the pictures of Gilman sadden me (the vandalism is awful). It was such a cool little town. Some cool memories. Thank you for the web site. R/S-Mark S./Scottsdale, AZ.

Friday, November 05, 2010

Thank you for the wonderful pictures of Hanover, NM. It brought back a ton of memories as many of these pictures are along the road to my late grandparents property. My grandfather worked as a mechanic in the nearby mines and my father and his siblings grew up in Hanover. As a child I used to spend the summers with my grandparents and since there were really no kids around I spend most of the time roaming my grandfather's land and climbing up into the mountains to explore the old mine shafts and cable lines that used to bring the ore carts down the mountain. Its been about 10 years since I was last there but it's nice to see that some of the buildings are still standing. -Tanja (Majalca) James

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

Hi, I am really enjoying your website. I was looking for information/photos of the original Russell expedition. I have the general information about William G. Russell and his two brothers and countless others. I was hoping for something a little deeper. I guess mining is still in our blood. Thanks.

Monday, November 01, 2010

We Were there It was Unblievable

Sunday, October 31, 2010

My name is Lawrence "Larry" Purcell and I'm pretty sure not related to the founder of Purcell, CO. But I did write a novel called "The White Train" which a lot of the plot took place in Colorado and on the Moffat Road and in the Moffat Tunnel. You won't find it in your library unless you live in Rayne, LA or Orange County, CA. But you can read excerpts from it on; here' a little blurb about the story. Submerged off the coast of California, a Navy submarine awaits a signal to proceed to SUBASE Bangor to receive its lethal payload. The submarine will then cross the oceans of the world totally submerged, arriving at an unlikely and alien destination to deliver its cargo. A closely guarded secret of the Vietnam War era, The White Train regularly carried nuclear missiles across the country’s populated states to submarines stationed on the West Coast. The train is back in service for another clandestine mission, orchestrated by the President of the United States. The White Train disappears. A fax from the ‘terrorist’ faction claiming to hold the train hostage presents its demands, which the President cannot meet. He has acted without the express knowledge or permission of Congress and the mission is illegal. As the operation unravels, all that stands between disaster and resolution are the efforts of a highly improbable alliance.

Thursday, October 28, 2010 My family grew up in Walsenburg and today we had a great time exchanging emails and figuring out that Bonanza is the ghost town in the NY Times article.

Rocky says - You are correct. I wonder how some of the residents feel if they read this article?

Sunday, October 24, 2010

I made several trips over Rollins Pass in the late 1950's in my 1950 Chevrolet sedan. A dear friend and I also traveled the pass in his pickup and camper. I have some 35mm slides of his truck going through Needle's Eye tunnel. We climbed down to explore the wreckage of some runaway trains that jumped the tracks and went to the bottom. I haven't been to Colorado in many years, but I still think the Colorado Rockies are the most beautiful place in the world! Derral (

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Mike trying to find old friends Dave and Dawn Skinner from Idaho Springs perhaps you could post this on the idaho Springs page thanks also there was a great old spot Two Brothers Mine in Virginia Canyon about halfway between Idaho Springs and Russell Gulch anybody out there with photos of that ? ...thanks as always for keeping this alive Les

Monday, October 11, 2010

I just read some of the stories about Rollins' Pass. Last time I had the privilege to go from Rollinsville to Winter Park was 1977 in my new Jeep CJ5. My Dad & I did a lot of off roading that week. We really enjoyed the old trestles we drove across to get there & back. From what I recall, you could take a lot of side trips (4X4 only) off the main road higher up the mountain. I wish someone could fix that road again. I'd drive from St. Louis, Mo again to travel it. Dave Collins

Monday, October 11, 2010

Thank you for the nice pictures of Grover, CO. I was on extended business in Colorado Springs in 2002 and one December morning decided to travel north and explore Weld County with a Colorado guidebook on the passenger seat. It was a chilly but sunny day and on the way to Grover I stopped to look at some abandoned homesteads. The area around Grover is pretty wide open and the town was a welcome sight. I remember stopping in a store and getting some coffee before driving the streets of the town. There was a mixture of inhabited dwellings and abandoned buildings and the town and people had a charm that makes the experience stand out almost eight years later. I just wished I had stayed to see the museum, but that is now an excuse to go back. I moved on from there to visit an old cemetery near by and then the Pawnee Buttes before heading back to Colorado Springs. David Williamsburg, VA

Saturday, October 09, 2010

In August I wrote in about my Grandmother being born in Nevadaville. Her adoptive father was John J. Clark and her biological father was John William Atkinson. Both of them and their fathers are buried at Bald Mountain. If any of you out there could add to my stories of them, I would love to hear from you. I am Thank you.

Tuesday, October 05, 2010

I lived in Alaska back in the 60's and had I known of Hope I would probably have been living there then until present. Just my kind of town as far as I can see. I will probably try to visit Hope in the summer of 2011 if all my plans go well. I thank you for the info supplied in this webpage. Ben Cummins

Sunday, October 03, 2010

I just went up to the Santiago Mine. It was beautiful and very interesting to be in the remains of a very active mine back in the day. Makes me appreciate what we have today because living back then was tough. Thanks for the guest log. Bryan L. 10/3/2010

Sunday, October 03, 2010

I am a Grant County boy from Whisky Creek and was born in 1942. Midwife and family were the help mothers got most of the time.This is a great site.THANK yo for your work. Norman

Friday, October 01, 2010

That broken down building thing,was the horse stable. My dad bought a old cabin and lived near the dolcemer maker, we have one. My dad lived there from 75-83. He played the madoline and had the only house with running water. His name was Mike. He had horses and would go to Goldhill via the old railroad tacks. Were going up there this fall to see if it was burned down. Last I know he sold it and the cabin was converted to a large house!

Friday, October 01, 2010

Mike Just a note re your pics of Russell Gulch the 2nd photo (shell of a building made of stone blocks,,hard to recognize now but because of the juxtaposition of the backdrop I'm sure this is what many Russel Gulch writers refer to as "The Fort" crazy stuff happened there would love to know what became of the roof (my guess is fire)..the 2 story IOOF building in good shape was owned by one Calvin Smith he lived in Subdivision north of Central City had a well drilling business I worked for him briefly..another family of fine folks I have not mentioned before was the Skinnards from Idaho Springs if anyone knows of Dave and Dawn Skinnard please direct them to this site in hopes that that they will look me up . A lot of us hippies were sitting out the Viet Nam War up there as opposed to going to money ,no food no jobs..winters @9000 ft in the Rockies was no picnic but a damn site better than ducking bullets in the jungle the Feds found many of us anyway .(myself included)but Russell Gulch saved my life in more ways than one ........Les Cordoza Stockton calif

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

I was wondering where can be sunshine colorado, if you remember the tv series MASH 4077 major hulahen from sunshine colorado I saw in her pillow.Im happy to find its soooo cool.I love you all

Wednesday, September 22, 2010 Hi Rocky, just came through the town of Dunton, there was a locked gate at the front. I wondered why this was, so checked on the net and found out it is a world class resort with hot springs and the works, and very pricey too.. Thanks Don R

Friday, September 17, 2010

The town of Sunshine was hit by the 4 mile fire Sept 6, 2010. I know the school house survived. Not clear yet how many homes were burned. My friend's was. They bought the town jail back in the 60's and added on to make a lovely home. Thankfully, they were there when they got the call to evacuate so they managed to get their pets and some important things out.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

From Eldorado Springs I send my thoughts to Salina. Graduated from Boulder High with a Salina resident, Jill Brown. When in high school I worked for Coach Walker at the Trojan Ranch. Kirk G Hedgecock

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

We just had a record breaking wildfire in this area. I am a current proud resident of Salina. We may have a Boulder mailing address since it has been deemed a ghost town, but our whole community is proud to live in such a beautiful area. 169 homes were lost in this fire total and several other structures as well. Some of our Salina residents tragically lost their homes. There are many historic buildings, however, that have made it...including the red barn, the miner's rest, the little church in the pines, the old Salina cafe, and the schoolhouse (where we often have community gatherings and live music. Salina may be considered a ghost town, but the residents are all alive and well. I feel very lucky to belong to such a genuinely loving and beautiful community. Jamie Zane, Salina, CO

Friday, September 10, 2010

I was raised in Sunshine, my Grandmother was a teacher in Glendale in the 1920's, she had a cabin in Sunshine and after she retired one on Gold Hill Rd. My Dad and uncles were a rowdy lot. They were raised in the area too. My Grandma, Marie Tyrer is buried in the cemetery there. I have not been back since my Dad died. Please could you tell me the date she died.

Rocky Says - According to the records it was in 1968. She was born in 1881 You can check it out here --

Thursday, September 09, 2010

My great uncles homesteaded near Purcell. I'm looking for any information anyone might have for Olof Monson Somarin and Swan Monson Somarin. Please e-mail me at

Thursday, September 09, 2010

Really enjoyed the pictures oft the Moffat Road. I have been up both sides a little way and would love to have gone to the top. I am a Texan who is a Moffat road fan and subscribe to the Rollins Pass Pass Restoration Newsletter.Sure hope they get the Needles Eye Tunnel opened in my lifetime.

Wednesday, September 08, 2010

Rollins Pass: It was my "Rocky Mountain High" in the summer of '78. Crossed from East Portal to Winter Park in my '77 VW Rabbit, with a few days camping on a stream below Yankee Doodle lake. It showed me I needed to move out of Peoria Illinois. It's a shame you can no longer make that trip, but it's still in my head. Vance Cathedral City, CA

Wednesday, September 08, 2010 It was long ago, but I lived in the town of Sunset, in fourmile canyon, during the winter of 1971 in what I recall was a train car or long building shaped like that, with a coal stove, outhouse, a nearby creek for water, and kerosine lamps for light. The yellow house in the picture was where the dulcimer maker lived with his family. Apparently, according to a poster on that page, he bought the cabin in 1975, after I was gone. Near my house was another house with some hippies in it. Some other hippies lived up a walking trail nearby. I think the population of the town was 8 at the time. It was about a five mile drive to the nearest pavement, which ended before Wall Street, and I used to go into Boulder to work every day, smelling like coal smoke. Usually tried to "hold it" until I got to town as opposed to using the outhouse in winter.

Wednesday, September 08, 2010

I just noticed that Buckskin Joe, which was located near Fairplay, is not included in your list of Colorado ghost towns. The town is long gone, but it was very historic. Horace and Augusta Tabor once owned a store there. Some of the original buildings have been restored, and can be found in the reconstruction of Buckskin Joe near Canon City.

Wednesday, September 08, 2010

Hi, I just discovered your site. I love it. I grew up in Colorado, although I've lived in South Texas for a number of years. This is a great way for me to keep in touch with my roots and my continued thirst for history. My great grandfather Charles Stewart lived in Black Hawk in the 1880's; he owned some gold mines and claims in the area. I still have his original assay case and a few of his samples. He later settled in the Brighton area where he became the town's first mayor and one of the founders of Kuner Empson Company. Thanks again for your great site, I will visit it often.

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

I lived in the old train station house in Sunset from 1993 - 1996. What a magical spot. I hope that the Fourmile fire left Sunset alone. Nice to hear and see the history. We always wondered who used the old cabin....

Sunday, September 05, 2010

I just returned from visiting Russell Gulch. I stayed in the brown barn like house jutting out of the rock hillside. Keith Parker build, and owns this property. I lived there from 1997 to 2006. Nothing has changed.

Saturday, September 04, 2010

Great site and pictures. My wife's great grandparents (Archelus and Kazia Watters) lived in Nevadville and he worked in the mines but not sure which one. They are both buried up on Bald Mountain there above Nevadaville. We were there on Thursday, Sept. 2, 2010 and sure enjoyed looking around. If anyone has more pictures or information on the above family please respond to

Friday, September 03, 2010

Milt larson and John Brown were commissioned to make the "Charlie Russell" centenial saddles...1st they had a shop in Cody, Mt., then moved and took on another maker "Kellem's Saddlery" in Gardiner, mt. Have never heard of any of the saddles being sold, although I did see a finished one. They were given the rights to have the Charlie Russell art rights(pictures) carved on the saddles.

Friday, September 03, 2010

I am doing some research on this area, in preparation of an upcoming vacation. No disrespect meant whatsoever, but I have a certified cadaver dog whose specialty is the historic level, and our primary area of training and interest is in historic level graves. We are considering heading through Sligo and the other unmarked cemetery areas here. If anybody has the need to identify a specific grave of a loved one that you are not sure where they are buried, we MAY be able to help. I would love to hear from anybody who lives currently in that area and could, perhaps, point me in the direction of possible unmarked graves. Thanks. Please contact me directly at Bonnie Guzman

Monday, August 30, 2010

Hi all former and current JimTowners! My name is Danny Jeske. I lived in Jamestown from 1951 to 1964. I don't think there is a better place on earth for a kid to grow up than Jamestown. Have many many fond memories of the Merc, TownHall, The church and the people that lived there too. My Father worked in severel of the mines and the mill. He also worked in one of the urainium mines above Jim Creek.Very Cool to hear of Rosie and Charlie Brown...and Jerry Woods.If any of you see this comment feel free to email me at Would be ecstatic to hear from Ya!! Thanks for creating this site Rocky Hopefully Later Dan Jeske Longmont Colorado

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Nice website. A ton of info! Thanks for the effort. Found a site I was looking for. --Guy

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Traveled this road, saw a bear and an old man hiking. found it scary but interesting met a few cars and trucks had to back an pull over to pass. this stretch of road is not for the faint of heart. if you ever drive it you will never forget it!!!

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

I am interested in info on Milt Larson - he was a cousin of my grandmother. I know his father was Charles Larson, but I do not know his mothers name. He passed away about 1965. I would also like to know which house was his, if anyone has any pictures. Thanks, Debbie from North Port, FL.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Hi, Happy to find this site. My grandfather was born in Magnolia in 1885. My great-grandfather died in Magnolia in 1885. Would love to know if there is a cemetery there, I have never found any information about it. Can you be of help? I now live in Denver and have been to Magnolia several years ago. Would love to go again and see if I can find any further information. Thanks, Joyce

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Hi, Happy to find this site. My grandfather was born in Magnolia in 1885. My great-grandfather died in Magnolia in 1885. Would love to know if there is a cemetery there, I have never found any information about it. Can you be of help? I now live in Denver and have been to Magnolia several years ago. Would love to go again and see if I can find any further information. Thanks, Joyce

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

I have a sister-in-law that still lives there and a couple bro. that still farm southeast of Roggen. I live in AZ now but still remember Roggen very well does anyone remember when the Burtram's had the restaurant there?Iam one of the Patton girls

Sunday, August 22, 2010

,I grew up in western Co,my family goes back to the late 19th centuryin co.Imoved from grand junction in 1966 due to the economic climate there,but enjoy the stories, photo's and the history of the area.Thanks so much. Kenny Ukiah,Ca

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Hi, I'm 60 & the wife is 52. Every summer we spend a week or two in Breckenridge, from where we make lots of 1 day trips to 4X4 trails across the state in our Toyota Tacoma. We bring the dogs & love everything about our trips (except the trip across Kansas from St. Louis). This year, in late June, we did the Hagerman Pass run from Leadville to Basalt. See you in June 2011 Dave & Pat Collins & pups

Friday, August 20, 2010

Ah, love those burgers at the Buffalo Bar in Idaho Springs. Love your site Rocky and the photos people submit. I lived in Colorado for a short period of time in the 70's. Have visited too many times to count. Best state in the Union! Have to dig out some of my photos. Roy from (no mountains-just bluffs) Caseyville, IL

Friday, August 20, 2010

its great to see you made it to Bedrock and Paradox. I have the story of the man that was murdered and decapitated. I'll have to go find it. You were very close to Uravan, even if it is all gone now, but the ghosts of Uravan should last at least the half-life of some radioactive substance.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Beautiful photos!!! I really admire the quality and composition of the pictures of Belmont, Nevada. Congratulations and thanks.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

My husband is a descendent of Conrad R. Haak who homesteaded in the Keota Area 1912 to 1919. The George Andrew Haak buried in the Keota Cemetary was an uncle. Unfortunately George died at age 5 after being kicked by a horse. We visited Keota in July 2010. The historians at the Greeley Museum were very helpful with genealogy of my husband's family and others in Weld County. We definitely recommend the museum to people interested in the history of Weld County.

Monday, August 09, 2010

My name is Linda and I live in Grand Junction, CO. My grandmother was born in Nevadaville in 1893. Her name was Martha (Bessie) Clark. She later married and lived her whole life in Denver. I am so excited to see that the "town" is partly still there. My grandmother's father owned the general store - John Clark. Am looking forward to going to see what I can find.

Sunday, August 08, 2010

I just responded to a posting on the Keota area site about a yearly reunion that is held the first Saturday in August every year at the Briggsdale school. It is a Hart/Speaker Family and Keota School reunion. If anyone else is interested in more information for next years reunion they can contact me Sue Ewing at I am a Hart decendent and we are working on a family tree so more information is always appreciated.

Wednesday, August 04, 2010

I'd like to know if anyone has info on the "Bald Mountain trading Post" that is/was there in Nevadaville... went up countelss times looking for the no avail... Please email me at thanks

Wednesday, August 04, 2010

Thanks for the site. 'Explored many of these places in the early 90's while living there when gaming was new and the historical committee still cared. Can't bear to go up now and see what's gone.. Good memories..

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

I was here- Alferd Packer..

Monday, July 26, 2010

Keep up the good work. Thanks, Jerry G Dallas, TX

Friday, July 23, 2010

My wife and I are heading to Bonanza this weekend for the first time. Jim and Bonnie Phillips Lake City, Colorado

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Trying to contact Scott who provided the photo that included Archie Fuller. Archie is my best friend's husband's grandfather. Beth Wilson

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Welcome to your Turret home! We are one of those folks with a "For Sale" sign on our lot. Affordable lot in gorgeous Turret. Live in a revived ghost town in the heart of the Rocky Mountains, 12 miles from Salida. Driveway in, flat area for your home; incredible rock outcroppings. Off-grid, cell and Internet reception ok. Year round access. Ski, fish, bike, hike, raft, kayak–close by. This is a nice lot and the owners have priced it aggressively. Now is the time to buy while sellers are very motivated. Please contact me if you might like a place in an authentic Colorado ghost town! Jeanine Jeanine Zeman, Broker First Colorado Land Office Direct: 719-207-3412 Office: 719-539-6682, 800-727-0507 Fax: 719-539-6685

Friday, July 16, 2010

Rocky, enjoyed your site with photogallery and Tales from the past. I've never been to Colorado nor have i family there, but i have great interest in ghost towns and old stories in particular. I'm from Netherland and found it funny to read about a ghost town called Nederland. Couldn't find anything typical though, but might be interesting to visit one day. Don't have a clue about frozen guys as well. Not common here haha. I'll keep an eye on your site for more stories. If you like history and culture i can recommend visiting Europe if you ever have a chance. Myself took a deep dive into the Roman history. Very interesting. There's a documentary made in England about turning points of the ancient Roman empire that's of high quality. Ah i won't rant on. Just compliments on your information. Kind regards, Arjan Kooper

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Back in 86-88, my wife and I had the priviledge of living in the Gates House in Blackhawk. There was a colorful array there at that time and we made many friends, most of which have probably gone on to meet the maker. We loved to eat at the prospector resturant and ramble in the mountains. Gene and Linda were dear friends. They introduced me to a character from the Russell's Gulch area that went by White Buffalo. A strange individual to say the least. I wonder if he could still be alive. Probably not. The Gamblers surely ruined the atmosphere in that area. Thanks for keeping a warm spot in my heart for those places. Wenow reside in south Georgia. Butch McDuffie

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

Sunday, July 11, 2010

My son Aaron and I visited Crystal in July 2010 and found this to be one of the most wonderful experiences we have had in our may years of exploring Colorado. The residents of Crystal are the most friendly and thank you Deb for your hospitality and adopting us both. We will see you in the fall... Thanks again...Dave

Thursday, July 08, 2010

Hey Rocky! Thanks for all the interesting feedback on GILMAN Colorado. Lots of interesting stories from people who lived there. There was an article today in our local paper (The Vail daily) that says that they may be building on the townsite of Gilman soon. A much scaled back plan that doesn't include a golf course, etc. We will see! I would like for them to leave the area alone so I can go back and explore again! The best ghost town I have EVER explored!

Thursday, July 08, 2010

Hello Mike! I always enjoy your site all the time. Some great pictures and you even updated Teller City, one of my favorite Colorado Ghost Towns! I live in Missouri and have not been to Colorado since 1996, but when I see your pictures, it makes me fall in love with this Great State of wonderful things to see and to enjoy. But it is great to see your pictures over and over. Take Care, Chris Cooper from Independence, MO. An Missourian Ghost towner!

Tuesday, July 06, 2010

Hi Rocky Love your website I grew up in Gilman my family was one of the last family's to move It was great place to grow up we played hiding go seek in the abandoned houses there. I went to Red cliff elementry and then to Minturn Middle school. My dad Tony Romero was one of the last miners to work there.

Tuesday, July 06, 2010

I live in one of the old houses pictured in Grover, Colorado. We love it here! I am also a member of the historical society here and know (or can easily find out) about a lot of the families that have lived here. Our Depot museum has a lot of information about the many people have lived here. Cheryl

Monday, July 05, 2010

I am in a mineral group in Lake George Colorado and we are doing a study of the history of the Alma area to help the historical society. We will present our findings at The Socorro NM Mineral Symposium and in Alma. I would like permission to use info from anyone who has posted on this site about this area and get more info. if you are willing to share it. Please email me at Thanks. Lorrie

Sunday, July 04, 2010

my mother Babe Bartlett ran the hotel and bar in Creede for C. V. Henderson back in the 70's and my husband worked for the judge as a mechanic It was still doing somewhat ok when i was there in the 90's and I have a couple of Creede shirts. Shirley Bartlett

Sunday, July 04, 2010

Sunday July 4,2010 Great site. Brings back great memories. I am from the Guadalupe A. Loera family. Born and raised in Fierro, New Mexico. Left to join the U.S. Army. Our family attended mass at the St. Anthony Church. June 13 is the celebration of St Anthony, the celebrations were simple but at the time the greatest. My family were miners and even I worked in one of the mines at 16 years old (underground). That was my summer job since there were no McDonalds at the time. Thank You for the memories.. Arturo G. Loera Las Vegas, Nevada

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

How fantastic to find a site about Russell Gulch. I was the Laura who lived with Danny and my son Chris, in the house across from the 'Fort'. OK I was living with a crazy nutcase of a man but despite this I still love my memories of living in the gulch. The experience really changed my life and has given me some pretty good tales to tell in my old age! Like the time we got caught by a heavy snow fall coming back from Denver and someone has to hang out the window sweeping snow off the windshield becuase there were no wipers! We had to leave the car in CC because we couldn't get up the hill and it took us over 2 hours to walk back in deep snow. The thing that was so amazing for me was wildlife. One day in spring we climbed up the mountain through ice and snow pockets to a meadow baked in the warm sunshine. When we emerged from the woods an eagle, not 10 feet away and sitting on a low branch, took flight with such force that the branch broke when it hit the ground. Such power and beauty! I have seen a lot of eagles since then but never so close and it still ranks in my top ten sightings alongside the wild elephant in India and otter cubs playing with their mother in our local river. I live in Scotland now but Russell Gulch still burns bright in my heart. Anyone wanting to get in touch?

Sunday, June 27, 2010

My sister (Beverly)and I (Sheila) both went to the Roggen School back in 1950. Our parent's were Ted and Viola Eckhardt we lived on the Eckhardt farm. Our Uncle Ed Eckhardt lived just around the corner from us. I used to love to go into the bar with my dad and play the punch board. At that time Louie and Glady's Mall owned and ran it. I also loved going to the grocery store and putting peanuts into my bottle of coke, and to read the comic book's. I really enjoyed looking at the pictures. Thanks

Rocky responds - And my kids think I am crazy when I still put peanuts in my Pepsi....

Sunday, June 27, 2010

That was a wonderful story told about the boy, his father, and a man, and a building. The lessons learned carried on in that boy's life to manhood.

Friday, June 25, 2010

My dad is Paul J Mills (PJ). He was a mining engineer at the mine from 1948-1957 I think. Remember Murphy store, kindergarden teacher mrs cryann(SP), the Gautiers-teachers, bruce and scott nelson and their parents, jack skinner and his son, the mays, wilbur moran, the Liguoris, and others. Had place in beaver creek till a few years ago. Went to Minturn a lot and Leadville where I was born. Went to church at St Patricks in Minturn. Born (in the ols St Vincents)and baptized in leadville. My mom was an RN (Eleanor Mills) and dispensed medicines to the sick at all hours. Closest thing to a doctor in Gilman, I guess. My name is Ken Mills and my brothers were Johnny and Tommy. Anybody remember us, we were always in trouble- innocent fun. am at

Sunday, June 13, 2010

I am wife of Greg Calvert and my father in law is Dan Calvert. If you see the Boulder in the park it is dedicated to Dan's parents, Oral and Roger Calvert, from Cal-Wood which is located up the mountain. We live in Pensacola, Florida but enjoy coming back every summer in July. Thank you so much for the pictures and the information. It brings this lovely town to life.

Monday, June 07, 2010

I would love to correspond with those of you that remember the area. I am interested in the buildings trackside to the Rio Grande tracks. If any of you would like to correspond with me, it would be much appreciated.

Monday, June 07, 2010

how i would love to live in one of these ghost towns. to fine a home would be great at our age.tin cup is also a beautiful town. to go to the old days might not be so bad.

Wednesday, June 02, 2010

I wonder which one of my distant reitives started this town. Jeffrey H Cameron, Ft Ogden, FL

Wednesday, June 02, 2010

June 2nd, 2010. We went to see Teller City this past Memorial weekend. Beautiful, peaceful, quiet area. The store clerk in Rand City thought nothing was left to see however there are many remanents of structures still very much present. If you have the time it is a wonderful place. Trish, Michigan.

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Really like the "Tales From the Past" You should write a book of these. Ryan- CO

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Just came across your site...thank you! Your time/effort/work is appreciated. I live in Durango and enjoy "ghosttowning" as often as possible. Love heights (would have joined you up to the Old 100 boarding house), if y'all are ever in the area and would like company feel free to contact mountainlullaby on ymail.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Who posted on April 24th about people in Russell Gulch? I'm in touch with Wayne & Jane who lived at Two Brothers (and burned down one of the cabins in a candlemaking accident) - don't know what became of Tim Ferguson. And of course Dan & Nancy from Pewabic who live here in Grand Jct. Bob Weiss, Grand Jct.,

Sunday, May 09, 2010

Dave * Pat St. Louis, Mo We go this way every year on the way to Mosquito Pass. Last year I couldn't believe they put a dummy (in uniform) in the police car & parked it on the side of the main drag to slow the traffic through town. Nice place to visit. I've been going through this way since 1976. I noticed quite a few changes.

Tuesday, May 04, 2010

Anyone interested in Keota and especially quilting should read the book "The Quilt That Walked to Golden. Pages 90-95 delves into the lives of the Keota Quilters, great photo's of ladies and stories about the Keota Quilt Retreat. Carolyn Katzoff, Castle Rock Colorado

Friday, April 30, 2010

I grew up here and went to elementary school in Redcliff! Jeremy, az

Friday, April 30, 2010

The house I lived in is in one of these pics!

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

This is a great story. How could I have known you for over 34 years and not known about this? Thank you, MM, I appreciate it.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

My grandfather, Jay Church, grew up in Sunshine. His mother died shortly after he was born in Mich. and his father gave him to his aunt to raise him. At about age 6 (1882) his father remarried and wanted him back. His aunt said okay (she was in Ohio) and said she would bring him. Instead she and her husband who by this time had bonded with Jay took off for Colorado and "hid" out in Sunshine and made a life there. Their names were Electra and Jim Dustin and they lived there at least 20 years or more. Jay did not see his father until he was 21. This is where Jay got his start in the freight business that later added stage coaches. He operated from Central City thru Nederland, thru Boulder and finally in Eldora. My mother Maud, Jay's youngest daughter, taught at the school shown in the pictures in the late 1930's. There was a school there before that Jay attended as a boy and was torn down or burned down. I'll try to locate a picture for you to add to site. Sincerely, Ed Hutchinson

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Good story, Mikey. Knowing your dad, I'm certain the next chapter is going to be interesting. Are you really going to make me wait to see what happened????? J

Yes you must wait...- Rocky

Saturday, April 24, 2010

I remember names from early 1973, Dan and Laura lived near the fort. Randi and Jennie living on the high road. Christopher lived on the mountain across from Pewabic. Also people that lived at two brothers mine, Wanye, Jane , tim, Jerry Horner

Friday, April 23, 2010

RE: Hanover. There was no hospital there. The closest hospital in those days (1923) was Santa Rita. However, if the birth certificate says born in Hanover then he was born at home.

Friday, April 16, 2010

My son lives in Buckingham. Roger

Sunday, April 11, 2010

My grandparents lived in Gilman when I was growing up (1960's) My grandfather worked at the mine and later taught 6th grade in Minturn. My grandmother taught 2nd grade in Redcliff, Gilman and Minturn. We used to visit Gilman regularly in the winter. I remember the deep snow and the huge icicles that used to form on the buildings there.

Tuesday, April 06, 2010

April 6 2010 Thanks for the nice picture of Martha Kinnish's house in Russell Gulch by the time I was there '69-72 the wrought iron fence was gone.. in those days house was pale green/white trim the pump in the kitchen pumped water from a cistern that collected run-off from the roof she used that water for everything but drinking ;for that she hauled water from elsewhere like the rest of us very few people had drinkable water from their wells Shaeffers were an exception ( though they drank very little water LOL.)...I just know Martha would be so tickled to know that 37 years after her death people who knew her but not each other would be singing her praises over something called the internet.. I know there are so many people still out there with Russell Gulch stories and I always check it to see who has stumbled upon it lately thanks again Mike for your wonderful site Les Cordoza Stockton Calif

Tuesday, April 06, 2010

My dad and his brother grew up in Russell Gulch. I live in California and almost every summer we would go back for a big reunion. My dad's name was Charles Barnabe, his family came over here from northern Italy. I was told they changed the spelling of their last name. My grandmother, Octavia Augusta, was sent to Los Angeles when she found out she had TB and died there at the age of 35. My dad's father, Fred Barnabe was a coal miner and died of black lung in my father's arms when he was a young man. My sister and I love visiting Russell Gulch. My dad had many stories to tell. He died back in 1969, but I still recall how much he loved going home to visit.

Friday, April 02, 2010

Great material, thanks for sharing.

Friday, April 02, 2010

Thanks for a great story on the short line. I had planned a trip in July to drive the route, sorry to hear it is not open due to a tunnel collapse.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

hi i lived in Gilman from 1974 till 1979 two of my children where born in Leadville and stayed there till 1981. i did lose all contact with my kids and there mother from 1979 until Aug 14th 2009.Now I'm back with my kids and was by Gilman and was sad to see it that way, but still have a lot of very good memories of there

Monday, March 15, 2010

Monday, March 15, 2010 What a wonderful site. I am a Colorado native, born to Trentini immigrants (grandparents) who settled in Russel Gulch to mine and raise their family. My mother was the first-born in Denver. A few years back we had a family reunion in a field where my grandparents' house stood; I have a rock from their foundation in my fireplace mantle. My uncle talked about having a 2 room house and bringing the donkey into the house on very cold nights because it was the transportation for my grandfather to get back and forth to the mine. Another uncle's parents owned the saloon in Russel Gulch, but were forced to move when a fire happened and they couldn't afford to rebuild. Lots of history here...If anyone has old pictures of the saloon I would be interested...Thanks! Marlene

Monday, March 15, 2010

Hi. I spent quite a few summers in Russel Gulch in the early-mid 60's. My Grandmother and Martha Kinnish were good friends and we frequently stayed in the old school teachers house. Martha also had a cabin in Nederland and little white house on top of a mine shaft in Black Hawk. Never minded using an outhouse until we were in Russel Gulch one fall when winter came early. Martha got an old chamber pot out and left it in my room after that. It really beat 2 in the am, crunching over the snow and trying to stand up in the wind to get to the outhouse,(not easy when you are a skinny little girl). Many of the Teachers' books were still in the house and made for many a sweet hour spent reading and looking at the great pictures. The other pastime was to go out nail hunting and of course rock hounding. Martha and my Grandmother both had a thing about the old rusty nails so common everywhere. They put them in their rose gardens and both ladies had beautiful rose gardens, so it must have worked. I was very sad to hear some years ago, that the house had burned down. It hs a lot of very fond memories for me. Actually every place Martha took us did. She was a delighful person and have always missed her strength, laugh and total fearlessness when it came to dirt roads. Thanks for this site! Tanya from Idaho

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Thanks Mike for making all this available. I really love to read all of the updates. Especially enjoy your metal detecting stories. This year I'm going to purchase a metal detector. Still trying to figure out which one to get. I love the idea of going someplace and finding gold! Maybe, even getting out to Colorado in 2010. Jim McDermott

Friday, March 12, 2010

Thanks for the neat pictures & history! I've lived in Colorado for 20 years, and worked in Black Hawk for a time, but never got up to Nevadaville prior to yesterday. I just wish I'd had my camera with me. ;) JoAnn, Lakewood, CO

Tuesday, March 09, 2010

I lived in Jamestown from 1951 - 1962 and was thrilled to find this website and pictures. I have many wonderful memories of my childhood there. I attended many Halloween parties, Christmas parties and performed in programs and band concerts in the town hall and we even roller skated there! I became a Christian in the little church and it was used for school when they built the 'new' 3 room school house when I was in second grade! First grade was in a one room schoolhouse with all the children, an 'out - house' and we had a well pump to fill a pail for drinking water! I would build home made paper kites and catch a jet stream to fly them until they were a tiny speck, sending my brother for 'more string!!' Tree houses, sledding on frozen creeks and down the school house hill, not to mention all the natural wild life that was there then! Many bear, mountain lions, bob cats, elk, deer, golden eagles. My father was chief of 'Civil Defense Unit #5' there and he would take the fire truck to a high mountain lake and flood it smooth for fund raiser ice skating parties with gigantic tobaggan and tube runs that came down and flew across the lake! Just a wonderful childhood! Email is if anyone would like to chat! Rosie Long (Rosie Brown when I lived there)

Tuesday, March 09, 2010

As a current resident of Jimtown (the heck with the Post Office designation of "Jamestown") for nearly 30 years, it is really heartwarming to read the reminiscences of other people to whom the town is special. We are planning a rededication ceremony for the newly renovated Town Hall within the next month - I will post the date here after it's set at a meeting tonight - and everyone is welcome to join us in the celebration!

Tuesday, March 09, 2010

Hiya Rocky, Fell in love with Colorado after seeing John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara's movie "McClintock!" Absolutely beautiful country! What Ghost towns are around the "Mesa Verde" area? This is suppose to be the area where "George Washington McClintock's" spread and ranch was supposed to have been and I love that area especially. Course the movie theme song sung by the lime lighters mentioning "Cripple Creek" didn't hurt it's popularity in my books either. My e-mail is Thanks. Hope you can satisfy my curiosity some and some idea of property values around some of the more lively "Ghosttowns" in the Mesa Verde or Cripple creek areas wouldn't hurt any either. Thanks again! Sincerely, Mr. Walter M Kelliher

Monday, March 08, 2010

Wow! Such memories......such scary memories! My family and I made several trips over Rollins pass in the late 60's and early 70's. I was born in 1960 so I was fairly young at the time. We took a Rambler or a Volkswagen Van on these trips and made it every time. My most vivid memories were the crossing of the Devils Slide trestle, nothing scared me more.

Tuesday, March 02, 2010

Any information anyone would like to share about someone who lived in Alma or is buried in our historic Buckskin Cemetery is encouraged to contact The Alma Foundation - 501-c-3. We would greatly appreciate your stories to add to our archives and current work on surveying our Cemetery. or

Tuesday, March 02, 2010

I've been through Cleator recently for the first time and it was quite an experience. Not only was it super unique but the people were quite nice as pie. I met Dave and the bartender and they were awesome! They both knew the bar I work at, Cheers, and I plan on stopping in there every time I go to crown King~ Becca, glendale, az

Monday, March 01, 2010

hi like the pictures of Grover Colorado i grew up there in the 80's and my family owned the Colorado's finest bar and cafe in Grover and Pawnee high school known as Pawnee jackrabbits.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

I'm a Colorado native, born & bred in Denver, lived in Florissant, Manitou Springs & now reside in Grand Junction. I inherited an explorer's nature from my parents, but I hadn't seen much of the Western Slope despite living in the state my whole life, until my mom & I moved here in '97. My husband & I spent our honeymoon in Telluride & Gunnison in the fall, which was the first time I visited Alta Lakes. The area was absolutely breathtaking! It was so wonderful just hanging out around the lakes, relaxing after all the stress of the wedding, enjoying the fall colors, with just my new hubby for company. The memory's like having my own little world to go to when life gets to be too much to handle! -Jinx, Grand Junction, CO

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Hi everyone. Just came across a photo postcard that reads "Picnic, July 4-1909. Near Russell, Colo.". I think it may be Russell gulch. Great family and friends picnic photo in the aspen trees. On the back is written "Cliff cabin is straight across the creek with the white door. This is a picnic they had last 4th." Wish I had more info. Happy to email pictures of these folks, maybe someone knows them. Leslie at

Monday, February 15, 2010

Interesting site. My father was born in Hanover New Mexico on Dec. 16, 1923. I have never been their, not sure if their was ever a hospital their, seem like Silver City would be more logical, but Birth Cirt. states Hanover, N M, anybody know or can please advise, would be appreciated, Greg

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Oops, sorry, the Gregor K. Mining Company was in Colorado. My Mother and all of her siblings were born in Colorado Springs and I lived there for 9 months in the mid-60's. Carole in Montana

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Found your site while trying to find info on the Gregor K. Gold Mining, Lumber and Milling Company. I've ended up with a certificate for "5000 shares of the Capital Stock" issued in 1913, from that company. It is a shame that no one "cashed" them in, but the certificate is pretty and will look good framed.... Carole in Montana

Saturday, February 06, 2010

I am so happy that this town will be restored, we as a people can never know where we are going if we don't know where we have come from. Ruth Davis

Monday, February 01, 2010

Mike, The new look of adding comments to the pages comes off really well. It adds tremendously to the pages to see the people that have lived there, or are still living there, indicating stuff that would otherwise be lost. As a living-history site, you've developed something of real value. You accept pictures from your fans? I've a couple if you have the space (which may not be trivial...)! Brian

Rocky Writes - THANKS - I appreciate the comments.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Hey Mike, Just in case my previous guestbook entry got blown away in your hardware woes of late, thanks for the most interesting places to poke around in on your fine web site - Robin Morgan

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Rocky-as many of the rest of your visitors to your site, I stumbled across it as I was Googling Eldora and ghost towns. My great-grandfather bought a miner's cabin in Eldora in 1900. My family used it as a summer place- I'm not sure why, because they lived in Boulder. However, my parents gave me the cabin as a gift this past Christmas. I love you site! There is nothing I like more than to explore the mountains in the summer and I have always been fascinated with ghost towns. Your site will be helpful in my wanderlust. Another fun area is Lake Eldora- just up the mountain. There are three beautiful lakes, an old burned out Lodge and abandoned cabins. Across from Peterson Lake at the top of the road before you enter the ski area, is the Terror Mine and a mining camp with a dozen one-room mining cabins in an aspen grove.

Rocky Says - Send me an email address pls, maybe we can check these spots out together.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Found this site researching my step fathers family history. He was born in Keota. Randy Gray

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Hello. Great website. I really appreciate your photos of Alma. My Great-Grandmother, Flora Alma Bateman (nee Jones) was born there in 1875. (That must have been wild!) Thanks again. Martin Kauper, Covina, CA mkauper (at)

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

A history of Summitville can be found in my historical novel "Citadel Mountain III - 1885-1920." Summitvile is truly at the top of the list when it comes to ghost towns and is easy to access. The area is scenic and beautiful. It should be at the top of the list as a place to visit. Maynard Cornett Adams/MCA Books, PO Box 804, Ft. Lupton, CO 80621

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Hi,found your site looking for info. on Nevadaville, Co.Stumbled into Nevadaville on fishing trip to Central City Pond this summer.Thought it was the coolest place.Hard to imagine that a few thousand people occupied during the 1860's and70's. Found a good book on the area titled "Gulch of Gold" by Caroline Bancroft.Good historical info. about CentralCentral City, Black Hawk, Nevadaville, Russel Gulch and Mountain City which I never kmew was between Central and Black Hawk. Looking foward to hiking around this coming spring. Really like your site and love Colo. history. G.Miranda,Thornton,Colo.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

My great grandmother Emilia Araujo lived in Mogollon and owned a general store. It burnt down and she did rebuild and continue her business. I'm not sure on dates, would have to check with my Dad or Aunt. Theresa Okamura, Rancho Cucamonga, CA

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Great photos! Thanks for the tour! Leon Cooper

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Hi. Meant to thank you a million times for your splendid pics of Colorado. My body is in Fl. but my heart is there! Had a heart-stopping experience in St. Elmo's circa 1984. Upper campground was new and only 2 campers that night. After supper my husband said "let's get out of here early, this place is creepy". I felt an overwhelming sadness over all, but did not say so and was glad to hear his comment. Then the other campers asked if we had been to the graveyard. We did not know of it, but went in the AM as it was very close. SO sad! Many infants and children. Doubtless we felt the "thought forms" from the grief and bitterness, of so many hard lives. We spoke to the woman who ran the store and stayed at St. Elmo through the winter. Her jeep had a plow and she went down daily to drive the school bus in Buena Vista, I believe. Thanks again.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

My Husband & I lived in Durango for 10 yrs and camped the SW mtns with joy. Had to move for family reasons, but now he does so in spirit and his son and I have been back several times. There is a delightful, highly researched, "time travel" novel written about Alta & Telluride by Marlys Millhiser "The Threshold". I read it often because I remember Telluride from the early 70's before it boomed. Ophir was a place "hippies" lived and guarded from outsiders! I cannot begrudge city folk a consciousness raising experience of outstanding beauty! Maggie ( 1/10/2010

Saturday, January 02, 2010

Okay two more towns I thought of. Querida, Custer County, Colorado and Portland, Fremont County, Colorado. Portland is where they make cement. My grandma told me that some houses made of concert is where black people lived at. Don't know if true or not you'd have to look into that. Sabrina Nelson of Lander,Wyoming

Saturday, January 02, 2010

Pretty cool stuff. I knew of Virginia Dale because we go by it everytime we go to colorado. I have mentioned Rosita and Chandler. There's one other in fremont county that starts with a "P" but I can't remember all there is cement factory there. Keep up the good work!

Saturday, January 02, 2010

I'd like to know more about Chandler. I know there isn't a town anymore just a road but I would like to know more. Or even see pictures when it was a town. Sabrina Nelson of Lander, Wyoming




Thursday, December 31, 2009

I just surfed into your site and can readily see why it has won numerous awards. I was born and raised in the Leadville area in 1942, and I really appreciate all of the great mining images that you are sharing of Colorado. I now live in Texas and while I miss Colorado, I don't miss the hard winters. Con

uesday, December 29, 2009

My father Anthony James Reymann was born in Wildhorse Colorado in 1907. Since he died when I was nine in 1963 I didn't get the chance to find out much about Wildhorse. If the town burned in 1917 were birth records saved? Is the town still there? I would like to visit someday. His fathers name was William Reymann. They moved to Denver I don't know the date , but it was said that my grandpa was a volunteer firemen in Denver. If anyone has info please email me at

Monday, December 21, 2009

I left the message about living in Gilman in the 50's I wanted to leave my email address

Saturday, December 19, 2009

I like your site. My family have lived in Colorado since the 1870's. There is alot to do and see in this state. And you are doing our part in getting people here and looking. Thanks.

Rocky says - You are welcome !

Friday, December 18, 2009

well this was fun to read. My family moved to Gilman in 1953 & lived there until 1956. My name is Lois Trout. My stepdad was Doc Hess. I have been trying to get in touch with some classmates maybe this will help. My mom was saying just last week a man had been killed in the mine while we were there. I had forgotten, but I remember Dick Lucero he was a friend of my dads. Living in Gilman as a teen was a very special experince. There is a wonder room at the mining musem in Leadville called the gilman room.

Monday, December 14, 2009

I recently moved to Colorado from the UK and the whole Ghost Town thing facinates me. This site is a great resource keep it up! Leon

Sunday, December 13, 2009

I did a google search for Tolland and besides all the municipal and commercial stuff in CT & MA, this site came up. Pretty funny about the moons setting on the Big 8 train trip. Looks like the town can use a little of that "stimulus" money. Rob Tolland, Sterling, MA Ghost

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

I did another entry about my one time visit to my dad's hometown of Keota, CO, but if anyone knows history on my dad's family (Ray Jobbins - or any of Clifford Jobbins family) or has memories or pictures that would be of that family I'd love to hear from them. Email me at if you know about any Jobbins from Keota, CO Thanks!

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

I tried to enter something and will try again. My dad. Ray Jobbins grew up in Keota, CO and I went there with him as a teenager and found his mom's grave. I wonder if it is still identifiable. he died quite a while ago but i was wishing he could see this site! We visited that little store and the man had an album with pictures of my dad as a little boy and knew who he was right away!

Tuesday, December 08, 2009

I live in Roggen, my family has been here for 30 plus years. I was looking at the pictures of buildings in Roggen and saw the one of the old school house and was over joyed. My great uncle used to own that place and turned it into a home. I remember many family holidays there. Thank you for recognizing our special little town. JENNIFER armintrout

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Checking out your pictures, love them. My grandpa William H. Pfalzgraff settled in Wildhorse, Colorado and my father Wilburt H. Pfalzgraff was born there on April 25, 1910. My family had a hotel called the Pfalzgraff Hotel which burned down during the fire. My grandpa moved to Spiritfalls, Wisconsin around 1917, I assume after the fire. Keep up the good work. Willie Pfalzgraff

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Well I,m 80 plus and will no doubt be a ghost soon. So can you tell me what I should wear as a ghost while haunting towns during the winter? George Barter

Rocky Writes -- As a ghost it is okay to wear nothing or whatever you like as most people can't see you anyway and you don't need to worry about the temperature as you can't feel it.. So I have been told..

Friday, November 13, 2009

Well, I'm not a ghost, but I'm sure old enough to be one... my name is Lawrence Purcell and no I never lived in beautiful Colorado. I was born in NJ and now live inCA and mt Purcells came from Ireland during the Great Famine. They settled in PA and from there ranged over the great reaches of the US,

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Just kinda stumbled upon the site.I really enjoyed looking at all the old pictures. Back about 1960 I was in Black Hawk,I was 10 years old then.It sure looks alot bigger now than then. We lived west of Denver up a big mountian called Cold Creek Canyon.I have always wanted to go back there,Oh well maybe someday.Keep up the good work.Rocky.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Mrs Strohm, I am deeply saddened to hear of Wendall's passing and you have my condolances. He was a good friend of my Fathers who lived across the street in the house across the street. His name was Dan Wall. Is he still in Russell Gulch? I too remember Hauling water up virginia canyon road. What fun! email

Monday, November 09, 2009

This ia a bunch of garbage, please remove my comments on your list. My comments we3re for a legitimate purpose. I am a published author and I am embarassed to be part of your site. Doris Monahan.

Saturday, November 07, 2009

I just happened on to this site by chance, it brought back some fun memories. I lived in Tiger in the summer of 1968, I was 12 or 13 at the time, no one else lived there except my mom, younger brother and my youngest sister. It was fun except when the grizzlies would come around at night foraging for food! We lived in the second house on the right when you first come into Tiger. LOL what a fun summer! Del Ballweber

Wednesday, November 04, 2009

My great grandparents George and Maria Schiefer settled in Russell Gulch around 1880 and raised 9 children. My grandfather Joseph Schaffer was the youngest. Note the spelling, a teacher in the Russell Gulch school told him that he was in America and needed to Americanize his name, I think the younger 4 siblings changed the spelling and the older ones kept the origional. My grandfather, Joseph, died in Russell Gulch in 1985. The ruins of the house he was born in 1899 are on Harris Road just off Dakota Ridge Road on the west side. When he died he was living the house directly across from the large intact bulding that I think was a general store. My great grandfather work at the Old Town, Topeka, and Pewabic mines. My grandfather talked of of a baseball team that travelled to other mining camps and was the best in area (I think everyone's ancestors were the beast at what ever they did). He aslo talked of a large band that his father and older brothers played in. My grandfather made his living during prohibition using the abandoned mines to maufacture and store booze. My dad says this was pretty common and Russell Gulch had a large revival at that time.

Monday, November 02, 2009

My family owns a cabin in one of these pictures. We visit this place at least once a year it is very nice place to be.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Sure do enjoy the photos and descriptions, especially the upgrades from guests. Learning a lot and very enjoyable. Regards, Charlie, Purcell Pioneer [Colorado]

Thursday, October 29, 2009

What an interesting site! Great photography and information on ghost towns. I can tell that a lot of love goes into this site and wanted to say thanks! Dave Blair Vail, Colorado

Thursday, October 29, 2009

My name is Vanesa Strohm and I lived in Russell Gulch from Nov.97 to August 2003. My husbands name Wendell Strohm. We lived in the green house pictured. Wendell lived in that house for 20 years or more. Too bad you didn't get the outhouse in the picture. It had a fallout shelter sign on the front and a TV antenna on the top. He also had a sign in his living room that said restrooms out back. The cabin had no running water so we hauled it from Idaho Springs in 3 or 4 50 gal barrels at a time once or twice a month. He used to say the only running water we have is the water we RUN to get. We have a daughter named Kimi who was born when we lived there. She's 7 yrs old now. We lost her dad in June of 07. Wendell was truely the love of my life and is deeply missed. I will forever cherish the memories of living in Russell Gulch, and so thrilled to see pictures of the house and barn that he owned across the street. I have quite a few pictures of Wendell shoveling snow, and we lived there when we had 7 feet of snow the week of Spring break. A HUGE snow plow went in a ditch in front of our house, and another had to come pull it out. One year it snowed so deep he had to find his volkswagon by sticking his broom stick in the snow until he found it. Thanks again for the site. Vanesa Strohm

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Gold Hill is one of my favorite places, which is why I got married at the Gold Hill Inn. Such terrific people in that town! BasinLover, Golden, CO

Friday, October 23, 2009

Wow nice to see Tolland having a presence on the World Wide Web... my connection to Tolland goes back over 45 years.... Just spent a wonderful two weeks there this last July...

Saturday, October 17, 2009

I am not visiting. I have just been reading a story "Nothing to lose" . In the process of reading I'd like to know if the town Hope is an absolute fiction or if there are such peculiar places in your country. With my residence place it is easier. It is Saint Petersburg in Russia. May it remains long! Good luck to people from strange and curios places. Come to S.Petersburg.There are some unusual places here. Ludmilla. October 18, 2009 1:00 my city time

Friday, October 02, 2009

Great photo's. My husband and I were just there in September. My gg grandfather John W. Remine and his family first lived there after moving from Minnesota in 1861. Their house burned down, they then moved to Central City. He was a lawyer there and later became a district court judge for Summit County. Paula Schommer,

Thursday, September 24, 2009

I was a runaway in 1973 and stayed up in Russell Gulch in some shacks up there with some people we meet at a rest stop during an April blizzard. We were 4 under age kids in a stolen volkswagen. Lived in central city- worked for Myer Helfant at a burger joint and hung out at the Red Bandanna and Toll Gate tavern . Long time ago. Anyone out here?

Thursday, September 10, 2009

The more I live in Colorado, the more amazed I get by the place and the people. This is one excellent web site. My compliments. Brian in Colo Spr...

Wednesday, September 09, 2009

I do the same thing here in Nevada. I used to live in Co. If you get out to these part, I can give you directions to several town long abandoned, but relatively intact. Like your site. Chris.

Wednesday, September 09, 2009

Re: Alma Hotel and David Linton's question: The hotel is the left part of the Alma's Only Bar. My husband, Wilber, and I ran it for a bit in the spring of 1973. We filled it with our hippies friends and had a grand time!! Nonnie, now in sunny California

Tuesday, September 08, 2009

I haven't written for a while, but the western slope has a number of ghost towns, from scraped, like Uravan, or Vanadium. There are places like Carpenter north of Grand Junction, and I think there are some places like Pinon or Pinyon that were more temporary. Dan Miller

Saturday, September 05, 2009

Marvin H. Jones was the man instrumental in getting the elevator in Roggen as well as in Kersey started.This was before 1953.

Friday, September 04, 2009

My great great grandfather, Joseph Kramer, owned the saloon in Nevadaville during the town's early mining days; and the last time I visited about 10 years ago, there was still a make-shift sign on the building that said "Joseph Kramer's Saloon" . . . certainly not the original. In the photos above it is the red building with the three arched windows. At the time of my visit, the building was being used as an antique store, but some of the original wallpaper from the saloon days could still be seen on the wall. In the photos above, I notice a "For Sale" sign on the outside of the building . . . certainly wish I could reclaim this piece of my family's history. Thank you for making it possibe for a long-distance relative to see a bit of this wonderful old ghost town. Barbara Castillo Scottsdale, AZ

Friday, September 04, 2009

Enjoyed the pictures of Keota. My brother and I visited the cemetery on 9/2/2009. Appears many children died between 1914-1918 probably the result of the flu epidemic? Tom, Appleton, WI.

Tuesday, September 01, 2009

Mike...have corrosponded with a couple people i met here on your site..exchanged photos stories etc sure wish someone would compile a book of photos taken by folks who inhabited many of those "Ghost Towns" during the hieght of what I call Colorado(and New Mexico) "hippei era"..circa 1968 -1973 ..would make a nice "coffee table book"...just passed this thought to are already set up for the input...maybe you could make a buck or two Les

Tuesday, September 01, 2009

Thank you very Interesting. SHAUN

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

I would like to thank you for this fantastic site. I left Colorado 20 years ago to Oregon and I recently returned to Colorado. I am glad to be back, Colorado is "home". I will never leave again. Thanks again for sharing your research in ghost towns!! Steve

Rocky writes - Nope - THANKS TO YOU for visiting as comments like yours make my hobby worthwhile.

Monday, August 24, 2009

August 24,2009 I was reading the comments and noted that "Rick" said his dad who lived in Red Cliff and operated a bus company was killed in the Gilman Mine in 1956. I remember this accident as I was the mine foreman. It was Dick Lucero and happened much earlier in the late 1940's as I left Gilman in October, 1950. He was taking empty cars from an incline to the 1800 level and somehow got caught in the operation. No one else was around. He was a valuable employee and his bus transportation was much appreciated by the miners who lived in Red Cliff. Mayo Lanning cooperbird@juno.come

Monday, August 24, 2009

Paula, Denver, CO. Really enjoyed the web site. I do like Idaho Springs, I like the idea of small towns. Usually only go up once a year for the fantastic fireworks on the 4th of July. Wonderful day each time. Thank you.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Fred, Timmins, ON, Canada. You have a Very Good web site! My city, Timmins, is a mining town, with operating, gold and base metal mining. We have many abandoned mines here, but due to government intervention, most of these abandoned mines are leveled to be made safe to the public. I have been employed as an underground miner for over 34yrs.,and I am a mining history NUT. Again," a great web site", thank you.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

The Summit Springs battlefield was closed because of vandalism. As you can see, someone has tried to pry off one of the text plates even when this picture was taken. The people in charge (don't know who) are trying to to protect the markers. It is such a large area, the problem is difficult to solve. Doris Monahan.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

You have contributed an important group of pictures for the Summit Springs battlefield since the site is now closed to the public WITH A CHAIN ACROSS THE ROAD! Doris Monahan, Sterling Colorado

Thursday, August 20, 2009

I'm a flatlander from Iowa, but have been over Mosquito Pass twice from the Leadville side,but was stopped by a good size rock from the Alma side, also been over Engineer Pass 4 times, Cinnamon, Oprah and Hancock once. I really enjoy your pictures, nice work. Gerald, Urbandale, Iowa

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Reading your entry on Mosquito Pass in Colorado leads me to reminisce about a time in my life when I was much younger and much less intelligent! In the summer of 1993, I was vacationing in Summit County with a female friend. We had driven out there in a Toyota Camry from Memphis, TN. I had been out the area many times before and was very familiar with the lore surrounding Mosquito Pass, but had never even tried to conquer it. Well, this time, I was up for the challenge! So, on a typically beautiful sunny summer day, we started from Leadville and headed up the our Toyota Camry! Needless to say, we did not make it far until we heard a horrible noise underneath the car followed by some odd smells and smoke. After our car was towed to Denver to a Toyota service center, we were told that we essentially ripped out part of the transmission. It was rebuilt, and we safely made it back to Memphis in just a few days. Despite this occurence, I still long to make the journey over Mosquito Pass one time, I will bring a jeep!!

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

In the thirty years we have lived in southern Nevada I must confess that we have only visited a couple quasi-ghostowns (Oatman, AZ and Calico, CA). Not exactly my idea of true ghost towns that are abandoned by all living humans. We appreciate your works and your sharing. I would like to use a couple of your photos to sketch for my private use only. Please advise, Yours truly, The Hergetts, Phil and Pat (married in 1971 :-) Las Vegas, NV

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Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Just came across your section on the old mining town Tiger, near Breckenridge. Was interesting to see what it looks like now.......long after the Forest Service burned all the cabins to the ground in 73 to rid the land of the hippies. I was one of those hippies living there from 71 right up to the burning. Have always dreamed about returning someday to see the old place, but sure doesn't look the same. As I recall, there were about 15 or 20 of us living there on a full time basis. Sometimes more, sometimes less. It was a great time. We put a lot of work into restoring those old cabins, complete with wood/coal burning stoves for cooking and heat. We built a communal sweat lodge that was used by everyone. Although a lot of the memories are a little fuzzy from that time (wonder why), I remember a couple of bus loads of tourist driving in to see 'real hippies' living in the wild. The whole area was filled with hippies, some living in teepees, others living further up in the mountains in abandoned cabins. The meeting place for us all was the Gold Pan Bar and Grill in Breckenridge - which I understand is still there, but I'm sure with a different clientele now. We would all come down out of the hills on a Friday/Sat night and rock the place until closing. I have some photos of Tiger and some of the people who lived there if anyone is interested. Would be great to hear from anyone else who was there during that time. I can be reached at Peace to all. David

Friday, August 07, 2009

My family lived in Idaho Springs many different times, but the most memorable time, was the mobile home we had across the street from the post office. The owner of the lot was selling it and therefore we had to move along with three or four other families with mobile homes on the lot. A few days before the truck was to come pick up our mobile home it rained and rained. There was so much rain that our mobile home (which was the last one to be moved), slowly sank into the mud. There are pictures somewhere in my parents stuff, of the mobile home almost on it side, the front is buried in the mud with the back sticking up. I think it even made the papers, but then I was only 11 at the time, so I don't remember for sure. I remember the lady that owned the lot, lost the sell, because there was a panic that a shaft was underneath the lot and our mobile home was sinking into the shaft. This was a big deal, because as long as I could remember the public pool was closed for this very reason. Something about water kept leaking out of the pool and it took them a few years to figure out that it was sitting on top of a mine shaft. We lived there in 1980's to early 90's. There was no shaft under our mobile home and eventually the lady sold the lot. The public pool was re-built on the other end of town. Shortly after we moved away from Idaho Springs, they built a day care center on the site of the old public pool. Guess they figured that since they weren't loosing millions of gallons of water down the shaft that they danger was gone. Go figure. Thanks for the site, I really enjoyed looking at all the pictures and relearning some of the gold rush history. It's been forever since I've been back up to the mountains to explore. I will have to make the time and take my kids up.

Sunday, August 02, 2009

I am sending you a copy of an article written in the Denver Post about my great-aunt. As a young girl of 13 she was kidnapped in Grand Junction, Colorado and taken for almost 1 year to the mountain mining town of Tolland, Colorado. I never found the names of the couple who kidnapped her. Hope you find it interesting.

Saturday, August 01, 2009

i really love scenetic views and ghosttowns includes to my interest..a big thank u to all those who shares lovely ghost towns pics on net...more power and God bless! I dont get bored actually scanning such pics always

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

My mother in law was going through her family photos and she came across a couple old pictures of Russell Gulch. My guess is from the 1880's. There is one of a school (complete bell tower on the roof). I think this a different school than one standing today. The second is of a place called the Oxford Hotel. My mother in law's stepfather Al LaVota was born in Russell Gulch in the early 1890's. I am told his father was killed in the "Glory Hole". Rich - Kansas City, Mo

Friday, July 24, 2009

Just found your website. It's great! I loved seeing your pictures and reading the comments about Bonanza. My brother and I were born in Salida and we lived in Bonanza at the time. I had grandparents, 3 aunts and uncles, and lots of first cousins living there at the time. My family all mined. My grandfather had a mine called the Maybelle which is just below Round Mountain. My father died before I was born and my step father fell in love with Bonanza. He bought a cabin for $200.00 plus $50.00 back taxes in the mid 50's. It is still there (in very poor condition)along with the outhouse and the bridge crossing the creek. (I too threw rocks in the creek when it was polluted from the mines. It has now been cleaned up and it now supports fish.) I was disappointed that you had not taken a picture of our cabin. It is really quite picturesque. The cabin is white with my dad's Texas license plate over it that reads "BALTAR". I was wondering if you had possibly taken a picture of it as well. I could send you some photos that I just took the first of July with some commentary. You have a picture of my grandfather's home. I just love Bonanza and when I go there, I feel reconnected to my roots. Margaret, Lake Jackson, TX.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Like your site. My family has visited Boulder and the area for 20+ years. We are from Salina, Kansas and visited Salina, Colorado when we stayed at the 4 Mile Canyon lodge. Loved your little corner of the world and could tell there was quite a history there. We did a little research and the Colorado version was indeed named by a man from Salina, KS. I don't remember his name, but he was involved in mining somehow. There was a cafe the last time visted that looked interesting. I hope it's still there. Hope to visit Salina again, soon. Gene H

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Rocky please dont publish recent post re Russell Gulch ...almost 40 years later still afraid of some of those folks thanks LesCordoza

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Well it seems Old Lowell A Griffith had a soft spot in his heart for for a whole line of hippies who rented the cabin@Pewabic Mine in Russell the FIRST on in this group I can simply comment that partially his motive was to protect his cabin/mine bldgs and 70 acres of property,,but also the local redneck "Powers That Be" hated him for this and he was a jolly old mischief maker who got a big kick out of placing a burr under thier pictures I see now from Russell looks like what people refer to as "The Fort" is a big compound that was called "The Stone House" in those days(69-70) and unlike current pics it had a roof and was completly functional one of the very few "hippie hovels"that actually had electricity cos it was right on the lower road..anybody out there who can fill us in on what happened to the roof (my guess would be fire .. my second guess would be arson)..6o yrs old now still a hippie ..............................................................................................................................Les Cordoza

Tuesday, July 07, 2009

My grandfather and my mother were born in Niwot. I lived for a short time in Russell Gulch. I lived in Uravan for ten years, but I don't see Uravan in your list. Why not?

Sunday, July 05, 2009

I lived in pewabic in 1972-3. We only paid 25 bucks a month. Paul Felton lived in the white house across from the fort. I have two friends from that era, and i would like to know

Sunday, July 05, 2009

Rocky, I was born in Gilman as was my brother (1950 and '51 respectively). My dad was a miner and owned the bus company in Red Cliff. He was killed in a mining accident in 1956. I have some ore samples and core drillings from the mine. Thanks for the pictures. Rich

Sunday, July 05, 2009

Drove through Russell Gulch today. Great to see the people who lived at Pewabic. Completing the lineage should be Dan & Nancy Miller, who live here in Grand Junction, and lived at Pewabic 1972-1973. I lived at the Pogue the same winter, in a small trailer, and was caretaking for Benny Laubin (spelling?), who I was amazed to find, moved up there and is still in residence (he seemed pretty old when I met him in '72, but then I was 23.) Spoke to the folks who've lived in the house across from "The Fort" since '79, and was very cool to remember those magical (wild, scary, nutso) times as a disfunctional hippy community. Any history folks know what "The Fort" was originally (in '72 it was a conglomerated crash-pad hostel who knows what, with a flourishing "midnight auto parts" business across the way in stolen Volkswagons from Denver.) Bob Weiss - Grand Jct.

Thursday, July 02, 2009

Your site brought back memories from 1961 when I made several trips over the pass in a 1957 VW. In the early 1980's, older but not wiser, I returned and rode the pass again on a R-80 BMW motorcycle. On that trip the road was blocked by a dirt mound which I negligently circumvented and the tunnel at the top was blocked by a rock pile which I managed to climb the bike over. I am back in CO on a trip and it looks like the pass is now open to the top. Perhaps a return trip is in the works but in a jeep this time.

Thursday, July 02, 2009

I have been down into Gilman on two occasions and it was awesome. We were tossed out the second time and were told that it is infact very dangerous! Animals, asbestos, zink in everything, etc,,, But dispite all of the unfortunate destruction (everything "tagged", smashed windows, etc,,,) the place is awesome. It's funny though, when you ask townsfolk questions about the town, everyone clams up,,,lol makes it even more cool.

Thursday, July 02, 2009

I have to admit that I never lived in Gilman,,,, but have ventutred into town on two occasions. Was tossed out the second time, but it is such an amaizing and interesting place! Most everything in town is either smashed or "tagged" and it is a true shame. The old bank, the Hospital, the different store fronts, and abandoned homes (which now are home to some small furry creatures) It's an awesome place and it's SAD what people have done to destroy it all! It's too bad it's an unsafe place to explore BUT it's awesome none the less!

Wednesday, July 01, 2009

I lived in Nevadaville for about 3 months, beautiful place that is very full of ghost's. At night when the time is right you can still hear the stamp mills pounding rocks. The town is full of residents of long ago. A clear summer night is a good time to catch a few with your camera! Sometimes you can get a very clear audio of an old timer too.

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

looks like you have pretty cool site here, to include some photos and even some history about the towns, GREAT job, I'm book marking your page.

Friday, June 26, 2009

I worked at Gilman as a mining engineer from 1943-1950. Three of our children were born in the hospital and one died there. We enjoyed the t bar lift at Cooperhill. The high altitude affected my wife and the co transferred us to PA. We loved Colorado and the friends we made at Gilman. Mayo Lanning

Friday, June 26, 2009

Thank for for great site !

Sunday, June 21, 2009

That's the Face On The BARROOM Floor, not "ballroom". There is an old poem about it and yes, the face is there because of the poem, not the other way 'round

Rocky says - THANKS - My spelling error has been corrected.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Can not wait to go to Ouray in 2 weeks. Love your sight The Nana's New Hampshire and Massachusetts

Friday, June 12, 2009

Well, I just drove up there today and the place seemed pretty abandoned to me. There was one couple working on a house and I saw a couple of big dogs at another, but there sure didn't seem to be a lot of new building going on. Many old structures and most of the newer ones pretty much fit into the theme of the place in my judgment. I want to go back and explore some more.

Friday, June 12, 2009

I just want to say that I think your website is excellent and exemplifies how the web can really be used as a platform for communicating wonderful things. My family and I have made Lakewood, CO our home having moved here from Texas in January, 2007. Your website is now one of our favorites. The photos set out and reference materials cited on your website are our starting-off point for learning more about Colorado which we are proud to claim as our home. Our condolences to the Aldrich family as regards Mr. Aldrich’s passing – what a wonderful man he must have been. I look forward to securing any of his works that will become newly published. Pat Green (

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Great Photos ! Ican't find a map that will show how to get there from the Front Range, Denver, Estes Park, Boulder, etc. Gerald Swank -

Friday, June 05, 2009

Friday, June 5, 2009 My name is Paula Bancroft and have truely enjoyed this website. I once lived in Montrose, Colorado along time ago. At that time consisted of three blocks of mainstreet, alot of old homes, plus the new ones my dad helped my uncle build by the school I attended, same indoor movie house and drive-in still exist. If we had already seen the movie showing at the movie house, we'd walk to the drive-in and watch that one. We could walk the whole town in 15 minutes! Can't tell by looking at it today it has expanded. Was only there for 8 months, but graduated from the 8th grade ready to go to Montrose High School but had to move back to Denver for my dad to find a new job. He had finished building the new homes. Sorry for that, I really enjoyed the small town scene and miss it alot. Anyone remember, love to hear from you!

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Hello! My name is Stella Ambartzi and i am an Artist from Greece.I have lived at Colorado Springs in the past.Colorado is a wonderful place to live with nice people.I feel homesick very often and i visit the sites about Colorado on the internet very often or look at the photos i took when i was living there.You have great photos. I wish you all there all the best! With honor. Stella Ambartzi.Greek Artist. e-mail:

Sunday, May 17, 2009

5-17-09, Sunday, I tried to visit the Summit Springs battlefield today near Sterling, CO. I found the private road to the battlefield, but a chain was placed across the road. Are there specific hours of operation for the battlefied? Send visitor accessibility info to:, Thanks, Jim.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Great site - I enjoyed the Colorado ghost towns and the Indian Ruins in New Mexico. Keep up the good work - Left a little something in the tip jar so you can buy some gas. HAPPY TRAILS TO YOU --- Lone Ranger - Colorado

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

I wrote not too long ago about the first 14 years of my life and what Jamestown means to me. It meant a lot to my mom as well. Unfortunately, she passed away on April 16th. I know that she felt that a part of her blonged in Jamestown. She was best friends with Nancy Botzum (Goodard), as well as friend to many of the inhabitants. I know she missed living there almost everyday of her life. She once rode a horse the entire length of Jamestown on the bottom side of the horse. Jamestown was her life for so long. I am sorry that no one from Jamestown was abe to make it to her service, but that is not what mattered to my mom. Thank you to all of you from Jamestown that helped form my mom's (Stacy) life, and for giving her the memories she had. And thank you for my memories. I will never forget that beautifull little mountain town. Anyone who needs to contact me is free to do so @ Jamestown is the best and it will always be iin my heart.

Saturday, April 25, 2009

April 25. 2009:Thanks again for the website and to Mr. Eggleston who sent photos added to Park City site. After re-reading his comments I believe the Orphan Boy Bar must be the very first place we lived in until my Father began to work at the London Butte Mine. Dad said it was a dining room of the Orphan Boy and the owner said we could live there for taking care of it I have one photo of my year old brother standing outside. Years later I asked my dad where was the Orphan Boy ..he replied it was about one half a mile..straight up! Do you know what happened to the "spring" where Dad went to carry water for household use. It was in a building with a sign of some kind warning about something. Very clear deep water is what I remember . R.C. Rempe

Friday, April 24, 2009

Great site, I'll be returning often. The St. Elmo pics are outstanding

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

I lived in Jamestown for the first 14 years of my life (1981-1995). My favorite memorie, besides my wedding and the birth of my children, are in that town. I loved Margret Lee and her gift shop. I ate more meals at the Merc then anywhere else in my life. I even worked there a litte. My mom way the town clerk for a while and she worked at the Merc many a times. My first kiss was at the fantastic waterfall. The waterfall was also where I just about broke my ankle. So many memories. Thank you for your site. Its wonderful to see all the pictures and to see the stories of fellow Jimtown people.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

I was really happy when my friend Jim L. who still lives in Russell gulch turned me on too this site. I too lived in the Pewabic Cabin from 1973 through 1976. It seems much longer though . I remember the cold winters but with great joy.My friend Mike K. and I were led to the cabin by a guy named Mark fonda who said it was sitting empty and that he knew the landlord L.A. Griffith. We met with L.A. and he rented it to us for thirty dollars a month.. It was in June or July of 1973.. Later that year he sold me a beautiful wood burning cookstove in which I roasted a thirty pound turkey in for Thanksgiving that year. I have a lot of memories of my time in the area , many which I haven't thought of for some time. Thanks to whoever setup this site!!! I move from there to Lake Havasu City, AR and then to Cayucos,Ca. Both were or are small towns .. In fact Cayucos is similar in size to Idaho Springs in that it is three blocks wide and three miles long

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Sunday April 19, 2009 I lost this site for a while, and was greatly relieved to find it again after a hard drive crash. Thanks to the person who told me about Ann the landlady's house, in Park City CO, burned down in 1960 .and for providing a last name. I never thought I discover her last name, since both my parents are deceased. In another post I asked about Carl Peterson's bar and dining room. I must have put it in the wrong place, they were in Central City on the main street, not Park City, thanks for the reply. and a special Thank You to Mike for this marvelous site. R.C. Rempe

Sunday, April 19, 2009

i am from Wisconsin ,and lived in Colorado during the 90s. i made a solo trip from durango to telluride over ophir pass. i decided to take a shortcut over the area between the two----looked easy on the map---ha! anyway, much to my surprise was a ghost town named alta--wow! i explored the town with nobody else around. what a memory. i then climbed a mt. goat trail above the lakes to reach a plateau that would pop me out on top of the ski hill at telluride. epic.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

My Grandma is Floa May Steiger and they homesteaded a few miles outside of Keota. She had 8 children, the one you have the name on the grave, Edith, who went far for a women of those days, She had a PHD in Economics, wrote a book about WWII where she meant many important people. Worked in a high positions at Revlon and much more My mother passed at the age of 92 in Okla where she lived her last two years with me and my husband. I still have an uncle that lives in Texas, but have lost contact and don't know if he is living. We lived in Cheyenne Wyoming when I was growin up and went to the homestead to vist my grandmother weekly...even then not too much left of Ketoa. So many memories.


Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Hi Rocky; I've really enjoyed visiting your site. I moved from Florida, to Nevada, 2 1/2 years ago and enjoy getting out to sightsee for interesting photo opportunities. I plan to do several 'day trips' this spring and I'm getting some interesting ideas from our site. I didn't see anything, on your site, about Rhyolite. That seems like it would be another interesting place to visit. Thank you for the wonderful info! Jen from Las Vegas, NV

Rocky Replies - Yep - another one I need to add. Maybe it would be easier if you went and sent me the pictures. 2,000 mile round trip for me.

Tuesday, April 07, 2009

never been there but it sounds like my kind of place

Monday, April 06, 2009

My grandmother was born in Freeland in 1880 her name was Millicent Tenby Roberts, her Mother was Emily Louisa Roberts (nee cocks) and her father Samuel Joseph Roberts, Is there any way I can get a copy of her birth certificate are there any records available. Any help appreciated Thank You!

Thursday, April 02, 2009

I own 25% of a gold mine in Nevadaville called the sullivan load 88 that I would like to sell. My phone number is 814-274-7343

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Hey i've been here for just 5 minutes and I like it already..... I'll say more after some more exploring - Robin in Loveland

Monday, March 30, 2009

Rocky, you may contact me at regarding my message of January 31, 2009.

Friday, March 27, 2009

Great coverage of a remote and interesting RR and town, thanks for sharing.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

My grandfather, Jay Church, operated freight wagons and stagecoaches through Eldora, Nederland, Boulder, Central City and all places in between. His wife, Minnie (Hiatt) worked at the Black Hawk Hotel in the late 1800's where they met. They set up housekeeping in Apex, a short distance from Central City and then owned and operated a livery stable/dance hall in Eldora until the mines played out. The livestock was kept in the bottom and the dancing was in the loft which actually was accessible from main street. The foundation is still there at least as of 2002. Ed Hutchinson

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

My father Frank Payne worked in a mine in Alma in 1934-1936. My mother joined him up there when I was two years old. We lived in an apartment with a small woodstove for heat and cooking. I wonder if there are any old mine records available. Love the pictures.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

I have visited quite a few sites that deal with ghost towns or early american settlements. This is a pretty cool site. If one accepts this as a walk down memory land it is rather enjoyable. great pics by the way

Monday, February 23, 2009

I visited Keota and its cemetery on Sunday, February 22, 2009. Edith Grace Steiger's tombstone caught my eye so I searched her name this morning and found your site. Do you have information about the Sligo Cemetery and the town of Sligo? My email is Thanks, L. Henk

Rocky response - Sligo is all but gone. It was established in 1887 along the C&W RR along the route from Cheyenne Wyoming to Sterling Colorado. It was platted by the Lincoln Land company in 1908. The PO closed in 1951. Not sure what you are looking for but I usually start with internet searches when researching Colorado Cemeteries. Photos and some brief history. When I get real desperate I go to the Colorado Historical society and use their facilities to look up cemeteries. They have burial records from across the state.

Monday, February 23, 2009

Hi, My name is Cynthia I am a 34 year old Swiss girl that lived in Jamestown for 2 years and a half between 1980 and 1982 I went to the Elementary School and lived in a house that was befor owned by a woman named Sue that had horses. I would love to get in touche with people that lived in Jamestown at that time and maybe even went to school with me. The main teacher was Jenny McCanne (I am not sure of the spelling) Those years in Jamestown were for me the best years of my childhood. I remember Tony the postman and Bianca (who is still in contact with my mom Josiane) that worked at the counter of the Merc. I just loved living in that town and would love to go back. Please if you remember me or were living there at that time send me an e-mail at : I still have the class picture taken at that time if it intersts you Rocky please let me know. Hope to here form you soon. Cynthia

Sunday, February 01, 2009

Ken Great Grandmother was Elizabeth Jane Keast(dau of James). She is buried in Fairmount Cemetery, Denver, CO.  I would be interested in getting in contact with you. GREAT site Rocky! Thanks! I have pic of the IOOF Cemetery, Russell Gulch, present and about 50 or more years ago. Note to Rocky: This may be a duplicate...for some reason this popped back up and I can't verify if the first one was sent. I would rather have this one posted as it has the correct information on burial of Elizabeth Keast.

Saturday, January 31, 2009

Saturday, January 31, 2009 Add me to your list of fans. Great website! According to 1900 and 1910 censuses, my ancestor William Hertha (1844-1917) was a gold and silver miner in Sunshine. It's great to see other names mentioned on your website who had relatives living there at the same time (example James Afflack). My family has old photos of Hertha men at one of their mines. I found your website while trying to verify areas around Sunshine, Gold Hill, and Left Hand Canyon where the Hertha men mined and where William had a combination shed/old cabin, which he called home. It would be fun to have a reunion of descendants of that area, where we can trade stories and share photos. In the meantime, thanks for allowing us to share on your website!

Rocky writes - If you happen to come back to see this note please send me your email so I can contact you.  THANKS

Saturday, January 24, 2009

My Dad and two other men spent several summers in the late 1940's and early 1950's around Carson trying to rework some of the old mines. They abandoned a WW-II era bulldozer there that they actually drove there from Slumgullon Pass. If you happen to have pictures of the dozer please email to Chuck in Hurst, Texas at

Friday, January 23, 2009

Great site - I will use this to plan my summer vacation. Nice photos - good stories and nice contributions from past residents and relatives.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

i need help on a report on teller city how can you help me

Rocky reports - I can give you some books that reference teller city so you can do some research. Also a couple other resources. Just need to know how to reach you.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Sunday 1-11-09 Hi Mike. I talk to (email) Wayne every so often. It has been a long time since I saw you, and Wayne told me about your web site. Really enjoy it. We are back in AZ and live in Goodyear. Phil Overson

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Brings back a lot of memories. My dad was the preacher at the church several years ago and we lived in the parsonage next door. Sundays was an all day thing at the church. We would have a pot-luck and the ladies would quilt all day until evening service. Jeff Brown was our neighbor and I used to play with Madeline Blondoe that lived down the street. I have been trying to find for years now, and cant find her. If anyone knows anything about her, let me know. Kandis L. Huff (

Thursday, January 08, 2009

Turret was purchased in about 2001 and has been re-subdivided. Modern mountain homes are being built on the site, and the land for these homes has been cleared of old ghost town structures. The people that have purchased these lots seemed to have little sense of the history of Turret. It is too bad to lose another Colorado shot town.

Thursday, January 08, 2009

Buckingham was destroyed by a prairie fire a number of years ago. Only a few structures remain including the schoolhouse that sits up on a rise.

Sunday, January 04, 2009

You have an interesting website. I learned a lot. Joseph Normand Grinnell. Publisher/Editor of "Le Journal du Maudit Gratteux." Village of Lille in the town of Grand Isle, Maine, United States.

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

I traveled the pass with my family the summer of 75 in an International Scott and an old Dodge Power Wagon truck. The trussels and tunnels were all passable at the time. What a great trip. I was living in Estes Park Co at the time. I currently reside in Florida.

Rocky says - I suspect this viewer is referring to Rollins (Corona) pass

Monday, December 29, 2008

Former Russell Gulcher checking in. To: The Mayor of Russell Gulch Colorado John K. I have moved from Miami Beach Florida to Las Vegas (lost wages) Nevada and live in a high rise condo on the world famous Vegas Strip. If you can't beat em join em I guess. It is very nice here but it is not home, Yep, from outhouse to penthouse I guess, but when I think of home, I think of Russell Gulch Colorado. Yes the Winters were tough, the Summers very short @ 9000+ feet, but for fifteen great years it was my home. The only thing I don't miss is the snow. Would I trade this condo unit for my little white house with the blue trim? Don't tempt me I just might. I was thinking the other day about one night in Russell Gulch during the Winter of 1978, I was watching the Tonight show on TV and about 11 PM, someone knocked on my back door. Well nobody ever came to the back door before, so when I opened it, there was a young woman standing there with no jacket, frozen solid as it was about -10 deg. She was really in trouble. I let her in to warm up and she said that her boyfriend (from Denver) dumped her out of his car in the snow some where on the high road. John, her hands and feet were frozen solid as a rock, black and swollen up something awful. Who knows how far she walked in the snow @-10. I had to cut her shoes off with a knife. Really freaked me out and I had no phone at the time to call anyone and always had to go to Central or BH just to use a phone. She was realIy out of of whack and in shock. There was no way I was going to leave her alone in the house while I went for help. So I finally talked her in to my car as she refused to go unless I took her to Denver. So I told her I would in order to try to calm her down and keep her from jumping out of the car as she attemped to do several times while going to CC. It was a wild ride down the hill for sure. But I took her to the police station in Central City ASAP instead to get her some medical attention. If anyone ever needed medical attention, it was her for a fact. Never found out what happened to her. Guess I will always wonder. Remember when Denny Mike came back from a party one moonless night up on Pewabic mountain and fell in to a prospect hole? He said he thought he was going down a mine shaft on a one way trip!! He said his whole life flashed before him. But it was only about five feet deep. Well that is a story for another time. Take care, please say hello from me to the Gulchers that are still around. NB

Monday, December 29, 2008

Wanted to say , GREAT PICS!!!!! Really brings back great memories for me. Been going to Colorado every year for the last 49 years. We used to live in Collinsville, Ok, by Tulsa, and go out too the Lake City area. Dad always had 3 -4 weeks vacation and we would go all over the place. Best trip was Lake City over Engineer Pass and back to Lake City. Lake City to Silverton is also a great ride. Going back in 2009. Jerry W

Friday, December 26, 2008

Great pics. I am very familiar with most of these places. My Dad and Mom started taking me to Colorado since I was 6, 1959. We always hung out in the Lake City area and then traveled out of there to all over. One of my favorite rides is from Lake City over Engineer Pass. Once again great pics can't wait to go again in 2009.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Hi, you have a nice site. Really good job! Respect :)

Thursday, December 18, 2008

To Penny Greenhill The lady running the gift shop needs to learn her Jamestown history. Our cousins ran the general store/lunch counter and post office for years. Dianne

Thursday, December 18, 2008

I was curious as to where Cameron, Colorado is, I can' only find Cameron Pass? I'm marking these ghost towns on goggle Earth so my RVing buddies can try to catch these place's before they are destroyed by nature or other things. I'm a Colorado Springs resident, thank you for this site. My email is

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

I was just browsing around on this thing and ran across your web site. I live in the town of Wild Horse and i really do appricate your putting it on your site. Out town burnt down in 1917 and was rebuilt. there was only one house left standing on the east side of main street. the others on main were moved in by hrses after the fire from other parts of the town. jim lafferty

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Just discovered your site. THANKS for all the good work and the great photos. Bob Forest - Wisconsin

Tuesday December 02. 2008

I lived in Denver for too short of time. But between that period and many vacations to Colorado, I've experienced some of the towns on your site. Been to Animas forks several times. Stood in the "Bay Window" and envisioned what life must have been like there. One of the impressive things I found there was a built onto the house 3 holer. Easier than a tunnel to the outhouse with 25' of snow. About RedMen Hall in Empire, there used to be a benevolent society called "The Improved Order of Red Men". Could be that could have been their lodge in Empire. Love your site

Monday, December 01, 2008

Is the Alma Hotel still there? I didn't recognize it from the pictures, but I knew the guy that ran it in the early 70's, Manger was his name. I used to stay there when I would ski at Breckenridge. Been a long time, but I will get back one day. David Linton, Friendswood, Texas

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

I like your site. I grew up in the Rockies and love seeing these sites. I did want to tell you about two you might want to add. They are more ghost towns than Ourway anyway, but still have people living there. One is called Boyero, CO. It is just southeast of Hugo, CO. You can find it on any map. We use to laugh that if you sneezed on your way by you would miss it. Another one, I think is called Wild Horse. It is within the same area. Angela--Mpls, MN

Monday, November 24, 2008

actually went to turret as a kid my grand father knew the previous owners. very cool to seee whats going on there.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

On my back down from Crown King I stopped by the Cleater Bar to see what all the fuss was about. I saw in your site that this place was a ghost town. So I really had to stop by. There was no room to park in front of the Bar. I had to Park about a quarter mile away from the bar. As I walked up to the Bar I could hear music Playing and People hootin Hollaring. I saw Smoke rising in front and as I got closer I could smell the fine odor of meat being cooked over a wood fire. Out front was a band playing and People dancing in the dirt. What a site to be seen. I navagated my way into the bar and was met by the Owner Dave and His Wife Darlene. As I looked around I thought to myself sure is a lot of activity going on around here for a Ghost town. So I asked is this the way it is around here all the time. They smiled and I was filled in that this was a fund raiser for the Cleater water pipe line. They told me that the old pipe line that is used to carry water to the town is on its last leggs and the town did not have the money to get a new one put in so they decided to through one heck of a party and the proceeds would go to the Cleater water line Fund. It was a great time had by all. I took lots of photo's because if I tried to tell someone what I saw there I am sure that they would not beleive me. If I knew how to insert the photo's I would do that for your view pleasure. If you are ever going to Crown King make sure you stop by and say hello to Dave and Darlene. My Name is Lyle and I live in Peoria Arizona. E-mail(

Thursday, November 20, 2008

I just came across your site, and saw your pictures of Keota...I was there a few years ago, and it was fun looking at your pictures -- I took many of the same ones you did! Some were even from the same angle! I love visiting ghost towns myself! Anyway, I just wanted to let you know that I love your site and all your photos! Sandy -- Johnstown, CO (email:

Monday, November 17, 2008

I just took a trip in October 2008 up Rollins Pass from the west side with my boyfriend and his family. We drove up to the sign that tells about Rollins Pass. We could've driven all the way to the Needle's Eye tunnel but it was getting late and we wanted to head back down. Oh yeah, it was in a Dodge Caravan! :-P It was a rental and we had a family friend from the area who is an experienced off-roader drive it. We got to the top and saw someone in an old pickup truck with a camper shell camping out up there. Brr! It is really beautiful up there at the top of the world. Its exactly like it was describe so long ago! As you're driving along you can see parts of the old snow sheds and buildings that were at the top of the pass. The conditions were great! The ride was a bit bumpy from time to time. Definitely would recommend using a 4 wheel drive vehicle unless the conditions are absolutely perfect.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

I really enjoy reading through your descriptions. what a nice thing you have done to collect all your experiences into writing. Preethi website:

Monday, November 10, 2008

You should go to Creede,colorado and follow the road out through the cliffs because it is really preety back there.And there is a lake called Browns lake about 45 miles out from Creede in the lake city direction.There is a secrect waterfall but not really secrect on the right of it and it is a dirt road but it is kinda hard to get to it but it is worth it you can get some great picture.

Sunday, November 02, 2008

This website is great! Thanks for putting up all these photos! Have you considered adding photos of Waldorf, CO?

Rocky writes Good suggestion - Next update. If you have some send them.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Rocky- Great site, just my kind of exploring, thanks an keep up the great web. Daryl aka rv`ing prospector

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Hi, after living and growing up in the area (Greeley & Ft Morgan), I finallay took a late sunday afetrnoon trip out there. Pretty neat place. I love poking around old ruins, ghost towns, cemetaries, etc., to discover a sense of life a century or more ago. I've been all over the mountains in Wyoming and Colorado, as well as out on the eastern plains, and, I wasn't dissapointed at Keota. Came yahoo'd it, found this site. CoooooooL! Dan, ac0bl, Gilcrest

Monday, October 13, 2008

Rocky - What a great trip you must have had to Alaska. I envy you and your wife. Sounds like a trip of a life time. Kennecott Ghost Town Alaska sounds like a wonderful place. I also enjoyed the humor in your "Minor Bear Encounter" story.

Rocky writes - So did my wife, of course my insurance policies are all up to date......

Sunday, October 05, 2008

Russell Gulchers past & present contact Jerry C.

Sunday, October 05, 2008

Hi John K. I lived in the yellow house on the Pewabic (which I painted dark brown) from 1980-about '84. I was cruising google earth to see how the gulch is holding up and remembering when. I googled russell gulch & came up with this site & there you were. There can hardly be another John K. in the gulch. I'm retired & living in n. fl. I checked out the weather you've got coming your way & I'm glad I'm here. But I do miss the mountains. When I lived on the pewabic Bill Griffith owned it but he passed away around '95. Bill was married to my sister. I don't know who owns that property now. Doc was murdered back then & Luke Clyburn disappeared. I hope you'll contact me, John K. Are you still the mayor & fire chief? Jerry C.

Thursday, October 02, 2008 Did you know the song written by Tennessee Ernie Ford, "Sixteen Ton" was written about Morley, Colorado? The Rockerfeller family owned the mine & the town. They bulldozed the town down out of embarrassment...& hence the song "I owe my soul to the company store. The front face of the Catholic church is still standing because of fear if they took it down.

Great story but not the way I heard it.  

This quote is from the Tennessee Ernie Ford site - " In August, 1946, Cliffie Stone, then an assistant producer and talent scout for Capitol Records, called Merle Travis (a Capitol hitmaker at that time) about recording a 78 rpm album (four discs in a binder) of folk songs. Capitol, seeing the success of a Burl Ives album,  wanted their own folk music album. Merle told Cliffie he figured, "Ives has sung every folk song." Stone suggested Travis write some new songs that sounded folky, and to do so quickly; the first four-song session was scheduled for the next day. Travis recalled the traditional Nine Pound Hammer and wrote three songs that night about life in Muhlenberg County, Kentucky's coal mines, where his father worked. One was Dark As A Dungeon, the other, Sixteen Tons."  

So the connection to Morley is slim at best. It is true the Rockefeller family did own the mine. It was actually the operated by the Colorado Fuel and Iron Company that was owned by John D. Rockefeller. - Rocky


Thursday, October 02, 2008

Just wanted to let you know that even though Roggen, on your list as a 'ghost town' those of us who reside here are still alive. We have new families moving in and a few businesses still open, not quite dead yet. Roggen, Co.

Read my definition of a "Ghost Town" on my home page. I realize you are alive and well. - Rocky

Monday, September 29, 2008

I found your website by accident and have had a wonderful time with it. For years my husband, daughter and I explored all the old places of Colorado and the photos brought back some amazing memories. Of course we started going out there in 1981 and so much has changed since then - but a lot has stayed the same too. Thank you for bringing it all back to me. I'd give anything to go back again. Do all the exploring you can now - life is so much shorter than you realize and things happen that you never expect. Have fun and keep the photos coming!

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Rocky, I really enjoy your Ghost Towns site. I am a photographer who visits Colorado frequently..always looking for new interesting mountain places to photograph. My travel photo site is  Dave - E-mail:

Friday, September 26, 2008

We have driven past the sign that points west to Bonanza many times but will soon make the trip to see the town. We go to Buena Vista to camp and live in the Sangres east of Ft. Garland in the southern part of CO. This is indeed a beautiful area and the pictures that show the aspen are accurate. Absolutely beautiful! Bruce and Carol :)+

Thursday, September 25, 2008

I've had the beer in Cleator and it gave me serious case of bubble guts. If you're traveling with a partner back to civilization leave the windows open.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

my great grandfather joe york lived in dearfield during this time, so it is very important to our family ,i will always this and will respect the hard time these people went through, may they rest in peace i will do what i can to help. thank you all for your effort in all you do, to keep this alive, we must never forget. god bless you all charles n. york sr.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

For years I brought a group of customers to bird hunt over at the Masters Camp and we always stopped in Roggen to have lunch at the Texaco station. Great burgers and fries. I have retired now-I live in Georgia- and haven't been back, but I still have good memories of our trips and the stop we always made at the Texaco. A neat little town and a special place for those of us who visited. Best regards, Bill Anderson

Monday, September 15, 2008

I visit this site often as it provides historical information about a site. Keep up the good work - Eric NM

Sunday, September 07, 2008

This is a great site that I was introduced to this week by my son, Kyle, from Ft. Collins, CO who was running in the Imogene Pass Run and, after staying in Telluride, they visited Alta Mine Ghost Town. His five-year-old daughter, Sarah, was assigned to investigate her grandparent's school history by her kindergarten teacher. Thus they visited and explored around Alta. My father, Bill Mertz, was Supt. of Alta Mine in 1946-47, my mother was the secretary in the office located over the general store, and our family lived there during that school year. My brother, Ronnie (13 then) and I (11) attended the one room schoolhouse in the mining camp. I was the only girl of school age, but, being a tomboy, fit right in. It truly was a trip down memory lane to see the pictures of the remains of the buildings and the absolutely spectacular scenery. I finished my schooling in Silverton, CO graduating from there in 1953. Lynda Fanning

Saturday, August 30, 2008

Thanks for the Russell Gulch information - very interesting. I may be able to add a little to the story of Russell Gulch. In 1833 in Padstow, Cornwall, England a John Gregor (not Gregory!) married Mary Ann Tippett. They had 13 children in and around Padstow. Their eleventh child was named Richard and he was born in 1852. Richard Gregor died in Russell Gulch in 1888. Whilst there, he and his wife had four children - Sybil Alberta Gregor (1883-1890), Richard Jesse Gregor (1884-1890), Earle John Gregor (1887-1888) and Earle Chester Gregor (1888-1889). All four children, like their father were buried in Russell Gulch. Richard Gregor had an elder brother, John Gregor, whose daughter was Mary Ann Gregor born about 1865 in Stafford, England. She married Henry Keast (also a Cornishman born 1863 from St Erme in central Cornwall) in Russell in 1889. Henry and Mary Ann's only child was a Johnnie Gregor Keast who was born and died in 1891 in Russell Gulch. Mary Ann died in 1891 and like almost everybody else in this sad tale was buried in Russell Gulch. Life was certainly tough in those pioneering days. An aside ... I am related to Henry Keast. My wife is related to his wife Mary Ann. They met in Russell Gulch, Colorado in the late 1880s. My wife and I met in Bristol, England in 1968 and had no prior knowledge of our families before that. How strange is that! Ken Ripper -

Friday, August 29, 2008

Things I never dreamed of was finding a site about Jimtown. I grew up there as a young boy 1952 to 1959. We lived in a two story house on Main st. The Woods House. I read the guest book and it brings back many memories. The Goodard House I was in most because Roxan and I were playmates. I am the youngest of four in my family. My father died in the mine there in Sept of 1959. I have many old photos of Jamestown, B/W post cards,a 1957 school class photo, photos of the 1969 flash flood, even a News Paper from 1958. I would very much like to here from old childhood friends. Jerry Woods e-mail

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Great Colorado site! Its too bad most of you out there haven't seen the ghost town of Gilman. It is now patrolled by security dudes for the proposed ski area considering being built there by Ginn Corporation out of Florida. There are buildings and ruins dating back to the 1870s. With some more modern homes and building that were abandoned about 1983 due to hazardous materials in ground water. We'll see if this coporation really spends the millions of dollars it will take to clean up the entire area before devolpement takes place. The best ghost town for me EVER! Contact me at for more info! Thanks!

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Very nice site. As an avid photographer, I like to chronicle ghost towns and old mines sites as well. Your site has become very informative an a source of information for me in finding new towns and sites to visit. You can see some of my photos of ghost towns and mines at email me at :

Monday, August 18, 2008

What a great site, I have been to a couple of these ghost towns. We have been to Co four(4)different times, each is a special memory to us. Your site is the tops, I revisit often

Thursday, August 14, 2008

The picture of the house with the broken windows in Jamestown was the Goodard house. Frank and I went to Jamestown in May of 2008 and took a picture of the house also. It looks exactly the same as the picture here. Barbara Goodard, boulder, Colorado

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Great site. Loved the pics. of Nevadaville. My great grandparents [Grenfell/Richards] lived there in the late 1870s/early 1880s before coming to the goldfields in Victoria, Australia. Roz

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

I lived in Alta during WWII I was four or five years old at the time. THe snow fall was unbelievable. We(my stepdad, mother, uncle Eppie and my uncle Orly, his wife son, and daughter lived in a small three room cabin. One winter morning I opened the cabin door and the doorway was filled with snow up over the top of the door sill. Cabin heat made the snow wet and packed so it didn't spill into the cabin. I loved the place. But we soon had to move to the "big city"(Ophir).

Saturday, August 02, 2008

Great site - visited several of the locations you have posted. Can't wait for your next Alaskan adventures from 2008. - Bill - OK

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Good stuff. I do have to agree with whoever complained about your definition of a ghost town. I think, inherent in the word "ghost," a ghost town is abandoned. But I understand your definition, and it certainly provides a wider range of places :c) I'm interested in exceedingly small towns. I drove through Lamont, Wyoming once. Completely missed it. I had to pay close attention when driving back through to make sure I didn't miss it again. Population: 3. Absolutely amazes me that there are places that small. Tom

Tuesday, July 08, 2008

My grandmother was raised in Bonanza and was girlhood friends with the author from there - Anne Ellis.

    Wednesday, July 02, 2008

I spent my summers living in the red house on your Russell Gulch page (#89). Thanks for the site. Brought back some great memories. - Alexis

Monday, June 30, 2008

I think your site is great, it was sent to me by a friend in email and i will pass it on to others in turn. Donna

Monday, June 23, 2008

Saw your video this weekend - Impressive

Monday, June 23, 2008

Just checked your web site Mike - THANKS for inviting me to look it over. Great Job, Little Jon and the Green Giant.

Saturday, June 14, 2008

I'm doing genealogy on the John U. Schmidt (perhaps spelled Smith) family. He was an engineer on the railroad running out of Como and died in an accident (implied that it was a train accident) 20 Sept 1898. His body was sent back to his home town (Peoria, IL) for burial, and his wife and children moved back there. They even exhumed twins born to them and buried in the Como Cemetery - reburied in Peoria. ANY INFORMATION on a possible train wreck on or about that date - or further information on the "accident" will be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

What happened? Your site has been down a couple days - Hope it stays up now as I really enjoy the site. -- Pieter NY

Please Accept my apology - the site was down for several days due to some web hosting problems. Apparently they are now fixed. I appreciate everyone's patience.

Saturday, June 07, 2008

Fantastic Website! I just added it to my Western Favorites! Duke Wayne

Friday, May 30, 2008

Great pics! We just returned from a 10 day vacation in Colorado. We did Garden of the Gods, Manitou Springs, Royal Gorge, Mesa Verde, Durango, Ouray, Telluride and Rocky Mountain N.P. Our favorite thing was our trip to Animas Forks. The county had just plowed the road and snow was about 5-10 deep on the side of the road at Animas so we weren't able to walk around all the buildings but got some great pictures especially from the bypass road above of the entire town and all the snow covered mountains. If you're in the area this is a must see. Sikeston, Mo

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

I also lived in Russell Gulch for many years in the schoolhouse from 1973 to 1977. My son was conceived on the backporch. It was a very wild time to live there with a small group of outlaws. No water. No electricity made it very hard to withstand the winter winds at that high elevation.

Sunday, May 18, 2008

hey it's margarita matt here's my email and here's anna's

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Great site - lot of information for planning visits this summer. Keep up the good work we enjoy viewing the site and the update emails you send to us. Spike and Harriet - Tempe AZ

Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Mike ... took a look at the new Nevadaville pictures great!!! don't know if it's still there but when I lived in the area (early 70's) it was common to find natural springs around but very few where the water was drinkable cos of the mines right in the center of town in Nevadaville was one with delicious water there was no such spring in Central City that I ever knew of although there was (and still is oneI trust)at the top of the big meadow on the south side of Russell Gulch above all the mines... even in dead of winter we broke thru the ice and scooped up many a gallon thanks again for your great photos Les Cordoza Stockton Calif

Saturday, April 26, 2008

We saw the picture of Hurricane Pass in the Jeep® Magazine and searched the web for it. We found your site. We've Jeeped the SanJuans fairly extensively but don't remember Hurricane Pass. It's beautiful.

Sunday, April 20, 2008

enjoyed reading this site...! can't wait for the snow to finish melting here in Summit County.. Anyone know good books for the locations and directions to these sites? Mark

Friday, April 18, 2008

I am a direct decendent of John H. Gregory and have seen these buildings a million times. I love the photos and will go and visit the area. Great site and great history.

Rocky says: - You can go here to learn more about John H. Gregory -

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Hey, Rocky-Mike, what a great site. Keep up the good work and please leave some nuggets in Alaska for future generations! Bob and Suzanne Wiederrich, Boulder.

Monday, April 14, 2008

I need more ghost town information

Monday, April 07, 2008

Getting ready for the summer months so I visited your site.. Nice site, lot's of places to visit. Enjoyed my visit. Frank Tempe AZ

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Very cool site Mike. I need to take you fishing with me sometime. I think you would really like some of the areas I visit. Have a great day !! Jason Wells

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

My family took a ride out to nevadaville. The kids enjoyed the history and got a little spooked at the same time. I love Colorado and I am proud to call it my home. I enjoyed the pictures you posted. Being there you can just imagine how life was both the beauty of the mountains and the horrific stories of the mine workers.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Just spent some time visiting your site. You should be proud of what you are doing. To provide everyone with a view into the past and provide photos and stories makes for an interesting site. Keep up the good work - A donation has been mail to your PO box. - Harriet - AZ

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Enjoyed viewing the pictures you have of Gilman. These kind of pictures always bring memories to me. I am sure if I went into the town I could hear the sounds of the town the whistle that blew at noon, so you better high tail it home becauses that was your timer your mom gave you.. "you be home when the whistle blows" Or worse yet something horrible happen in the mine. So you would stand still in your tracks and pray it wasn't your daddy or cry when it was your friends daddy. you said you didn't take any pictures other then what you could take from the road. I plan on trying to go in the town maybe in May, I don't want pictures of the rubble I want pictures of the scenery, I want to go turn my rock over and see if my necklace is still there. :) Thanks for the memories

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

I am planning a return to Colorado this summer and was plotting some high country tours on my GPS when I stumbled upon your website. Just a couple of critiques 1st: You have a great website, 2: I do not see Tin Cup listed? I grew up in Salida which I think at most times qualifies as a ghost town. I used to run tincup and hancock pass in my old willy's on a regular basis, I sure do miss the climb up to Alpine tunnel and camping at mirror lake. I have not had the opportunity to explore your entire website, but do you accept pics from outside sources? If so, I would gladly share any photos I have and will have. (

Saturday, March 08, 2008

This looks like the place where the sheep herders drove them through on the way to Cinnamon Pass. It sure brings back memories. We might make it there again this summer. Great website.... Dave & Pat Collins

Friday, February 29, 2008

Highwayman - Canada. Yes, Rocky, I was one of those fooled by the numerous Independences that there are in Colorado. I was looking for historical information and pictures of the dynamiting of the Independence train station by WFM extremists in 1904, and thought that the Independence on the other side of the pass near Aspen was the one that was mentioned. Looking at an old photo of the station and area did not seem to jive with the geography of Aspen's locale. Altman was supposedly located on a hill near Independence, and within sight of the town, which is ridiculous if you think that Pitkin County is the proper location. It's eighty air-miles away, over a mountain pass! The labor wars of the 1890's - 1904 are a special interest of mine, and were a key point in your country's history. I'm researching one of the lead characters in those wars; the one responsible for the bombing of the Independence station went on to assassinate ex-Governor Frank Steunenberg of Caldwell Idaho, on December 30, 1905, also working for the Western Federation of Miners. The lead prosecutor at his trial was Clarence Darrow, of the 1930's "Monkey Trials" fame. Your site has helped straighten me out on a few matters!

Sunday, February 24, 2008

I lived in Lower Four Mile Cyn. est: 1983-2001. I think we would vote in Salina at an old school house on the right hand side of the road that had a pot belly stove. Charming little place.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Just browsing and looking at site about Doc Holiday etc as going to son`s wedding in Fort Collins in August 2008.This was interesting and we may try and find time to see some of these. It`s a great pity that with such a fantastic resource, these aren`t generally being `lived in` . They bring back the idea of the old west. My grandmother was born in the early 1900`s in Indiana and her birth cert was written by the local sheriff. For a Welsh girl , this site evokes memories of what life must have been like for my early family members. Thanks for bringing an interesting site to the world. Mel

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Nice Photos of Roggen, I grew up there and went to the Christian school by the old church till sixth grade when it was closed due to a lack of funds. I believe that Roggen had the last Stuckeys pecan shop (now Texaco) in Colorado. It also had the famous "Painter Ranch" on it and I think it was Painters who built the old church. Jake

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Mark - I need your email address - Rocky

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Whoops! I didn't want directions to Wild Horse! I would like to go see Wild Irishman. Directions? Thanks again!! Mark McKinsey

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Hi! Mark McKinsey here, fellow explorer. I would like to offer my admiration for your photos. I would like to make a trip out to Wild Horse, it looks great. Can you give some directions? Thanks!

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Thank you for this web site. My mom, Alice Ress, was raised in Russell Gulch. She was the youngest of four. I think her home is pictured on this web site, although I'm not sure. My mom passed away almost 8 years ago. She would have been so tickled to see Russell Gulch make it on the WEB. Anyone who remembers my mom or her family, I would love to hear from you. She was always a Colorado girl at heart.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Thanks for this site, I grew up in Russell Gulch from 1992-1997. I lived in the house next to the top of the red one in one of your pictures. You should go back and take more. Thanks again

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Nicholas Creede (William Harvey) had a sister who lived in Manitou Springs, CO by the name of Clara Harvey Pfifer. You can see her house at 941 Osage. "Uncle Creede" visited there often. Manitou isn't a ghost town, though! The Harvey family wasn't exactly poor -- Clara left a large trust fund to her grandson, and the family owned a lot of property around Monroe, Iowa.

Friday, February 08, 2008

My family has 2 cabins on main street in Bonanza. Can't beleave some of the cabins are still standing and the creek dosen't look orange anymore. My sister and I used to throw rocks and walk around in that creek. I haven't been back to Bonanza in over 7 years. When I was a kid we went to Bonanza every summer. Thanks for sharing your pictures I enjoyed your website. Susan from Broken Arrow, Okla.

Monday, February 04, 2008

I was interested to see photos of Russell Gulch as I had seen the name in the 1880 US Census. My great great Uncle Benjamin had emigrated from England in the 1860's and decided to try his luck at Gold Mining. He was listed at Russell Gulch in the 1880 Census with Chauncey Smith. Anyway the man did well and eventually struck gold, sold out to a mining company and eventually died in Chicago in the late 1890's quite a wealthy man. Rachel

Friday, February 01, 2008

Hey Dave give me a call Paul 602-300-8265

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Very interesting site Rocky!!! Pullin Iron,

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Very interesting information, I'll add this site as a shortcut to my desk top for future ref.

Saturday, January 26, 2008

Thanks for all of your kind words about Gold Hill. We've lived here a long time and enjoy reading the comments from all of your fans. Besides the incredible clean air, the magnificent hiking and the beauty of this place, our community is what keeps us here. We really know each other and we value our relationships with our neighbors. Cocooning in the modern 21st century doesn't exist here. It's party central when the Inn opens in summer, but then again, you already know that. Enjoy your visit!

Saturday, January 12, 2008

January 12,2008 Enjoyed the Pictures of Keota,Colo. I was born and raised at Keota and own the Farmers and Merchants Bldg (red brick bldg)in your pictures. My family homesteaded North East of town in 1910. My uncle Was a US Commissioner there during the homestead days. He processed homestead patents for those who settled in the area. He was also a printer and newspaper man and published the Keota newspapers. James Michner visited my uncle many times while researching for his book "Centennial". In the book, Keota is portrayed as Line Camp 1.

Tuesday, January 01, 2008

I love your website and Nevadaville. I live only a few miles from this great historical town, and come here often. Would love to live here! Great work - keep it up!!

Sunday, December 30, 2007

Hello there, My Great-Grandfather was Ed Hicks (William Edward Hicks) who worked with his brother Monroe S. Hicks at the Lamartine mines. My GGF left CO and moved back to abt 1897 SOMETHING happened in CO. that my G-GF would Not talk abt Said he could Never go back to CO. if he did he would have to tesify and put a man in jail. ???? Do you know what might have happen? Also after the 1910 Cenus Monroe Spruiel Hicks & family I can NOT find It was like the married daughters Teresa Hicks b 1887 Clear Creek m. 1908 Frank O'Connell & Martha Amanda Hicks b. 1891 married James Kastner 1909 Clear Creek. & one son Manden P. Hicks b. 1889 Clear Creek. Disapeared. not in 1920 or 1930 census in US. Does anyone know When the Lamartine Mines closed down Or any info on Monroe S. Hicks family. Thank you Kathy Please write to

Friday, December 28, 2007

We used to visit Harvey Ickes in the late seventys early eighties, we always enjoyed his company. We lived in Glenwood Springs Colo. and visited him in the home he was in in Glenwood just before he passed away, can anyone let me know what happend to his place in fulford?

Saturday, December 22, 2007

Hey Mike, Chris Cooper- (Retired Archaeologist) from K.C., MO or aka Independence, MO - As Always Great job on this Wonderful site. For the tons of Missourians that pour into Colorado thru out the 1800s to Early 1900. I thank You on there behalf, for a wonderful and very interesting Website. These Missourians would be thankful for their Past in all the different Ghost towns of Colorado and surrounding States....Bob Ford,ita nice to him listed on your other pages. Even, we here in Missouri, kinda think that he got what was comeing to him, for shooting Jesse James in the Back! I even have some of my Cooper roots made out there in the late 1800s! Well! Anyway I want to thank you for my e-mails.... Chris Cooper And say Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Site is still as great as the day it was born. Have any info. on Toof Bros. Stage Stop/Bunkhouse?

Sunday, December 02, 2007

So pleased to see something on Russell Gulch! My family settled in Russell Gulch from Valcava, Italy. John and Angela Simoni (Angela's maiden name Zancanella which has a lot of history in Central City as well) came over from the old country mid-1890's to mine (of course) and raised 9 children (7 girls and 2 boys) in Russell Gulch. My great, great uncles owned Simoni's Brothers in Russell Gulch of which I have a photo and would be happy to share. My great grandmother even donated a stile at the graveyard in Central City where many Zancanella's are laid to rest including her sister, Constance, who died as a child. I would love to hear from anyone w/info of friends or relatives of the Simoni's or Zancanella's. - Someday my husband and I plan to buy land in Russell Gulch and build a modest vacation home.

Thursday, November 22, 2007

I want to move to Manhattan NV but is this possible? Glenn

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Wednesday eve. Nov.21,2007 I love visiting the Ghost towns around Colorado and taking pics on any buildings that are left. Sites like this are keeps me informed and keeps me going...cause there are so many to see. Thanks, David (Colorado Springs)

Monday, November 19, 2007

Working on 2008 hiking and camping trip. Found your site. Enjoyed. May have to visit Summitville

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Call me a hopeless romantic if you wish, but I'm a 67 year old from Canada's west coast who has always been fascinated by 19th century American history, particularly where it pertains to the American southwest. When I see a ramshackle old building such as those in your photos I see someone's hopes and dreams of an era long gone. I find myself wondering who lived there, how they lived, their family life and how they died, etc., I thoroughly enjoyed your marvelous site and plan to check in regularly. Well done!

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Good story. Never seen gold that big before. Well done. Almost feel like taking up metal detecting myself LOL. Duane, Queensland, Australia.

Monday, November 05, 2007

I had the pleasure of visiting back in December 05' looking for a tombstone of a relative. My great-grandfather, George Matthews, was a mason who lived up there. I have a picture of my boys standing next to The Bald Mountain Trading Post metal ball to the right of the general store. We never found the tombstone and are curious to know if there are any other final resting spots in the area? We have some other family members who will be visiting this December and would like to do some family history investigating. Great site and wonderful pictures. Hope to come back soon! Johanna in Jax,FL

Sunday, November 04, 2007

Just been browsing your site. Sure do like what I see. Can I come to Colorado and Visit. Maybe stay with you for a couple months and wander the mountainsides looking for Adventure. - Kate in St Louis

Rocky Replies - Send picture - I will check with my wife...

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Your Alma photo gallery is true. I've worked, lived in or owned four of the buildings shown and I'm not a ghost. Thanks for the love. Twenty one years here and I still love it. milboka out

Monday, October 29, 2007


Sunday, October 28, 2007

Mike...........Thanks for your recent update on your RM Profiles website. I always enjoy your photos and stories that go along with them. I really liked the photos of Henson and the facts about life in that town during it's heyday. Your California Pass photos look quite a bit like the Laurel Canyon area of the Eastern Sierras above Mammoth Lakes, California. We have been spending our summers in the Eastern Sierras/Western Nevada for quite a few years and would really like to spend a summer in Co. one of these years. Anyway, thanks again for the work you've done and allowing us all to see such great places. Take care.............Flatiron (aka Pat)

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Mike,you are killing me. I am sitting here in Texas wishing my Jeep was in your pictures. Boss and Janet both have buyers for their businesses, looks promising, maybe next summer. Be there as soon as I can.  --- Roger - Texas

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Thanks for the great views, particularly of the original General Store and Post Office, Fulford. This building has been in ruin now for many years and very little remains recognizable. One of your viewers wrote having been part of the investors whom purchased, plotted and sold property and of seeing the false front newer building on Main Street. It was interesting to note they questioned whom would build such a place. Well the property is owned by one of the group whom were the original purchasers! I am not sure who wrote your comment, it makes no difference. There has been much change in the back country enviornment, in every part of our world. There are people living in the area year round. It is very challenging to live in the area year round. Yes, there are some rather 'nice cabins' in the area now; but also some of the heartiest, hardworking, and sincerely enviornmentally conscience people anywhere. They may have changed the area, but they are in many ways perserving a way of life, in a newer style. Ed, Benton, Arkansas/Fulford, Colorado

Friday, October 19, 2007

Hi Mike, You've got some great photos in your collection. Keep up the excellent work. If you want to go ghosttowning next summer let me know. I've got some great places in mind I can show you I think you'll love. God bless. Will, in Estes Park.

Thursday, October 18, 2007

What a great site. Have relatives in CO and have visited several of these towns. Your brother in Lawn Joe Gave me this website today and it is very interesting. I know many of the Jenniges and Rohliks in southern Mn. Keep up the neat work. Dave---- morgan mn

Thursday, October 18, 2007

My great grandfather Frank Lorenzini and his wife Angelina came to live in Silver Plume in the late 1800s. My Grand Pa John Lorenzini also lived there. My dad Joseph John Lorenzini was born there. I came across your web site searching for more information on my family heritage. I here there is a book called the Italian Society of Silver Plume by Frank Fraucone and Kenny Wennsy. I would appreciate it if anyone knows how I might be able to get hold of a copy. My E-mail is

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Rocky; I'm really impressed with the photos of the old "Ghost Towns" & I agree with you on your interpretation. The fact they are still there after all these years & played such an important role in the development of the western expansion more than qualifies them. I would like to see if there are any real ghosts in these old towns. With all the delving into the supernatural I'll bet it would make for interesting programming. Keep up the good work & keep those photos coming. Cliff F. e-mail add. /

Monday, October 15, 2007

Mike, Received your CD today, the pictures are perfect!!!! Thank you so much. You have been so kind. Thank you for all your time! Shauna

Monday, October 08, 2007

i've never been to a ghost town but i have read many stories and i'm writing a story on them from book info.

Saturday, October 06, 2007

Very nice site, and it only gets better and better. I stopped by to see Russell Gulch information (Russells expedition had my relatives from the Patterson side in it). Roy Earl Patterson was my Grandfather, married to Elizabeth Marie Buku who just recently passed away at 95(?), and his family members where with Russell's expedition. I am another one of those people that love lots of old Colorado and it's history, but you won't find out where it is from me :)

Thursday, October 04, 2007

We were just up at Mont Alto Park, at the same time you were sending your email. Obviously, it has long been used as a party spot, altho, I can't imagine driving the Switzerland road after dark or drunk. All we found was trash. It has a nice view, I had been imagining people from the turn of the century getting out of the train cars, the ladies in their long dresses so finding only tin foil and beer tabs was kinda disappointing. Thank you for the heads up about old coins. The next old site we check out, we will check out the rules first.

Sunday, September 23, 2007

My father, Arlie Beryl Mix, was born in Sunshine Sept. 9, 1893. His father, James Mix was a miner. I visited Sunshine a few years ago and acquired a copy of June Peterson Howard's "Stories of Sunshine". To my amazement, on pp. 61,62 was recorded info about my grandfather and also his obituary. His first wife Alice Mix was the first woman elected to the Sunshine School Board. His second wife, my grandmother, was Emma Mix, but her name was not included in the obituary. Anyway,I just found your website and enjoyed reading what others wrote. My son is the geneologist in our family. Barb Vander Veen.

Sunday, September 23, 2007

I was so surprised to see the "cabin" again! I am the youngest Smith daughter. I was too young to remember much, but by golly I remember those outhouses! I have gone back to some of the pictures we have of Sunset and I found one with the family in front of a Train Car with SUNSET on the side of it, I wonder if it's still there? I wish we could have kept the Sunset history in the family, but mom and dad sold it in the mid 70s, to a guy who made Dulcimers. Anyway, I am glad to have found this website.

Saturday, September 22, 2007

Keep up the wonderful work, we need more interest in our old ghosts before they decay into nothing. At least pictures can preserve the memories some what.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

I visited the West Museum this week-end in Denver. I was so astonished to learn that Dearfield, Colorado exisited as well as so little information is public ally advertised about this ghosttown.I would highly recommend to all to visit this museum as well as to support the preservation of this historical part of our heritage. Lawon, Fountain,Co.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

You've got a very special website here! Just wanted to mention the the town of Orchard, CO was used as the setting of the town "Centennial" in the television series of James Michner's book. Up until just a few years ago, the foam rubber bricks and stones could be seen still covering some of the buildings. Dan, Frederick, CO

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Last time I was there WAS the 60's: 1966-1970.

Monday, September 10, 2007

Many thanks for your response and Bonanza is indeed a little bit of heaven for me. Appreciate the response. Fabian M. T. Gagnon

Saturday, September 08, 2007

just found this site. we, the smiths, of denver, used to own the little school house in sunset. i spent most summers up there and lots of time in the winters. it was a great spot to spend time. i have so many wonderful memories of being with my parents, grandparents, and my brothers and sister. my grandparents, parents and one brother are gone now, so i hold on to the memories. we made a small pond down at the creek. made snow graves in the snow when it was 4 feet deep. sled on the old mine hills. once we climbed up the mountain in front of the cabin and found a den o 3 mountain lion babies. of course i wanted to take all of them home, but my dad said that wasn't a good idea duh!! we had 2 outhouses, one for the guys and one for the girls, which are still there, and i just knew one night when we went out there, a mountain lion was going to get us. i really wish we would have held on to the place, i really miss it. i go up sometimes just to look at the place and remember great times. thanks for listening!

Thursday, September 06, 2007

I live in Jamestown, Colorado and have my whole life, and it is not a combination "ghost town, summer homes and a tourist stop" It is home to 275 people year round and the most important thing to me in the whole world. I grew up there and the people are some of the most honest, loving and amazing people you will ever meet. Please change your description.

Mike Says - check the Jamestown page as it has been changed... THANKS

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

I am looking forward to my trip to Bonanza . . . my fiancée and I will be married there on the 7th of September (Friday!) - James, Ponca City, Okla.

Monday, September 03, 2007

Beautiful pictures. I am formerly of Denver and it makes me homesick. I live in northern MN. Now there are too many trees blocking the scenery. Mike M. Hibbing, MN

Monday, September 03, 2007

Nice site - We enjoy the stories and the persoanl notes from people that lived in these old towns. - Vigil - Iowa

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Great website, really enjoyed. Great pics too. only wish you could of maped out a few of these for me to find. I recently visited a website for wyoming that was great. Ill share it with you to get ideas on how they list stuff. it is but your site is geat so dont think otherwise. Thanks for letting me visit

Sunday, August 26, 2007

Does any one have any info on Atchee Colorado? Or is there any folks that still remember living there? Maybe some pictures, etc? My grandma ran a boarding house there and I can't find any info on her or Atchee except for the Uintah Railway train that went there. and of course up Baxter pass and to Dragon. About Atchee Colorado send info to

Monday, August 20, 2007

Just discovered this excellent site. I have enjoyed looking at listings and superb photos of all towns listed. As a collector of discontinued post offices (D P O)nice to put these postmarks with photos of sites.I notice Arrow , Colorado is not included in listing. The town flourished in early 1900 s to 1915. I would provide postcards for site with postmarks if interested.Dean Thanks again.

Sunday, August 19, 2007

My Mama lived her childhooh in Russell Gulch. We visited about 30yrs ago making Mom at 50 yrs old. We saw her old house & then went to another to find the school teacher she had favored, that teacher came to the door aprox 80 yrs old & remembered her & her first name "Zota Jane" she said how could I forget you- that lead to a sweet story of Mama hanging from a barbed wire fence with a pretty red dress & white laced underpants- Mama is 80 now herself, having Ahleshimers shes has forgooten alot- But not Russell Gulch-She told me yesterday she wants to make a last trip to her home town, but I think that trip will just be from memories. Does anyone remember Zota, Thomas or Mary Ann Loper maybe Israel. We would love to hear fom you! ask your Parents & Grandparents! Thanks so much. Jeri

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Great sight that has provided lots of hours of enjoyment. I specially enjoy the stories you have been adding to the site. - Roger - IA

Monday, August 06, 2007

Amazed to find Sego pics. We, the Bannai family were living there 1928 through1931 or early 1932. Remember Ascani, Stortini families, Happy and Serena. Got in touch with Rena Sategna(daughter of Pete) in San Franciso. Still in touch with Smith family-Stan and David (parents were John and Margaret} Would love to get in touch with any who remember us or were there at that period. Our Dad was in a coal mine cave-in,and later ran the pool hall.My brother Paul and sister Lilian visited Sego Site; found nothing there but sagebrush, It was a place of such happy memories for us. Rose Bannai at ""

Saturday, August 04, 2007

I'm from Belgium and I have friends up in Ward. It's so nice to see a site that mention something about that little place in the mountains. I lost my hart there! If you go and visit, don't forget to say hi in the Mill Site Inn, a native bar where I had a great time with my best friends. To bad that a plane ticket is so expensive but whenever I can I go back there! Soraya,

Thursday, August 02, 2007

My great-grandfather and grandfather were silver prospectors in Winfield. They had a mine called the Meta which gave them and ten children income for years. My father is buried in the cemetary there. Myself, my daughters, my grandsons and grandaughters have all knelt and drank from the two streams that meet there. (North and south forks) That means that 6 generations have drank from that stream. I hope to have my great-grandchildren there in the next few years. My Aunt stays in her cabin much of the time there every summer. (Cabin is the first one on the left of the second row from the top and is called "Seldon Inn) There was a family reunion there last week with around 70 people in the camp across the river. My name is Carl Rohkar, I live in Nashville Tennesee, my email address is:

Wednesday, August 01, 2007

It is really unfortunate that the town of Dearfield has been abandoned and fallen into such disrepair. The lives of the men and women that lived, worked, possibly died there and their heritage is lost forever! K. Cook

Monday, July 30, 2007

hi mike my father in law and i went to crystal recently and let me tell you it was the most beautiful drive up to it ! The road is definatly 4x4and you get bumped around quite a bit bey by all means well worth the drive.

Friday, July 27, 2007

Les Cordoza here more comments LOVE this site brings back SO many memories...dying to know if my old house is still there ...the interior walls were panneled with toungue m groove panaling throughout including ceilings with our landlords permission we scavenged georgous weather worn siding from one of the mine-shaft bldgs. and used that wood to pannel rafters in attic whic we used as sleeping lofts for guests...the winters at 9000 feet were wayyy cold for us Calif. transplants when we could afford coal we were fine without it I can remember waking up to 20 below temps INSIDE the house..our first year there woke up to 30 inches of snow on Oct.3rd (1969)...our place consisted of five gold mines on 70 acres..we hauled spring water from the big meadow on Pewabic Nountain even in winter the graveyard is especially interesting with dates that reflect the fact that whole familys died within days of each other during the flu epidemic of 1918..lots of musicians lived in this area at that time ..The babd Buffalo Springfeild had a house in Central for a while just prior to our arrival Steven Stills had a house in Ward.. Judy Collins grew up in Denver the photo on the cover of her first album was shot in the back yard of ''The Glory Hole Bar ''in Central CityI played in several of those bars in Central...probably all gone now unique feature of our house in Russell was a 12'' square hole cot in the floor of our kitchen back when it was still the assay office the scale for weighing the gold went down thru the hole so that people walking on the floor would not affect the scale with the vibrations..I have been working on a novel that loosly mirrors my life story several chapters revolve around Russell Gulch would love to connect with other current/former residents of the area for more background We were still ther at the time the most beautiful house in Russell Gulch burned down the big green 2 story house owned by Martha Kinnish middle of winter by the time the firetruck from Central made it up the hill ther was nothing left I dug out a tiny china vase from the rubble still have it we lived ther from july'69 to thru March of '72 at that time the total yearound population of Russell was apx,25-30 folks Boy do I have stories for the many jeep enthusiasts that seem to write this site I recomend a drive to a place called Queen's Ranch way off the beaten path was deserted during my time beautiful old huge house like something out of a great western movie ...speaking of movies o0f course oldtimers (ha-ha) remember that the Goldie Hawn movie ''Dutchess and the Dirtwater Fox '' was shot in Central and a couple of scenes in Lake gulcc including one with Pewabic Mountain in background I hope I get the chabce to take my 35 yr old son back to Russell Gulch someday and show him the room wher he was born by kerosene lamp light there were some wicked characters in Central in those days , rumors of missing persons at the bottom of mine-shafts did not take a lot of imagination to believe..Nevadaville still looks great used to be a freshwater spring in the middle of town with fantastic water ..please e mail me if you want to talk about Russell Gulch/Central etc.Les Cordoza..ljc31249 @

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Hi Mike. Words are not enough - this is a fantastic site, an obvious labour of love. I can't praise it, or thank you, enough. I am presently planning my much anticipated(40 years!) American trip in Summer/Fall of '08, with ghost towns and "off the beaten track" my priority. I have a mate in Arizona who also shares the Ghost Town itch, and we plan to spend a month in Colorado, and it looks like we will be following your footsteps! You have fired my imagination and filled my list of "must see" places. I hope all Americans appreciate what a God-blessed nation you have. No other nation has been so richly endowed with such scenic wonders. It is, simply, awesome and achingly beautiful. God bless America. I had to laugh at this comment, "I sometimes forget the beauty of Colorado. Your site is a good reminder.-------- Mary in Montana" Wow, she comes from God's Own State! If she says this, Colorado must be out of this world! Can't wait. Pegleg Pete, Australia

Tuesday, July 24, 2007


Sunday, July 22, 2007

My Great Grandfather was Calvin Ingrum of Silver Plume Co. It was rumored that He was once the sherrif. Does anyone have any info on Calvin Ingrum? When I was a little girl there was a soft copy book of Silver Plume, He was in the book,I can't find any info on this book or of him. Thanks in advance for any helpful info.

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Awesome.  Thank you for putting all that stuff up on the web for us all to see.  I’m from California (but please don’t hold it against me) and my fiancé and I are planning a road trip to Avon in late August/early September for the whole honeymoon thing.  Are there a few ghost towns in that general area that you would recommend?  We’ve got a jeep that’s itchin’ for some dirt roads that lead to neat old stuff.  We’re getting married in Bodie, CA if that’s any indication of the nut job that has emailed you… Thanks Mindi

Thursday, July 12, 2007

just getting started on a book of our own with my wife and son in law it will have a different format and different pictures however i would like to stay in touch and possibly share. if you are interested my email is clflyer52@comcast,net

Friday, July 06, 2007

I have so much to say about Salina. I have 4 great pictures of students at the school, the mine, my mother, sister, brother in front of the mine shaft. I wrote a lot but it didn't come through because it needs 275 words!!! My email address is

Friday, July 06, 2007

I have a lot to say about Salina, Colorado. I have 4 very good pictures, includ including students of which my family is picture. I can't get through to write it all.

Sunday, July 01, 2007

Just back from visiting the "Colorful Colordao". What a colorful state. Wild flowers all over the place, great ghost towns and friendly people. Think I will move there. Jon - New York

Monday, June 25, 2007

Besten Dank für die interessante Webseite. Ein Moffat-Tunnel-Fan. Paul Müller Hausmattrain 42 CH-4600 Olten Swizzerland

Sunday, June 17, 2007

What a wonderful site.. It helped us plan our trip to Colorado. Great information. Wanda - MN

Sunday, June 10, 2007

I tried but this won't let me write anything.

Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Just visited the Black American West Museum in Denver and was enlightened about the town of Dearfield. Wish we could have gone to see the remnants. Maybe next visit. Vaughn and Pat Spence, MI

Saturday, May 26, 2007

hi can u tell me of place to see in co. i live in auroa co. been to georgetown but like to check other town's like that out. email me at thank u very much

Saturday, May 19, 2007

Hi Mike, My family just moved to Erie, CO. Just last weekend, we piled into the Jeep, and went exploring. Hoping to find some ghost towns,...didn't happen. Any suggestions? Thanks, Steve & Mary & kids

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Wednesday, May 16, 2007

I like the webmasters attitude here. "Another ghost town up in smoke," and "Texans that can't drive a giant car on a shelf road." If he/she and I ran Colorado no Ghost Town would be torn down, and no Texans would enter Colorado. Email me at

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

My father was born in Salina in 1903. He attended the school which you have pictured here. He first lived in a house on the right side of the road coming into town. The house burned down. The family then moved house at the end of the road.

Wednesday, May 09, 2007

I visited Colorado Last summer. Wish I had found your site before I left. Planning a return trip this summer. I will use your site this time. Good information. Nice Site. Keep up the good work.

Wednesday, April 25, 2007


Monday, April 16, 2007

Hi Mike the picture of the Stortini Baby, this is my Mothers baby sister. My mom lived in Thompson Canyon, there is a old rock oven that my Grandfather built in the 20 or 30 not sure. Liz Price Utah

Sunday, April 08, 2007

I enjoy your site. I have visited maybe on third of the sites on your web site. Will work on the rest over the next few years. Plan to catch up to you pretty soon, George in Greeley CO

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Hey Mike - When does the Discovery Channel DVD come out. What is it called. Don in Atlanta

Thursday, March 22, 2007

Stopped by to visit your site. Must say I have a new apprciation for the state of Colorado. Thanks for sharing, The site could only be better if you added more of your stories. Jessica - Gilbert AZ

Monday, March 12, 2007

I believe one of your pictures is of my great grandpas house, the house with the green roof. My great grandpa was David Goodard.Grandpa had six children Frank, Ralph, Star, Abby, Inez, and Al. Penny Greenhill Newport North Carolina

Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Rocky - to bad the idiots think it is funny to put junk comments on such a beautiful site. They should get a life. THANKS for taking the time and cleaning things up. Some of us really do appreciate your efforts.

Saturday, February 24, 2007

Mike, Great Website! We're new to Colorado (To Falcon from Chicago in 2006) and always look for places to travel, ghost towns to see, hidden lakes and great stories. Waiting patiently for the weather to break, so we can head up to Cripple Creek and stop at Altman, Independance and Victor. I also heard that St. Elmo is a must see trip, but I sure would like to find Mike's Gold mine, which looks like a great place to build away from it all. Keep up the great work on this site, we really enjoy it... Bob (

Friday, February 23, 2007

Hello: I was at the Virginia Dale Stage stop yesterday(022207).We obtained permission from the fellow next door to take some photos. That was nice of him and what a beautiful area. We were a little confused about access to the property and the road getting to it(43F?). As I understand as long as you stay on the county dirt road up to the site you are OK, after the cattle guard it is private property. We signed the quest book and appreciated the opportunity to visit such a well preserved place of history. Thanks for your web site, I enjoy it. Steve-Greeley CO

Saturday, February 17, 2007

Hey Mike! Sounds like you may be going Hollywood on us shortly!! Just remember us little people when you hit the big time. I have seen pieces of the Oregon Trail and the Santa Fe Trail, and find it fascinating that they still exist after so many years. When you see historical accounts of what these folks went through it puts in perspective how much easier we have it today in so many ways. Don in Atlanta

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

The sites really growing. Great to see. Take care... -TDB

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Hello from Finland. This site is great. I love history and I am amazed how many ghost towns there are and can be found in this site. Keep up with the good work. ! like the pictures but also miss reading the history of each place.

Sunday, February 11, 2007

I am excited to discover this site, as I am a Colorado native. many sites are not updated with accurate information. I have been doing research to film a documentary about the ghost towns of Colorado. the pictures and stories of ghost towns are fantastic! as I continue my research this site will surely be bookmarked.

ROCKY Writes - Send me your email address and I will help with your project..

Thursday, February 08, 2007

2-8-2007,Great photos. I am trying to identify the building where Carl Petterson and his wife had a bar, dining room, cafe and an apartment upstairs. I was a niece who stayed upstairs in the fall of 1939. I don't suppose you happen to know which brick building that was? Thanks for the photos anyway. R.C Rempe

Thursday, February 08, 2007

Thanks for the great photos. I lived in Park CitY, in 1935, 1936. and 1937,until a mine accident at the London Butte MIne and an uncle John Reynolds died. We lived in a slab house, and later in one of three white white frame houses up the hill. The landlady ANN ? had a two story house that I stayed in when I had the whooping cough. I went to school for the first time in Park City. Someone has been working on these houses. R. C Rempe, Plainville KS,

Thursday, February 08, 2007

WOW - Great photos and stories, I especially like the reader comments like on the Summitville page. Give me more stories... (and Photos) Randy - CA

Thursday, February 08, 2007

great web site will be out in co in april--thanks i will now stop and see leadville edit

Saturday, January 27, 2007

I like Joan's flowers in your featured collage. Rita MN

Monday, January 22, 2007

When I found this site I was looking for "ghost gold" not ghost towns so I found this site by accident and just happened to see a picture of my former home on it. But there is some connection between ghost gold and ghost towns after all. In the last few years it has been found that what the old miners called "Ghost gold" and was thrown out in the tailing dumps of old mines as worthless is to some percent actually Monatomic elements. It is now thought that about 6% of the earths crust contains monatomic elements that are not found on the periodic table of the elements. Mine tailings may contain much higher concentration of this material as Ghost gold. Ghost gold or actually monatomic elements are single atoms of gold and other metals before they become metallic elements. Gold as we know it for example must contain at least two atoms of gold element to be actual gold. As single gold atoms they are just a white powder not "gold". There are claims that this white powder can be turned into real gold, but so far it is a very expensive and complex process. A lot of work is going on in this area to produce real gold from Ghost gold. Of course if an inexpensive way to convert one to the other could be found, many Ghost towns could spring to life again for a while anyway until the market is flooded with cheap gold and other metals. Then a bust again. But it is a interesting idea to think about. For more information do a Google search for David Hudson Monatomic. The streets of Russell Gulch Colorado are paved with old mine tailings, so it is true that the streets are paved with gold after all. NB

Thursday, January 18, 2007

UT oh! I have been caught by a Russell Gulcher. Hi John K. Yep, It is me retired here in Miami Beach. No mountains here and 75 Degrees. How time zooms by. I hear you on the "unliveable palaces". I may come and visit some day but would come up the OMG road as I really don't care to see Central or BH. I like the pictures in my mind better. Also please feel free to correct my posts as I forgot a lot of the details. I really enjoyed living in Russell Gulch. When I think of home I still think of Russell Gulch. NB

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Trey! What are you doing in Florida? I thought you moved to the Phillipines? Russell Gulch, Colorado is still about the same in the old part but rich folks have built their unliveable palaces in the upper gulch. Marion died and we have disc golf now. Come by and visit. John K.

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Grew up in Denver, went to school in Gunnison. Now I'm living back east. It's nice to revist some of the most beautiful country in the world. Thanks for all the pictures Terri

Sunday, January 14, 2007

This is Kaye from Oklahoma again, I have been to Ouray, and you can consider it might have been a ghost town at one time. Then the gold rush came about and it became a bigger town. So if you want to call Ouray a ghost town well thats your business, cause I think it was at one time. If that makes sense. LOL

Sunday, January 14, 2007

I have been to Summitville prob about 20 yrs ago. It was a great ghost town then. You could search thru the old buildings.We always go thru South Fork on our way to Gunnison for vacation. But never have been back to see Summitville. One of these days I will return there.I love old Ghost towns of Colorado. I am from Oklahoma.There is another ghost town thats around Crested Butte, called Gothic. But last time I was there. There were college students there doing research about Colorado environment.That was a couple of years ago. But I still love to look at the old buildings and try to imagine what it was like to live back there.My name is Kaye and I am from Oklahoma.

Friday, January 12, 2007

Actually the once white house with the once blue trim is #77 Russell Gulch not #44. Too many years have went by since then. The Blue house and the little half yellow house belongs to (or did at one time) the person in the white house with the coal smoke out the stack. Russell Gulch was a big town at one time. Look at some old pictures and you will see a lot of houses, several stores, hotels, taverns, horse and wagons, a tram way, actually a small train track a with bridge across the gulch. Many of these houses were bought for very little, disassembled loaded on the C and S rail cars, taken to Denver Colorado and put back together to live in during the great Depression. During the early 60s a group of college students as part of a class assignment came up here to record on tape some of the original history about the area as told by the actual people that lived here during the boom times. This may be available somewhere to listen to, but have never been able to find it. This area has had it's booms and busts over the years, and will again, Who knows mining may return as there is still a lot of gold in the ground, But the cost of recovery is very high. So there it sits and waits.

Thursday, January 11, 2007

THANKS for all the great pictures and information. - Carl in Phoenix



Saturday, December 30, 2006

One picture of Russell Gulch Colorado shows a large stone foundation, This was a stable on the low road and above the stable was a roller skating rink! really! One of the largest red light districts in Colorado was across the street from my former home. One of the old timers told me that there was a shoot out in the street between two miners right in front of my house when he was just a kid. One of the first motion pictures shown in Colorado was in the Ioof Hall next door. Russell Gulch had electric power because of the mines before Denver did! Talk about modern! A vote was taken early on to have a new school or pipe in water from Saint Marys glacier. The School won the vote and it is still there today and as far as I know still no water. Central City was almost the State capital of Colorado! There is a ton of history here. A lot of Gold was taken out of this gulch. Don't worry about the O My God road, I been over it so many times I could do it with my eyes closed, Well OK maybe with one eye closed. Just don't be in a big hurry and you will be OK. Please watch the mine shafts, most of the big ones have been covered up, but NOT all! Some are very deep and un forgiving, Don't go into one either, they can and have taken lives. Also please remember that while buildings may look deserted and abandoned they may be someones home or future home. There is NO abandoned property unless you go to the Courthouse and check the records to make sure. Always ask first if you are not sure, not only is it the right thing to do you don't want to be picking the buck shot out of your rear end. For example the little half yellow house shown in the picture that sits next door to my old house looks abandon but it belongs or did to the guy down the street. Being next door to me I kept my eye on it for him. Sure enough one time I came home to find someone moving in to this little house. So I went over to say hello to my "new" neighbor. UH! come to find out this guy just "moved in" setting up house, plugging in an extention cord into one of my outside electric light sockets I used for the engine heater for my car. It does happen more than you think. Look but don't touch and no problem. Sorry about the double post. Thanks.

Saturday, December 30, 2006

Sorry about the double post, us old Russell Gulchers don't know much about these new fangled comuputrs. Also the little half yellow house in the pictures was next to mine.

Saturday, December 30, 2006

Guess it did not work

Saturday, December 30, 2006

Thanks for the nice site. I thought Russell Gulch Colorado would have been leveled out for parking lots by now. The house in the picture, sort of white with the once blue trim #44 in Russell gulch Colorado next to the general store on the low road I owned and lived in it from July 1975 to July 1990. It really did look a lot nicer then than it does now. I painted it white twice and added the blue trim. It has an upstairs also. Although now it kind of looks like it really went down hill since then. I built the garage foundation, plumbing and retaining wall in front for $10,000 in 1982 and never had the money to finish the garage. Looks like the new owner did not either. Oh Well. We had town meetings every month above the general store, A fire department, neighborhood dinners back then, our own section in the Register Call newspaper. Really a nice place to live. Before the gambling went in we went to meetings in Central City to discuss the pros and CONS (pun intended) of gambling. We were told that gambling was going in whether we liked it or not and if you did not like it, GET OUT! If not for the gambling I would still be there today I guess, anyway so I got out. Don't miss the house at all as it was very cold in the winter due to the absence of insulation. But being a miners cabin built in 1860s this was normal. I hauled water from Idaho Springs every week end for 15 years because the mines in the area polluted the well water to the point that it would look like Coca cola and burn your skin. The winters can be rough at 9000 feet. The locals told me when I bought the house that if you made it through the first winter you will be OK. I did but a lot of newbies that came up here did not make it through their first winter. I do miss the mountains though, but if I wanted to be near gambling I would have moved to LV NV. Had enough snow, so now I live in Miami Beach Florida. Very nice here but the Colorado mountains still call out to me to visit now and then and remember the (good?) old days at #44 Russel Gulch. Lots of history in that area of Colorado. Signed, an old Russell Gulcher from Gulpin county.

Monday, December 25, 2006

Merry Christmas - Rocky - Your friends across the country appreciate your hard work. We especially like all the photos and brief stories about the Ghost Towns you visit. Keep up the good work and have a great new year. Mary Carol - Chicago PS – How did you like all the snow you just got?

Friday, December 15, 2006

Hi, nice site!

Thursday, December 14, 2006

Hello Rocky. I was raised a Tennesse country boy, and always loved vacationing in the west, mainly in Colorado and Utah. Would love to live out there but at 70 yrs, it's a little late to move and no more vacations. I found your web-site by accident, but now it's on my favorites. I have just finished looking through the ghosttowns. Great photos, don't know why anyone would be offended by calling some of them ghosttown. It's a great site. B Taylor, Rutherford, Tn

Thursday, December 14, 2006

Hi: When I feel lonely during this time of the winter season, all I have to do is check this site to see my favorite Colorado small town of Bonanza. I miss my log hill mountain cabin over looking the beautiful village of Bonanza. Fabian from Albuquerque, NM

Thursday, December 14, 2006

Thanks for the great pictures of the west. As I get older I find myself more and more attracted to the west and it's huge expanses and beauty! Richard, Raleigh NC

Sunday, December 03, 2006

Nice site, great pictures and lot of interesting reading, Stories are not to long just right. Obviously you love your hobby. Bud in St Louis

Thursday, November 16, 2006

Very Very well done site. Thank you.

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

I just got back from Fort Collins, Colorado where a friend lives. He drove me out to Pawnee Grasslands and then we toured the area and stopped at the Keota cemetery, then drove around the town. I hit google search as soon as I got home as I wanted more info on this very unique spot. While I was there, I had the strangest feeling that "something" was calling to me to investigate this town more! Wow..then I found your very informative website. Thank you so much for your info, I will continue my search. Tannya Albuquerque, NM

Saturday, November 11, 2006

My grandmother Jane Tregear was born in Nevadaville in 1869. Her father was a miner there. I visited the area several years ago. How do I obtain more information? Thank you Betty e-mil is

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Thanks for many wonderful hours of enjoyment viewing the site. I lived in Colorado for a while in the 80s and this brought back many memories. Buzz - Nevada

Thursday, October 26, 2006

Just came across your website today and realized that it was about Colorado ghost towns. Last May I was at Keota for a Stanley family reunion. My second cousin was raised in Keota. Our grandfathers were brothers. We had a great time viewing the Pawnee Buttes and visiting the Keota cemetery where I had the privilege of being warned off by a rattlesnake while trying to take a picture of a gravesite. Had lots of fun there. Lots of great history there concerning the Stanley's. Thanks, Evelyn Stanley Phillips

Sunday, October 22, 2006

Very nice website. I'm very happy to have your link on my website in France. Thank's for all marvellous pictures. PtitMousseDuWeb in FRANCE (EUROP)

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Many years ago, while residents of Iowa, we traveled past a high mountain vacant military post, I believe in Colorado. Now as residents, we'd like to find it again. Can you help? We're also locating "your" ghost towns in a topographical book and will visit them. We really appreciate the research and traveling you have done. It will make our adventures easier. Your website is terrific and is providing hours of winter entertainment. Thanks! Leonard & Judy / Fountain, Co.

Thursday, October 12, 2006

Has anybody listed all the ghost towns on a map? If so, how can I get a copy? Thanks, Paul Robinson Southern Shores, NC email-

Sunday, October 08, 2006

How many Jeeps did you wear out finding all those Ghost Towns? Keep them coming. Sent a small donation to your tip jar. (Used my wife's credit card) HE HE - Andrew in Montana.

Saturday, September 23, 2006

Good site. When did Mark Twain pass through Unionville, Nevada? And which cabin did he have (in your photos)? My Great Great Grandfather was Francis Wheeler Blake(1828-1895). He came from Boston in 1852 and followed the Boomtowns from Weaverville CA, Carson City and Uionville(1864-1866) NV, Silver City ID, and Prescott AZ where he was Mayor. He was an Assayer and Banker. I have been to Weaverville a couple times, but would like to visit these other lacations as well. Where is a good source of information for Humbolt County, NV? Thanks Alexander Portland OR

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

John Thomas, Temecula California - - great web site!

Monday, September 11, 2006

I have visited several Ghost Town site and I enjoy yours the most. Several have annoying music and popups. Yours is just pictures and interesting stories. The kid from Minn Thanks you.

Friday, September 08, 2006

Thanks for the good tips and information for our trip to Colorado. Made it a lot more enjoyable to have someone with current knowledge to help us make our plans. The Garvitts Family

Friday, September 01, 2006

Looking for information on two places. One Yankee Hill. Doing a story and need more information. And also would love information on Fairplay and to the east of there. Are there, or were there ranches after the civil war? Thanks for this forum. Be lost without the web and sites like this.

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Nice site, hope to get up your way sometime. Kelly

Friday, August 25, 2006

Robert - I wish it was my sole occupation. Just a hobby. Joan calls it an obsession. Thanks for sending your books. Rocky Mountain Profiles

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Keep up the good work. Is this project your sole occupation now?

Monday, August 21, 2006

I liked the pictures of WARD COLORADO and the old cars there. I live near Ft. Collins and I bought a 1950 Studebaker from a guy in Ward. We have done a total restoration on it and would like to send him a picture. He was still mining in that area and want to send him a picture. Bill, if you read this I lost your number but will check back for a reply. Rick & Sue

Sunday, August 20, 2006

Thanks for the great pictures I also go out in search of ghost towns unfortunately there are not many left in Alberta or B.C. but I find what I can. Yes it is a very good way to relax and rejuvenate. If you have any info on ghost towns that are not well known I would appreciate you letting me know. Thanks SHAWN Calgary ALBERTA CANADA

Thursday, August 17, 2006

Hey, Rocky! Great pics of the wonderful state of Colorado and Mosquito pass. I have been to the top from Leadville quite a few times but have never been able to make it down the east side because of snow. I will keep trying though! Keep up the good work on the website!

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

We visited this site on 13 August 2006. The entry road is terrible, therefore very few people go in..........although there was indications of dirt bikes that were doing their best to ruin the environment!! Pretty scenery and lots of solitude! Jack and Fran Miller, Ft. Collins, Co

Thursday, August 10, 2006

Hi! I always wondered who the people were who stopped and took pictures of our sheds across the road and now I know! The two small cabins in Sunshine are ours (and we are getting ready to restore them as they are really falling down!) We live in the house across the road which was built in 1875, and which we restored in 2003 (there is a huge 400 year old pine in the yard). There are about 13 original historic houses in Sunshine and various other buildings and mines. Most buildings were destroyed in fires or scavenged for wood during the depression. I just stumbled across these pics on the web. Thanks for sharing our little bit of paradise--Sunshine, Colorado!

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

My family owns one of the cabins in the Tolland pics you have (the last one up on the hill) and we have been friends with all in the community for many decades. It's nice to see my cabin on the web, but you'll have to update your pics because I just spent the last two weeks putting on all new siding!

Friday, August 04, 2006

Nancy - I don't have your email address so I hope you read this. Yes I am still prospecting and my update next month will include pictures of some of the nugget finds for you to drool over. Tell Gerry Hi for me.

Friday, August 04, 2006

We were out with a 4 wheel drive a few summers ago and accidentally came upon Gold Hill. I was amazed! I did not know there were still dirt roads and one/or two room school houses left in America. I wanted to STAY! What an incredible town with kind and friendly people!

Sunday, July 30, 2006

Hi Rocky, What a website! I read your original question about Rye Patch. I am going on the same training trip in Sept. with my new Minelab 3500 detector. Are you still prospecting? Nancy

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

The pictures you took of Summitville were wonderful. I visited there with my cousin and my three grandkids (Michael-10, Kate-7, and Joe-4)this July. Thanks for sharing. Barbarann, Cincinnati, OH

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

This is an awesome website! We were in Colorado in late September of 2005, stayed in Breckenridge, and will be going back this Friday. We visited the Vicksburg Ghost Town and there was another one on that same gravel road along clear creek, just north of Buena Vista. We will refer to this website again when we go exploring for more Ghost towns! Joy from Plainfield, IN

Friday, July 21, 2006

Thanks for the pictures. Well done. I grew up in Weldona and had relatives in Orchard. Sorry to see that the church burned down. My grandfather had a grocery store in Orchard in the 1920s.

Friday, July 21, 2006

I really enjoyed your pictures & website! Thanks for the link that you provided to me! DG/TW Forum

Thursday, July 20, 2006

I found this site looking for a friend. I was raise in Colorado, and live in Kansas now, and have been to some of the Ghosttowns included here. This is a great site!! Thank you for all the info, I sure my friend is going to love it. I will be back. Chris Lyons/Ks.

Thursday, July 20, 2006

We were just in Colorado (7/2006, Wolf Creek Pass & Pagosa Springs)and a friend said she was raised in Summitville, her father being a mining engineer. Her husband, a good friend, his father was an engineer & gold miner. These pics have made the experience much more meaningful.

Sunday, July 16, 2006

Thanks for making My Day. I lived in Jamestown over 40 years ago. I have all ways mist it, I would love to came back. But dont think that will aver happen. But was good to see some of it. Thank You

Saturday, July 15, 2006

Hi Mike Had a great time with you and the rest of the gang at Ganes!!!I hope you got through security ok,I saw you leaving with a security official and he was holding the heavy stuff!I`m sure things worked out!! All the Best Marc

Saturday, July 15, 2006

Hi, Mike, This is your cousin Susan from Virginia. Thank you for posting the lovely family pictures! I enjoy them and like feeling that connection to our family. Keep up the good work! Susan (Sinnwell) Joyce

Friday, July 14, 2006

Love the site, planning a vacation in Colorado in August and this is a great help. Please continue to update me when new photos are added. Wyatt AZ

Thursday, July 13, 2006

Hi Mike.....Cool site.....obviously Gerry took the Humboldt pictures that I appear in......Dan

Thursday, July 06, 2006

Thursday July 6th, 2006 I was searching for pictures of the area's around the Walden/ North Park area to show some friends and you have some great pic's. I'm originally from Walden but now live in Savannah, GA. It makes me home sick. If you want some really great picture's and great camping and fishing go to Seamore and Slackwise lakes they are on your way heading toward Steamboat Springs about 15-20 out side of Walden. I'll keep looking for new things on your site now that I have found it. Thanks!!! Kellie (

Thursday, June 29, 2006

Hey-ya, great site. I'm a fellow Niwot res. too. I have a friend comming out in July who loves history and has never seen the mountains. We're camping around the Rky. Mtn Ntl. Park area (east and west slope). You know of any old abandonded towns 'round there I could show her? I have 4x4 capabillity - figure I could introduce here to off-roading while delving into the history of Colorado. Thanks, Eric (

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Hello,I love it,Ouray and Silverton. I am looking for a great picture to have painted on the wall in my classroom. Mountains, lake, Ouray from the south, looking at the whole town with mts. everywhere.) I teach 7th grade, we have no windows, but these mountains we and many others share would really make my classroom bright. This is a great site. Drop me a note sometime, it would be nice to share mountain stories. God Bless! Lynn P.S. We have vacationed in Oury since 1980. I long to be teaching there. Any information on how to breathe up there? The last 2 years breathing has been harder it seems.

Monday, June 26, 2006

Hi! I´m writing from germany cause I´m looking for my girlfreind Wende Lea Teague before marrying John E. jr. Hugeback- find this name on this side...if your wifes name is wende,please tell her about my search. She lives a short time by me 14 years ago. My name is Tania Feige and my adress Thanks a lot!

Sunday, June 25, 2006

great photos im coming over at the end of the year ton visit freinds in colorado springs ,i know it will be winter but i hope to see some animals especially raccoons, regards chriss taylor.

Monday, June 19, 2006

Are dogs welcome at Wellington Res.?  Planning on taking the family up to camp this week. Thanks for any info. Kendra Denver CO

Friday, June 09, 2006

Thanks for the great web site and photos. When I came to the web site I expected all sorts of advertising and junk popups. Your site was a pleasant surprise as none of that happened. I left a tip just to let you know some of us really do appreciate a site that is not trying to sell us something we don't want every time I click something. Richard - Ohio

Saturday, June 03, 2006

Just back from the Vulture in AZ. You should go see it and add it to your site. Jon - AZ

Thursday, May 25, 2006

I live in Salem, Or and lived from birth until summer of 1926 in Wanda, MN. All the original Jenniges children were first cousins of my Mother. I am quite familiar with the history of Wanda. I don't know if I am doing this right. I did know Helen Jenniges as she was a personal friend of my Aunt Blanche Eichten. I think Helen was the youngest of the original Jenniges family. From what I know is that Mathew Jenniges came to the US along with the Peter Eichten family. Howard McMillen

Thursday, May 25, 2006

My name is Howard E. McMillen. My Mother was Gertrude Eichten, and Valentine Eichten was my Grandfather. Gertrude Eichten Jenniges is my Mothers Aunt, so would be my great Aunt. My e-mail is

Thursday, May 25, 2006

Stumbled across your website and the pics of Rollins Pass. My first crossing was sometime in the mid-60's with my dad and mom in old 58 Dodge car. We actually drove all of the way east to west several times over the next few years. My last trip over the pass was on the Labor day weekend 1971. There was snow on the west side of the tunnel and over the railroad trestle. We made it up the hill and over the top in a 64 Dodge Dart wagon with only one snow tire. We stopped in Winter Park for a beer and then back over Berthoud to home. At that time you could still drive through the tunnel also. That pass has some high pucker places in it but I have great memories from those trips. Great website. Tom L. Pocatello, Idaho

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

I visited Summitville and was impressed - THANKS for the tip. Gerry - UT

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Where you going over the Holiday? Going to post any new Ghost Towns? - Frank - WA

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Really enjoy the site. Visit to plan my trips to Colorado - Collin UK

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Hello. I saw in your article about Creede that 8000 people lived there in 1982. I guess the year must be 1892. By the way, I like your site. We (me, my wife and 2 sons) had an very nice campertrip in Colorado in 2004 and I still find a lot of good and interesting information on your site. We plan to go back in 2009 for camping and flyfishing this wonderful State. Bert Dries, the Netherlands.

Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Mike I love your pix! Thanks for all the great photos! Let's get together for lunch soon. Need to catch up! Would like to tag along sometime. Dallas & Mary Niwot CO.

Friday, May 05, 2006

Can't get enough of the Colorado Mountains - Keep the photos and stories comin -- Tough Nut UK

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Nice pics. My wife and I have been to all of the towns and many more over the years. My job allowed me to travel the back roads, with our travel trailer for a number of years. Their weren't many of them we missed. Great hobby.

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

It's been a long time since I've been able to check out your web site.  The wife is talking to me again and she says I can talk to you again as long as I don't talk about Cleater. Me and the kids are getting along well yet. I see you have others interested in the area.  Cleater was a great part of the journey.  Crown King was OK too....maybe a bit civilized but not too bad.  The rest room facilities were interesting after we left town heading north east and west. (same road)  we actually met some idiot driving that road.  Makes you wonder where his brains were.  Guys like that would probably take the trail west from Mexican Hat to the park too.  You want to avoid people like that. 

I don't get a chance to visit your site often enough but do enjoy it.  Makes me lonesome for the mountains though. 

Wife is coming...gotta go. Be good......change your ways 


Saturday, April 22, 2006

A pleasure for me to see Colorado Ghost Towns before going in 2006. Very nice pictures. Thank's The Frenchy PtitMousseDuWeb (EUROP / FRANCE)

Friday, April 21,  2006,

I loved the photos that I saw in this site. It made me want to go to Colorado and see them for myself.--Jennifer from Mtn. view, OK

Thursday, April 20, 2006

Hey Mike, I came across your website after spending a day out at Pawnee Buttes and finding the graveyard there. I was touched by the stone for Edith Grace Steiger and went on the web to find out more. Up came your website. I haven't fully explored your site yet but I am moved by the love and energy you put into it. I recently moved to Colorado from Massachusetts and I am wanting to learn more about this fascinating place. Thank you for all your good info. Best to you and your family, Lydia, now of Longmont

Thursday, April 13, 2006

I am getting out and walking back. The Wimp

Comments - Every once in awhile the roads get a little rough and scary for some people. The above comment was made by a wimp in the group. He walked back to the improved road.  Mike (AKA Rocky)

Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Hi Mike, I was just browsing around on the internet and typed in "Ghost Towns" and all of a sudden your website came aboard. I was amazed with all the wonderful pictures especially a person like me that currently resides in California but grew up in Durango Colorado and misses the beauty of nature. To start me day off I now visit your website practically every morning just relaxing with a cup of coffee and viewing all your picture's and the history that goes along with it. Thanks to you and your family my days now start off more enjoyable. Sincerely, Jim - Orange, CA

Sunday, April 02, 2006

Hi Mike, spoke with you last week about getting info on Hidden Valley Church. I was looking for a great place for a wedding. It will work for us. Thanks so much for your help. The church sounds like exactly what I am looking for! Have a good day! Deanna

Saturday, March 25, 2006

A really wonderful site. Nice to see someone interested in Colorado History. Matt - Silverton CO

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Hey uncle Mike, so are there any recent pictures of Madison and aunt Vicky? Do you have any recent pictures of me or my huge family? well your doing a great job on this page! well write back Love Arial Sinnwell

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Hi! Found your site by mistake and loved it! I've always been interested everything old and/or odd, gotta get to Colorado at some point in my life, I'm just about to turn thirty so I guess I'll have time. How about modern "ghostowns"? Found a real good link to Chernobyl, great Pictures and stories! A whole site dedicated to it. And for me living only 1000 kilometres (don't know what that would be in miles) from it...Whew! Thanks anyway Jani/Finland

Thursday, March 16, 2006

Hi! My name is Tosha Hoornstra im from alma michigan. im bored in computer class and thats all i have to say good bye yall love tosha  

(COMMENTARY - I think I should forward this to the instructor, Maybe an English teacher as well.) - Rocky

Saturday, March 11, 2006

What is great about your site is that you obviously love Colorado. Everything on the site makes people want to see and enjoy Colorado. Our family has visited the site often and use it to plan our Colorado trips. I am embarrassed to say we are natives of Colorado and don't know anything compared to what we find here. THANK YOU - Rocky Mountain Profiles            Bryan - Denver

Saturday, March 04, 2006

I like the pictures of sunshine just wondering where that is. I am from Lake City and I am curious if you are the person who made the videos of around of the western slope of the old mining and ghost towns.

Saturday, March 04, 2006

New Jeep?? Rubicon will make my old Rio Grande feel inferior. Can't wait to see these pictures in real life. Roger

Thursday, March 02, 2006

Thanks for the memories. We  used to live in Colorado and due to a transfer we left. We can still enjoy Colorado only now we do it thru your site. Marge - New Jersey

Saturday, February 25, 2006

Thank you for the great pictures and information on your site of the various Ghost Towns. I was born and raised in Colorado and never get tired looking at others pictures and the history. James Howton, Loveland Colorado.

Saturday, February 25, 2006

Hi Rocky, I like your site. I grew up in Idaho Springs. My friend used to live in that pink house. I loved it. Will check back again. Debbie

Thursday, February 23, 2006

Thanks for the great pictures of Colorado ghost towns. I lived in both Keota and Grover as a little girl. I'm 33 now and haven't been back in years, but it's great to see Mr. Standley's store and the schoolhouse again. It was especially great to see a photo of my Aunt Helen and Uncle Bart's house!!! They've both passed away but I have such wonderful memories of the smell of chicken & dumplings and Uncle Bart's pipe tobacco! They lived in what is called the Superintendents house in Grover. Thanks for sharing you pics!!! Mrs. Erika Ervie

Tuesday, February 21, 2006

I love your site. I will be back to visit often. Keep up the good work. Diane - Colorado

Thursday, February 16, 2006

I was enjoying the site until I checked out the articles of insanity and saw that every thing was spinning like mad. Does that mean I am a criminal? What does it do if you are a criminal and old? Ole Fart - New Mexico

Saturday, February 11, 2006

Cool site!

Friday, February 10, 2006

Great Site fantastic Pictures I really need to visit all the ghost towns I've been working on it about 10 years hope I have enough time Thanks Diz

Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Perhaps the name of the ghost town Ashcroft is different from the founder Ashcraft because an ashcroft is a field surrounded by ash trees; also Ashcraft is a variation of Ashcroft. I found your site when I was researching my last name (Ashcraft). Nice site.

Thursday, February 02, 2006

This is just an awesome site. I am a Colorado native who has been (unfortunately) transplanted, hopefully temporarily, to Baltimore, Maryland. I have enjoyed looking at your photos...all of them ! Not that I need any help remembering just how beautiful our Colorado IS, but it seems to help with my terrible homesickness a little. Thank you...thank you, thank you....Marlene

Wednesday, February 01, 2006

How is this john related to me. I'm John Hugeback, son of leon, son of Joe in Manning. I'm @

Tuesday, January 31, 2006

What a wonderful site....Thanks for Pearl...... I have spent time there with a friends, and owners of a few of the cabins there.....Has been several years since I was there...Brings back wonderful memories.. Someday I hope to return to Pearl, I was born and raised in CO. now live in MO. Therefore my handle is Misorado....Take care and THANKS AGAIN..... Are all you guys ready to go back?........ I sure am lol

Wednesday, January 25, 2006

I like the stories - Give me more info/stories to read about the Ghost Towns you visit. Like the Wild Irishman or Teller City stories. - Jim - Colorado

Sunday, January 22, 2006

Nice site.

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

What beautiful site. You should be on the Colorado Tourism Board, Sarah - AZ

Thursday, January 12, 2006

Spent some time wandering thru your site. A guy could get lost looking at all the Ghost Towns Photos. - Peter - PA

Tuesday, January 03, 2006

What a great web site. I have been to Colorado many times. What a great state. From Dan (ENGLAND)

Wednesday, December 28, 2005

Over the Holidays I had a chance to check out your site. – THANKS for sharing. Chris – Madison

Monday, December 19, 2005

I was surfing the web and came across your site. Now it is a bookmark. I will be coming back often. Mark - Tampa Florida

Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Well this was a wonderful surprise. AND TO see my AUNT BARB and AUNT JANE on your ANCESTOR 5 Page followed later with my Aunt Karen, Yozers!!! Three very gorgeous Sinnwell ladies. I will be sure to take some photo's and email them from Sinnwell Family Gatherings up in Nashua on the family farms near Ionia, Iowa. In fact I grew up on the Family Farm. Jillian (Hurdler) Sinnwell, IOWA

Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Great site! I have always been interested in Prairie ghost towns. My great grandfather homesteaded near Campo, Colorado back in 1915 and my 8 year old son and I found the actual site last summer. Some other interesting ghost towns you can check out are Beecher Island, Chivington, Sheridan Lakes, Two Buttes and Delhi. Keota is still my favorite, we went out there last summer and hiked out to the Pawnee Buttes. Also check out Sligo Cemetery between Keota and Grover. Great job!

Monday, December 05, 2005

Hi My name is Ken Pedersen, and from Denmark,Europe. Its a nice sites, an for us there have the old west as hobby. we have a historian western club here an like to living as in USA old days look our home side please:  greetings from Ken

Friday, December 02, 2005

Hi Mike, Thanks for writing. I’d be honored to trade links. You have one of the best Ghost Town sites I’ve seen. Outstanding job!      Thanks again,    -

Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Thanks for the web-site - whenever I get homesick for the mountains, I'll return to it for my "mountain fix"!!

Kathy Iowa

Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Just got the screen saver you sent me. Now I really want to come to Colorado -

Travis - Idaho

Sunday, November 20, 2005

Very impressive web site Mike, keep up the great work. Your fellow ghosttowner, Johnnie & Sheila

Friday, November 18, 2005

Nice to see someone interested in the beauty and value of the Ghost towns of the west. Keep up the good work. I used your tip jar. Send me the free screen saver. - Travis - Idaho

Thursday, November 10, 2005

My bro and I have had a dream for 20 years to ride Colorado on motorcycles. Next late June our dream will come true. Thanks for the pictures. Fshnizfun Santa Fe, NM

Sunday, November 06, 2005

Great site - THANK YOU - Steve

Thursday, October 27, 2005

My parents drove out to Keota on their honeymoon in 1925! I was there about 30+ years ago. Nothing there except the Stanleys and their store. My father was a friend of the Wharton family who homesteaded there and he often visited from Chicago. When last I was there, the Stanleys and their store were still going...John from Chicago

Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Nicely done website Mike... thanks for sharing this with us. Maybe I'll get away from the Great Basin next season as it's been 12 years since my last Colorado visit- I must be well rounded! The best to you and yours- Doug Pifer- Albany, OR - oregon4wd

Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Hi, Mike! I received a note from Wayne telling about your web site. It's very impressive! You look great too. I live in Prescott and love it. It too is growing beyond belief but it still retains some of the charm. Stay well! Carol Brown

Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Mike, I have been browsing the guest book and ran across one of your readers commenting on your story about our Cleator AZ trip. I remember it as it was yesterday. It was exciting without any embellishment............ What a trip. Great site Mike. I have forwarded it to Tavi, CB and Vic. Thanks, good luck and God bless. The man who eats his sandwich off pop cans?????????? Hurdle Mills, NC P.S. I still have the Maps

Friday, October 07, 2005

You outdid yourself this month. (The pictures look better than my kitchen floor! ). Rita - Minn

Saturday, October 01, 2005

Apparently my great-grandfather founded the town of Cameron, Colorado. I had tried a couple of years ago on-line to find some reference to it but couldn't. Thanks for posting the pictures. Roy Cameron

Sunday, September 25, 2005

Found your website when searching information on Bonanza, Colorado after reading Anne Ellis book 'Life of an Ordinary Woman', have gone on to other towns. St. Elmo photos are great but missing "The Chipmunk Crossing". Summer would be great to check out Hancock, Alpine tunnel, Tomiche Pass and Tin Cup. Thank you for your work..... K. C. - Canon City (Native Denverite)

Saturday, September 24, 2005

I just wanted to share that, my uncle, Martin Rhodes, originally engineered the 6-mile tunnel that Amtrak now goes through. (Below Rollins Pass) He died in November 1963, 2 days before John Kennedy. He was married to Grace Harris Rhodes, my dad's sister. She died in 1994 in Littleton/Denver area. Most my family still live in Aurora County, Wheatridge, Littleton and Brush. - Kathleen California

Friday, September 23, 2005

Just found you this am. Great web site. I share your passions! Colorado native that feels she'll never see enough of the backcountry. Thank you. Diane

Friday, September 16, 2005

What a great website! I am enjoying all the photos along with all the rest of the great things you have included. I have family in Co, (Montrose and Yampa) and I have visited quite a few places that you all have been to also! Its great to see the ghost towns...those are my favorites. I went to a lot of them in my many trips out West. Look forward to seeing more things added to the site. I will check back often to see more and more of wonderful Colorado. Sue-Williamsburg MA

Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Great site - keep adding to the Ghost towns. I like the note you send out to me when you update the site. Easy to find the new stuff. Bill - Idaho

Sunday, August 28, 2005

I enjoy the site and especially the fact that it does not have annoying ads that popup all the time. So I made my contribution in the tip jar. - KB - Pine Brook New Jersey

Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Rocky - Your site is really great. My husband and I have taken to visiting ghost towns on our vacations over the last few years and your pics and accounts are priceless! Keep up the good work! dld720 - St. Charles, MO

Sunday, August 14, 2005

This is God's beautiful country. Only a fraction of the beauty of what Heaven will be like!!! Prophyjet

Thursday, August 11, 2005

Thanks for the site I love to check out the old mine areas and scenery, have been to most of them, but unable to go now, glad someone put up pics, so future generations can see how their ancestors lived and worked and what they had to work with, to build this great country we call America Frank DSM

Thanks for the wonderful site as we used it to help plan our Colorado vacation. I also am thankful for the advice and guidance you provided. Nicole - California

Thursday, July 28, 2005

Rocky - got some photos I will be sending to you from our trip in 1972. It looks like your photo of one of the tunnels in Phantom canyon. As I recall there were only 2 tunnels - Martha - Plano Texas

Saturday, July 23, 2005

Rocky, You have a real nice web site here, stumbled across your post on Nuggetshooter.comForum. I was born and raised in one of Colorado`s newest ghost towns. Gilman, Colorado, the town sits right on top of the old Eagle mine. My father started working there in 1938 and was Mine Manager when the mine closed for good back in the 80s. The town is a total ghost town now and is located between Minturn and Redcliff. Next trip back to Minturn, I plan to do some detecting in a few of the placer locations up Homestake creek, on the Holy Cross side of the Mts. My brother who lives in Redcliff has several mine dumps picked out that contain horn silver and gold, going to run my Minelab 3000 over them. Add Gilman to your Ghost town list, it is much more a ghost town than Leadville. Jim Kingman, Arizona

Friday, July 22, 2005

I lived in Carbondale back in the early/mid-seventies. Had a friend who live in Marble, and used to go to Crystal often. Is the snow bridge still there? Seems the Carbondale area has grown a lot. Am hoping to go to Gunnison with my sister-in-law in August, would like to go on over to Crystal, Marble, Redstone, etc. Someone tell me how much it's changed, please...and tell me it hasn't turned AWFUL!!! Robin FL

Thursday, July 21, 2005

Rocky - good work keep it up. Expect to see us in August - Tony Tempe AZ

Tuesday, July 12, 2005

Nice Site, I am using it to plan my Colorado Vacation Mike - Texas.

Saturday, July 09, 2005

Research - Research - Research. Many Ghost Towns on the site are listed on good Colorado maps. I purposely don't provide info on the web site about how to get there. Although I like to share the sights I don't want every vandal in the world deciding to go there and burn the buildings down. I have lived in Colorado a little over 20 years and I am amazed and disappointed with the destruction of many of the sites. I sort of figure if you have to work a little harder to find the sites you will probably appreciate them a little more.  Rocky - Niwot Colorado

Saturday, July 09, 2005

How do I find the location of the many Ghost Towns listed?

Thursday, July 07, 2005

Peggy, send me a note at and I will help you out.

Thursday, July 07, 2005

7-7-05 Hi - My name is Peggy and I'm from Idaho Falls. I'm investigating the life of my great-grandparents who lived for a time in Freeland, Co - perhaps in one of the dugouts or log cabins included in your picture. My great-grandfather, Melville Goodrich, was mining in the area - I believe for gold. I am going to Colorado in a week and would like to visit Freeland, but I've no idea where it is. Could anyone provide directions? Thank you!

Thursday, July 07, 2005

Wonderful site Rocky! Beautiful photographs! I am going to link your site onto my links page. Everyone should see it- Jeff Smith great grandson of "Soapy" Smith-

Tuesday, July 05, 2005

I like what you have done, Keep up the good work. Bill - Roswell New Mexico

Saturday, July 02, 2005

This site is beautiful. The pictures are incredible. Thanks for sharing. Teri from Oklahoma

Friday, July 01, 2005

Rocky - thanks for the time on the phone with me today. See you next year for our trip - Don in Maine

Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Susan, Magnolia townsite. Great pictures of my family's property.

Tuesday, June 21, 2005

I love your site. We moved to Colorado 2 years ago and 4-wheeling and ghost town hunting has quickly became our favorite pastime. Erica - Parker

Monday, June 20, 2005

Thanks for the useful site. Keep up the good work. God bless you and keep you. -John-

Thursday, June 16, 2005

Really enjoyed this site,keep up the good work,will come back again, Ray B Hampton,London,England,UK

Sunday, June 12, 2005

Concerning the Masonic Building in Nevadaville, CO. Yes, we Masons DO STILL meet there often. A large number of Master Mason degrees are done there in the Summer, due to the wonderful traditional surroundings and the feeling of history. The lodge (Nevadaville No. 4), originally obtained it's charter from the Grand Lodge of the Kansas Territory (Colorado hadn't been invented yet!), and is still proudly displayed during the meetings. Also, each July 10th. or so, we have an "all you can eat" pancake breakfast in the old lodge building, and NOBODY GOES AWAY HUNGRY! An amusing note is that "Tiler", the dog belonging to one of our Past Masters, regularly is included in meetings, and makes himself right at home in the near-middle of the lodge floor. We invite ALL Master Masons to the meetings. --- Best Wishes, Tom Dailey Senior Warden - Centennial Lodge 84 (Denver) member - Nevadaville Lodge No. 4

Thursday, June 09, 2005

WOW, thanks much for this wonderful website! Great job with everything! Have bookmarked it & will visit frequently for escape! You've afforded me the opportunity of reminiscing about MANY trips to spend time in the mountains with my sister who lived in Colorado for 25 years! I miss it terribly and swear to make a one way trip someday soon! I love the ghosttowns, the mountains, mines, all of it! Barb-Southern Illinois

Tuesday, June 07, 2005

Thanks for all the great Photos of Colorado Ghost towns. I will bookmark the site and come back for updates. - .... Jim NY

Saturday, June 04, 2005

I grew up in Colorado, and have enjoyed revisiting my childhood memories through your eyes...I still miss Aspen trees terribly even 20 years later... Thanks, Shelly (WA State)

Sunday, May 29, 2005

Looking for adventure and found your site. Hope to get a lead on exploring as I get the time and it seems you have a nice set up to help with that endeavor. Thanks. Sincerely, Disciple63

Monday, May 23, 2005

Hey - How about a few pictures of your Jeep's. Rumor has it you have some Rubicon's ---- Chris - Minneapolis

Thursday, May 19, 2005

Nice site, I was looking for info on Rollins Pass and hit the site. Ron - Chicago

Friday, May 13, 2005

Mike.........I got a kick out of reading your story about your experiences in Cleator, Az. 30 some years ago. I had a similar experience in Montana years ago. It's stories like this that I tend to remember many, many years later. You write very well, and I appreciate the stories. Thanks.

Thursday, May 12, 2005

Looks like I will have to make some modifications to my guest book. Please accept my apology. As always there are people that insist on Spamming and creating problems. I am traveling and checked the site. I will fix when I return this weekend. Please understand I do NOT support any of the links you find recently posted in the quest book and I highly recommend you do NOT click on any of those links. ----- Rocky --- Niwot Colorado.

Tuesday, May 10, 2005

Now that you got the plains ghost towns out of your system, you can go back to the Mountains and give us some more Gold Camps like we want. Don - Littleton - CO

Saturday, May 07, 2005

THANKS for the Plains Ghost towns, we needed the focus, Brad - Grover CO

Sunday, May 01, 2005

HI Mikey & Joan, Just wanted to let you know how happy you made Jenna. She couldn't stop grinning and wouldn't let her sisters look at anything in the package for the longest time--a sure sign of success. Stanley told her he had a GREAT time. I only hope he didn't impose too much and didn't engage in any behavior that was too boorish. Thanks for all your help! -- Mangey, Marshall MN

Sunday, May 01, 2005

Wanted to let you know I arrived back in Marshall safe and sound on Friday. The mailman delivered me sometime between 10 and 11 a.m. Had a wonderful time enjoying your generous hospitality and the wonderous sites of CO. I'm so grateful to Jenna for sending me to you!--Flat Stanley, Marshall MN

Sunday, May 01, 2005

Hi Mike and Joan, Love getting your site monthly, seeing family and the places we will visit together when Roger gets his Jeep upon retirement! It was great to see the kids and your mom too. LOve you guys, wish we could visit more often. Roger and Janet

Saturday, April 30, 2005

Took a browse around the website-- You never really appreciate how beautiful Colorado is until you aren't there any more. Missouri can't compare. And once I buy your jeep from you we can go 4x4 together in those big old mountains. love you, ~me

Wednesday, April 27, 2005

Hi Jenna, What a day! I went to a ghost town with Uncle Mike today in his Jeep. I didn’t want to say anything to him, but I was so scared when he said we were going to a GHOST town. There was no way I wanted to see ghosts! It wasn’t really a town with ghosts. It was an old gold mining town from years ago where the gold miners used to live. Saw some old gold mines too. I felt kind of silly thinking we were going to see ghosts. What a relief! My last day in Colorado. Tomorrow I’m going to be coming home. I’m bringing lots of pictures. Did you miss me? Uncle Mike and Aunt Joan said they’re really going to miss having me around to brighten their days. Love, Flat Stanley ---- Marshall - MN

Monday, April 25, 2005

Hi Mike,I found your ghost town by mistake, and I think it is the greatest one I have seen, congratulations, I think your site is the best - Irish Mount Olive Alabama

Monday, April 25, 2005

I stopped at Gold Hill today. I saw the "dog" sign. Would have missed it if it wasn't for your web site. - Bobby - Boulder, CO

Thursday, April 21, 2005

What a wonderful site. I sometimes forget the beauty of Colorado. Your site is a good reminder.-------- Mary in Montana

Tuesday, April 19, 2005

Hey Mikey, So this is what you've been doing with yourself since I last saw you. My family decided we want to vacation in Colorado this summer. What do you suggest so I can please myself and see the ghost towns and keep the wife/kids happy so they can spend all my money? Joseph Altima

Tuesday, April 19, 2005

I'm curious--do you have a life other than looking at ghost and mining towns? Where do you find these places? I've been to Colorado a couple times and have never seen places like this. By the way, are you married? I need a good guy like you. Pamela

Sunday, April 17, 2005

THANKS for the directions and the great web site. I visited Bonanza this weekend. Carl - Salida CO

Friday, April 15, 2005

Why don't you feature some Colorado Plains Ghost towns - Randy -- Sterling CO

Thursday, April 14, 2005

It was okay to have a couple Ghost towns from "other states". Just don't make a habit of it. --- Brian - Cedar City Utah

Thursday, April 14, 2005

Thanks I like the photos - Chuck - Littleton

Thursday, April 14, 2005

Keep up the good work - Now I know where to go this summer. Jean - MO

Date: 26 Mar 2005 Time: 13:44:30

WOW - this is a lot of white space for a comment when all I want to say is GREAT SITE !!!       

Harvey Smedlap - Colorado

Date:26 Mar 2005  Time: 13:45:43

Thanks for sharing this with all of us. I too live in this beautiful state and never a day goes by that I am not awestruck....Keep up the great work. Ghostowning forever!!!!!   

Krissy in Dolores

Date: 29 Mar 2005 Time: 16:46:39

Thank you again and keep taking great photographs of my favorite state!!          Kathy in Kansas

Date: 31 Mar 2005  Time: 11:32:52

Hello Mike, I need directions. Several months ago I saw on the Discovery channel a program about a town called "St. Elmo, CO". Could you please send me directions to get there? I would sure appreciate it very much. I moved to Fountain, CO in Jan. of 2004 and I LOVE it out here. I like to check out new places and St. Elmo looks very interesting. I take pictures and some drawing/painting.

Thank You,      Joy from Fountain,CO

Date: 31 Mar 2005 Time: 12:03:57

 Hi aunt Connie    -  Arial SINNWELL

Date: 31 Mar 2005  Time: 18:36:07

Hi! Just discovered your great site! My 8 year old grandkid and me love to visit old ghost towns. So far we've always gone to Tombstone, AZ area because that's our favorite vacation spot but since we live here in Colorado Springs, we want to start exploring here closer to home! Thanks for your website!

Bryant,  - Colorado Springs, CO.

Date: 01 Apr 2005 Time: 13:47:17

Awesome site Keep up the good work

Roger - Flagstaff AZ

Date: 02 Apr 2005  Time: 08:19:26

I guess I never knew that Colorado had so many Ghost towns. THANKS for enlightening me. Now I can spend more time with my family exploring Colorado.

Scott - Denver Colorado

Date: 02 Apr 2005  Time: 11:02:13

I really like the ghost town pages. I was recently near Central City and came across the little gem of Nevadaville. Wondering on the history of. If any one knows please e-mail me with info or links.

Thanks for the pics.

Date: 04 Apr 2005 Time: 11:14:51

Been a while since I checked out your site. Obviously I missed a lot of new stuff. Keep up the good work. It is only okay to feature a non-Colorado site if you do it occasionally.

Tom - Longmont, CO

Date: 05 Apr 2005 Time: 16:31:34

Hi Mike, My future wife and I Stumbled upon your page as we were reading about frequent landslides around McClure Pass, and really enjoyed it! Good humor! and we're fellow jeep owners.... 99 Sahara. We've been Coloradoans for about a year now, and look forward to having family pics of our own. Thanks for the 1/2 hour of enjoyment!!


Date: 07 Apr 2005 Time: 09:32:42

Great site keep the towns coming. We have enjoyed the site for several years.                  Gene and Mary - Leadville CO

Date: 08 Apr 2005 Time: 05:06:36

Mike.........I came over to your site from I'm really impressed with the ghost town info and images. You've done a great job with the site. I'll have to bookmark it so I can come back and explore.........Flatiron (aka Pat).......P.S..."Left Hand" is a neat little town.

Date: 13 Apr 2005  Time: 14:47:57

Thanks for the help and info. - Nice Site. Joe in AZ

Date: 13 Apr 2005  Time: 16:24:27

Saw the site today. Not bad. Guess I will have to go to Colorado instead of California for a change. Janet - Calistoga



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