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Last Chance Colorado Townsite - Ghost town

Not to be confused with the "last Chance" mine in Creede. The Texas Montana trail went through here. One of the photos shows some of the brands. This town grew as the automobile industry grew in the early 19th century and then died off as the interstate 70 bypassed it in the 50's. Established in 1925 and no official post office but you could stop at the general store and pick up your mail. Some claim it got it's name because it was the "Last Chance" for food, water, gas, a hotel and a bathroom before you head east out of Colorado towards Kansas. I used the Porta Potty in the rest area.

 

Photos courtesy of Mike Sinnwell September 2009

A viewer writes - Saturday, May 04, 2013 - My grandparents & many of my aunt's lived in Last Chance, CO. I lived there from 1981-1985 second house south of where the hwy crosses. My grandmother, Verna Price ran the cafe for years. In these pics it was the white building with green trim. Across the street was the church. The Goode family lived there. Just west of the cafe was the only mechanic in town, the Devarent family ran it. The Everhart's had the gas station/convenience store. Don't remember who had the hotel, but their son was named Tad. Used to love getting dipped ice cream cones at Dairy King and trying to suck out all the ice cream without breaking the chocolate shell. A couple of my aunt's worked there when I was in elementary school.

A viewer writes - Wednesday, June 26, 2013 -- Hi my name is Pam Black maiden name Wilkins, went to Woodlin High School 76-82 lived out in the wheat lands my neighbor was Mrs. Gilbert loved getting to go to the Dairy King for ice cream went to school with a boy his dad ran a gas station their last names were Grosshans my best friend in the world was Leisa Blake from Woodrow we were inseparable she lives in Denver was looking on Google maps my old homestead burned in the fire last year...sure do miss them days gone by, thanks for the pics brought back memories Pam lwsp1965@gmail.com

Rocky says - The fire started on Monday, June 25, 2012,  near the small towns of Last Chance and Woodrow. It burned over 45,000 acres.  At least 23 structures were lost, including five houses. A rather fast burning fire as the fire was declared fully contained on Tuesday evening, June 26. Cause of this fire is thought to be sparks thrown up from an automobile wheel following a tire blowout.

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