Rocky Mountain Profiles, winner of the 2016 “Old West Award” and 2007 “TWM Award” .

Location advisor to CBC for the video ” Geologic Journey: The Rockies”.

Published in numerous magazines and  books Including the 2011 Release of “Colorado’s Best Ghost Towns” by Kenneth Jessen.

Winner of the BDGTWS Award for 2013, 2014,2015, and 2016

Fan Mail and Testimonials from site visitors and clients on trips.  I like to have fun. Some Humorous, some serious.

Subject: what a wonderful website!

I transferred into Colorado a few years ago, but haven’t had the time to go out looking around much. Now I have more time (on the weekends anyway).  I was wondering if you allow stragglers and/or tag-alongs. I suppose I would mostly be interested in day trips (on weekends) or a weekend get-away. It sounds like you have a great time going out and showing off the state!

(I also come with my own jeep if that makes a difference J )

Rocky Replies

Only under the following conditions:

1.      You take pictures

2.      You enjoy yourself

3.      You supply your own gas, food and drink

4.      You don’t mind bumpy roads

5.      You don’t whine

6.      You share your pictures

7.      And lot’s of other miscellaneous useless stuff.

Short answer is no problem. I do know that the next three weekends are definitely out of the question. (Fathers Day -don’t forget your dad, then a trip to pick up my new Rubicon -YEAH,  and then a 4th of July celebration in Minnesota.)

Stay in touch. I assume you are in the Springs. If that is correct then as I plan trips to that area I will let you know. If you have a place you are interested in near there let me know. Sometime you should make sure you take the old stage road ( Gold Camp Road) from behind the Broadmoor Hotel to Cripple Creek, then to Victor and then to Canyon City via Phantom Canyon road and back to the Springs. Neat short day trip. Lot’s of stuff to see.

Mike Sinnwell

PS – Thanks for protecting the USA and my family.

Web Site Visitor replies

AWESOME!  I THINK I can handle all of the following with the possible exception of #5 (I AM A WOMAN YOU KNOW….it’s a standard feature, however I will try to keep it down to a low roar!!)  Bumpy rides I don’t mind (driving over cliffs I don’t care for)…I love taking pictures almost as much as I love sharing them.  ….this isn’t just about 4-wheelin’ though is it?  I didn’t care for it (crawling over rocks) just for the sake of doing it…I want to see the sites of the state.

If you haven’t checked out the wolf preserve near Florrisant…that is pretty cool. (Hwy 24 W, mile marker 272). I’ve taken a couple of folks there and they enjoy it. I’ve included a couple of pix.

Is there somewhere close by to see Buffalo? I’ve been horseback riding on the Air Force Academy and a friend thinks she can get me in to Garden of the Gods as a regular group…  should be fun.  I have driven up and around Cripple Creek and Gold Camp Road…I do love it out that way…it’s very pretty!  I’ll have to try Phantom Canyon…sounds great!

Yes, I am in the Springs and I LOVE being here in Colorado…I’m never moving again!!

Mike –Your trips sound fun and I am looking forward to whatever you dream up that I can tag along with- I hung up my uniform officially in 1999, but still have to be part of “the family”.  You sound like you were “family” at some point yourself!

There’s nothing else like it!  No one has ever “thanked” me before, I just don’t know how to respond…awe shucks…yer welcome (I guess will hafta do…and thanks for letting me!!)

I’m looking forward to meeting you and your family…they sound delightful!

See ya in a couple of weeks, –and have a GREAT Father’s Day (and yes, I’ve already taken care of the Cool Dude that’s taken care of me)!!!

A viewer writes – WOW! What a web page. I’ve been traveling to ghosttowns for many years, mostly Colorado, some in New Mexico, Idaho, Wyoming and Montana. Been to several of Ken Jessen’s appearances around Northern Colorado, use his book ‘Railroads of Northern Colorado’ to chase ghost railroads (Fallen Flags). Don’t get around so much anymore, I’m 82 years young now.
Keep up the good work. It is A PEARL OF GREAT PRICE to have the info available.
Thanks for all  you do
Dan Kube

Seasons Greeting Mike:

Thank you so much for copying me with your holiday e-mail.  I also thank you for creating and maintaining the web page that includes historic sites located in Colorado, but especially for having a section that pertains to Tiger.  I am grateful that you allowed my posting about my life in Tiger to remain on your web page.  Making the posting was very cathartic for me.  If you would like, I will convert a couple of black and white photos in a jpeg format that my mother took while we lived in Tiger (circa 1958-1960) and will e-mail them to you for your consideration of including on your web page.  I will provide descriptive captions.

I also will purchase a copy of the book referenced in your e-mail and will donate it to my employer (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service) Employee Library.  I have been a senior level manager for the past 22 years.  I travel frequently and was in Lakewood, CO for a few days of business last week.  I never venture away from Denver because I do not want to degrade the mental photo album of the Arapaho National Forest and surrounding area that is housed in my head.

I think that your hobby is unique and that it contributes to a segment of American History that will be instructive and inform future generations.  My hat is off to you Mike.  As a young boy, I used by stepfather’s surname “Stec.”  However, when I joined the Army at the age of 17, I revert back to my legal birth surname “Perez.”  My friend just call me Dana.

I very much appreciate that you took time to communicate with me.  Until next time, Happy Holidays Mike from a friend and fan in Gresham, Oregon.


Subject: Apex-Gilpin County


I was doing research on the Internet on Apex, CO when I came across your website. I have just been assigned to do a case study on cleaning up the Apex mine site located in Apex near Central City. The project involves permanently sealing the mine openings in the area and correctly removing or covering any mine tailings still on the site in order to minimize water contamination coming from this site. All surface buildings will most likely remain intact unless they pose an environmental threat. Since I have just been assigned this project I haven’t actually been up to the site yet. I am very familiar with the Gilpin and Clear Creek county areas, however the information for this particular area is somewhat limited and I have yet to meet with the Clear Creek Watershed Foundation for specific information. Could you tell me how to get to this area from I-70 or Hwy 6? Your help would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks for you time.


Mining Department

Colorado School of Mines

Subject: RE: Apex-Gilpin County

For a small fee I will take you there. (Only kidding) Several easy ways to get there. I will give you a couple. Just be careful on the gravel roads this time of year as the altitude along with the snow pack can make for some hazardous driving. I took a tourist up there in December of last year and it freaked them out as I had to use four wheel drive and bust through some snowdrifts. There are people living in Apex as well as homes scatted along Pine Creek so unless you go immediately after a snow storm the road should be cleared to Apex. This time of year you will most likely have to come out the way you went in. In the summer there are some really nice camp grounds in the area and several more scenic ways to get there. One of the biggest mines is on the road leading out of Apex to the north. This time of year it may not be cleared.

Assuming you are starting from Golden I would take US 6 to 119 towards Black Hawk/ Central City.

When you get to Black Hawk you have a choice to make.

1 – You can either go thru Black Hawk / Central city following Eureka Street in Central City past the old Opera House and Teller house. You will exit Central City north west of town on a gravel road that will take you to Apex. Just follow Eureka street and when you get to the top by the cemeteries the road forks, (there are three cemeteries at the top of a hill) follow the road on your right, usually marked CC3, or Apex Valley RD and it leads to Apex. As you come to Rd 4 turn left. or

2 Continue on 119 until you get to Road 4, also known as Apex Valley RD, this road runs parallel to Pine Creek. It should be about 2 miles past Black Hawk. Turn left and follow the gravel road into Apex. Probably an additional 5 miles to Apex. If you go past Missouri Lakes on 119 you missed your turn.

If this doesn’t help I can meet you in Black Hawk some time and lead you there. I would like to read anything you plan to produce as a case study as I am always interested in these old sites and any history or interesting stories you may uncover. At least you don’t have to do the Summitville site.

THANKS for the interest in my web site. Pass it on.


Thank you very much for your help, it is greatly appreciated. I will be sure to send you a copy of my case study after its completion. My team and I will be working on this issue over the next few months and will most likely be finished around late April. I will keep you up to date as we progress with our findings. Once again thank you.

Wow! Thank you so much for all the useful info. I’m coming from Dallas, TX. I have a few weeks off between Spring semester and Summer in early June. I’ve spent a lot of time camping in Colorado, but never any further SW than Crested Butte/Gunnison. I don’t have a real agenda laid out as of yet, still working on that. I’ve got all the camping gear that I need, but imagine that I’ll also spend a couple nights in a B&B in Silverton or Telluride.

I’ll look over the map and try to figure out which area will work out best. And thank you again. The info you sent is going to help tremendously and I really appreciate the suggestions.

No problem I enjoy sharing my favorite State and sites with people.

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 4×4 together in those big old mountains.

love you,

PS–can you remind me how to zip files again? I need to be able to do that to put together my book. Thanks!

I could not agree with you more.

Men in tights……………what a good laugh,  have not seen that photo for awhile.  Good timing, although the boys are not in wrestling this year  the Wabasso Rabbits TEAM is going to state for the first time and 10  individuals also are going (almost unheard of having that many form one school.

nice to see the photo again,    I have no idea who the other person is in the “guess who” photo.

Love the monthly updates



Hi Mike,

I loved the chapel pictures and actually enjoyed all of them. I forwarded a picture to an Arizona cousin of the bighorn sheep. Her husband worked for the forestry service for many years and had written a book about the sheep so she has a special interest in them. She wondered about the location where the pictures were taken. A national park or some place else. They are really excellent pictures and appear to be taken fairly close up.

I check your site fairly often and also enjoy the family pictures and the funnies.

Again, thanks.


Your Welcome

Hi Mike, spoke with you last week about getting info. on Hidden Valley Church.  Still looking for a great place for a wedding. Could you give me info. on who I would contact to take a look at the church to see if it would work for us.  Thanks so much for your help.  The church sounds like exactly what I am looking for!

Have a good day!



Hope the wedding is a joyous event. Also the honeymoon and the marriage.

Check out this web site and it will provide lots of details. Hope it works for you.


Carl: (Alias Rocky, Alias Mike)

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

I will forgive you misspelling CLEATOR.

Yea, you are right I will suck some poor easterner into taking the road out of Mexican Hat and down off the rim to the water. Just waiting for the right sucker. Last troops I sent that way ran into a deer, and saw a bear standing in the middle of the road. The bear managed to get out of the way in time.


The next time someone asks for info on a nice pristine place to visit (referring to the Sedona request) you should recommend Cleator AZ. I feel quite sure it will be nearly the same as it was 30 years ago.  I suspect that Raymond and Charlie are long gone as well as the sheep dip tanks. Good place to get gas anyway.


You are absolutely correct. As a matter of fact that is exactly where I sent them. After they visited Cleator they went on to Crown King and Jerome. The next time I saw them the wife was mad, and the kids and Dad were smiling. At least some of them enjoyed the trip. Read the story of my last experience in Cleator.



This (your February Collage – Stuck in the snow) is about your going to “look” for snow to get stuck in.

My question is WHY?  I have to drive through this crap daily to just go to work or to even get down my driveway.


Why do you think I live in Colorado instead of Minnesota? DUH!


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.

Thanks, again, for all the driving around you and Mike did for us–especially with your foot still in recovery.  We really do/did appreciate it as both of us and the girls had a great time!  I don’t think they’ll EVER forget this trip!!!  And neither will we!

Mannie/James/ and girls

Comments – Glad to have you visit and be our guest, next time don’t wait 10 years to do it again. The chipmunks will starve.

Just had to tell you that I took a smaller piece of marble to the dental office and put it under a rag wheel with some pumice.  It cleaned up real well.  Then later I thought about putting it in denture cleaner and into the ultrasound.  Boy did that do the job!  The marble is snow white.  It is really pretty.

Thought I would pass this really important information along.


Comments – Some people will do anything- Actually sounds like at neat idea. Just hope she doesn’t put your dentures in with it.

Original request:


I need to pick your brain a little.  We are planning to take a vacation to Sedona AZ. from the 6 – 15 June.  I know you spend some time in AZ and was wondering if you know anything about that area.

How far are the kids from there?  Any chance of seeing them?  I think I’ve got Tina’s e-mail right but do not have Spikes.  I also do not have an address for either one so do not know where they live.

Any feedback would be appreciated.



Sedona is about 100 miles North from Phoenix. Spike lives on the north side of Phoenix so he is closer to Sedona. Tina lives in the South East suburbs (Higley) so she is probably another 30-40 miles from Sedona depending on how you get there.

Not sure what you plan to do or see in Sedona or why you would pick Sedona to spend 10 days. It used to be a rather quaint place to visit. A small town, friendly atmosphere with great scenery if you knew where to go looking. The last time I was there, last year 2002, I was disappointed. It had gotten extremely overcrowded and I would describe it as completely losing the once pristine beauty and old west charm. Sort of reminded me of many of the other places in Arizona that have gotten overrun with tourist, fast buck operators, get rich quick scams, big money etc. You probably don’t understand at all what I mean. I have seen this happen before. A place like Sedona becomes “popular” because of some of the areas special features. (Scenery, location, history etc.) So it becomes a place all the “big money people” want to go. Pretty soon all the people want to go there.

Now you have all the stuff that comes with that growth.

bullet Family style restaurants are replaced with fast food restaurants.

bullet Old cabins by the creek and lot’s of camping spots are replaced with Motels and no parking signs.

bullet Single lane dirt roads leading into Sedona (and Oak Creek Canyon) are replaced with highways (still single lane) Now just really congested.

bullet 10 cars a day into the area replaced with 10,000 cars a day.

bullet Old timers replaced by Snot nosed kids and their big money parents

bullet Trails you could explorer by yourself are replaced with “guided tours.”

bullet Primitive areas are now “sacred native American” areas and are off limits to tourists without a guide.

bullet Friendly bars with friendly people that grew up there and appreciate the beauty and history are replaced with “upscale, hip Sports bars owned by people that only care about profits and frequented by the likes of Barbara Streisand.

bullet Old general stores replaced by “Art Galleries”

bullet Slide Rock open to the public and only a few people knew about it is now replaced with our great BLM and State Parks control with no  @#%# signs all over the place and lines of people waiting to use it.

Other then these items it is a great place to go. Where else can you see great scenery while being trampled by thousands of like minded souls?

I would recommend going to Cleator AZ instead.  (I don’t think he will listen to me cause I think his wife really likes Barbara.)

Original request.

Ok, Mike – since I didn’t have a chance to talk to you when I called, you just missed out!!  I thoroughly enjoyed my short visit to Colorado the 1st of April.  Driving the back way up to Estes Park, I found the chapel at St Malo, which I had previously visited – it’s called St Katherine’s Chapel, by the way!!  The chapel I want to know about is in your archived site – and Katie took the picture.  Under the heading it tells of having to use 4×4’s to get to the chapel – no cars could make it.   Where is this chapel located???

Thanks for the info!




If your trip took you across the Peak to Peak highway (Colorado 72) between Estes Park and Nederland you went right past it. It is on the east side of the road at Peaceful Valley. If you look up above the guest ranch you will see it sitting on the top of a small peak. It was owned and operated by the guest ranch when I went to it. They would not let you drive up to it. They would however take you to it in their 4X4s or on horseback. I was invited to a wedding in the chapel otherwise I would not have gotten into it. Even the Bride and Groom had to ride in an open 4X4 to get there.

TAKE care

PS – How did the 35th party go for Barb & Lloyd?

Original request.

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!!




Thanks for the feedback. I appreciate it. Out of curiosity what part of Colorado and where did you come from? Joan and I moved here in 1983 from Minnesota. After a few short months here we decided this was home. We have lived in AZ, CA, CO, IA, MN etc..

My jeep is a little older, 1998 – 60K miles runs great. Told my daughter I was going to give it to her next year. Good excuse for me to buy a new one.

Hope you do have some Family pics to take soon also. When you get some little ones make sure you keep them away from Joan. She has a habit of loving all little kids and taking care of almost anyone’s when they decide they need a break. We are the only “old” people in the neighborhood that have a basement full of kid’s toys, and a back yard full of kids outside toys but no kids at home. I even have sleds, bikes, sandboxes, tree house, slides etc.

Original request.

Can you remember the name of the purple rocks that we got in the mountains?  It was in a quarry.  That particular day it was lighting out, and we saw a fire start.  Joe is doing a project in school.  He needs the name of the rocks and where he got it.  If you can help that would be great.




I guess I can help. Not sure how much info he wants as there is lot’s of history in that old town and the mineral is also pretty important. I also don’t want to do his work for him. (i.e. his research) so I will just give you bits and pieces.

Where we were:

Jamestown (Boulder County) Colorado. Jamestown is positioned 40.11 degrees north of the equator and 105.38 degrees west of the prime meridian.

The town, today, is relatively small. I would estimate about 250 people. Jamestown is one of the oldest mining camps in Colorado . It was there before some of the more famous gold and silver strikes were made. The first cabin built at the site was around the 1860 by a George Zweck who worked the area for several years before some galena was found and the first rush began. About 400 miners populated the area but the boom lasted only three years and Jamestown was all but deserted for the next ten years. The second boom began in 1875 when some rich gold float was found. Up until 1915, the Jamestown district produced more than five million dollars in gold, silver, lead, copper and fluorspar. The latter mineral became important during the first World War and another fluorspar boom occurred during the second World War. The town had two large hotels, along with churches (we saw this) and a school, saloons, dance halls, gambling halls and parlor houses.

What you have: Fluorspar (you probably guessed by now).

The fluorite was in exposed veins that we found throughout the rock face of the old mining hole we were climbing around in.  It was in a brittle, easy to break, rock base material. That is what Joe was picking up.

Hope That helps.

This is a copy of a recent correspondence from a prospective client. Not a testimonial but it is interesting. Testimonials follow this correspondence.

Original request

Hello Mike,

The highest peak in Colorado is Mount Elbert in the Sawatch Range at 14,433 ft. I would like to be on the summit two years from now. August 22, 2004 which happens to be the twentieth anniversary of reporting for active duty in the US Army. I am interested in a quote on what it would cost me to get there and any advice you would care to offer.

If Rocky Mountain Profiles is interested in the booking the trip, please let me know. It looks like a 6 to 8 hour climb up.

Sincerely,  Joe


Quite honestly I would rather drive to the top of Mt Evans. It is a hell of a lot easier and the hike from the parking lot to the summit (14,264 Feet) is a LOT shorter. What is a mere 169 feet higher really worth. That is about as far as you have to hike from the parking lot.

Ask Pat/Julie and kids to tell you about where they saw the baby Mountain Sheep. Also ask the boys why they got a little dizzy and nauseated when they hopped out of the car and started running. (Tell people all the time that the altitude will bother them – but nobody listens)

We went there a couple years ago in July. Started in sunshine, drove through rain, sleet and finally snow. By the time we got to the top there was about 4 inches of snow on the ground.

But then again if your heart is set on Mount Elbert it will cost you a grand ($1000) a day per person for my services. (does that give you an idea how anxious I am to climb that SOB) Of course that grand a day/person does include room and board for two days.


Hello Mike,

Kelly and the kids would enjoy Mt Evans but the additional 169 feet is the difference between the highest point and the fourteenth highest peak in Colorado. Anything worth doing is worth doing right and settling for something less would bother me the rest of my life.

Don’t feel obligated, Kelly and the kids look forward to visiting Colorado again in two years and the Mt Elbert thing would involve only me. The 190 mile drive from Niwot, a motel in Twin Lakes, and the hike could be managed easily by myself. Your company would be enjoyed if you are up to the challenge, haven’t been booked already and it’s worth the thousand a day for Rocky Mountain Profiles.

Judging from the logs and pictures it is hiked constantly by everyone from ten-year-olds to old ladies.

I’m curious to know if you’ve been there before and look forward to seeing you in two years if not sooner. Maybe by then I’ll be cashing large royalty checks and we could take the company car (Klann Research and Development, LLC) which would be a dark gray Hummer.

Sincerely,  Joe


Some people just never are satisfied. Just to forewarn you. Don’t believe everything you read on the web site about people climbing Mt Elbert. At these altitudes, in good shape, you will still be stopping every 100 to 200 feet to rest and catch your breathe on the way up.

I’ll go but it will cost you.

Mike I liked the site. I’m a little slow so that’s why it took me so long to check it out!   or maybe, I’m the working wife?

It was Great! Makes me want to go for a ride. Maybe next time we stop in to EAT!!

Love Ya

Comments- Some people will do anything for a free lunch.

Good Morning, Mike –

I work in Algona with Barb, & she shared your web site with me.  Funny how those of us who love the mountains live in other places!! I do have a daughter in Denver, and DO plan to live in Colorado one day – I am looking into the Rocky Mountain Botanical Center in Boulder, and one day will get into the alternative healing arts.

Thanks for the web-site – whenever I get homesick for the mountains, I’ll return to it for my “mountain fix”!!


Comments – Damn, more people wanting to move into my state.

Dear Guide,

I feel a little sorry for those greedy tourists you left at the mine. I just might be able to find a little sausage to feed them. I’ll make sure it’s brought along next trip! The vaguely concerned wife,

Art and Dawn Rohlik Wood Product Specialties

Comments – Don’t worry I came back about a week later and picked them up.

Hey Mike

This tourist would love to see the chapel! Next time? Maybe?

Comments – Got lots of Money? You will need it for this trip.

In reference to the recent ” Old West Award”  Congratulations on the award, Mikey. I know the considerable time and work and love you put into this site and it shows. You done good!!!


Your the one who did all of the great work …smile.  And it is a fantastic site !!!!

Congratulations !!!!!

Larry (In Casa Grande, AZ)

Way to go Mike

Yea to ya, I see no reason why you should not receive the award. Your site shows a lot of us Colorado types what’s up der in dem der hills.

Congratulations, It is a beautiful site. I continue to be impressed


A viewer writes – On Fri, Apr 5, 2019 at 8:43 AM kp hutch  wrote:  – Hello, Thank you for your comprehensive website!  As a transplant from the east coast, I am eager to see as much as possible of the beautiful west.  Your photos and the accompanying information have added many new places to my wishlist!  – Please, tell me where the photo that is your opening shot was taken…I’m guessing Colorado, but would like to know for sure. Thank you again,  Kim

Albuquerque, NM and Durango, CO

Rocky Responds – Kim, THANKS for visiting the site. I appreciate the visits.

That photo was taken at the old town of Crystal. It is a picture of the Crystal power plant. It is often called the Crystal Mill. It was used to generate power while they were mining marble in the nearby mountains. Go here to see more.  https://www.rockymountainprofiles.com/Crystal%20CO.html  

I noticed a Durango in your signature. If you live there you are about 200 miles South of Crystal. Easy roads until you get to Marble and then it becomes 4×4.

If you are interested in Colorado Ghost towns look up Kenneth Jessen’s books on Colorado Ghost towns. He published at least five all dedicated to a different area of the state. Or get the latest one, Colorado’s 100 Best Ghost Towns. Yes, I did help him with the book and he has used my photos. We go hunting ghost towns together sometimes. My Jeep can go where his vehicle can’t.

In full disclosure I get nothing from his books. So, don’t worry that I am trying to sell you something. I had gathered numerous books on Colorado, Colorado History and Colorado Ghost towns. They led me to many dead ends or bad information. When I discovered his books, they were a God send as they had current and accurate information including directions.

Kim says – Thank you!  I will check those books out… 🙂

Hereford  – The mystery houses has a Chicago connection.

It started out innocent enough.

On Thu, Nov 29, 2018 at 1:41 PM Lisa Temkin wrote: – It was John Van Bergen, the architect that built these buildings. We believe he was hired by someone that owned or inherited the property but lived here in Chicago. Van Bergen was born and raised in Oak Park, IL, where Frank Lloyd Wright lived, and their mothers were friends.

Van Bergen built many very fine examples of Prairie Style buildings, mostly residences, but also schools, multi-family buildings and one commercial building in my town, HIghland Park, Illinois. I went to Braeside School in Highland Park, designed by Van Bergen, and then bought the VB house that I’ve lived in for 24 years. The buildings in Hereford are definitely the Prairie Style! Please send more historic photos or anything that substantiates any of the info about Hereford!

Rocky responds. – Lisa, I would like to post your comments in both the guest book and the Hereford page. But I only do that with your permission. Your information is useful and I know several people would appreciate seeing it.

Lisa Temkin, writes – Michael, I’ve been reading all kinds of info about Hereford and can see there are several connections to Chicago. The article from the Aug. 12, 1976 paper Town & Country News has an article written by Andy Beck (I looked him—he’s passed away). He was correct that the Hereford Inn and other buildings in the area were built by an architect that was one of the “Chicago 18” Prairie School guys….Van Bergen was the last architect in Chicago to work for FLW, but FLW is the only name most people know. There were many creative and good architects that worked in the style and were part of the “18”. I could give you tons and tons of info on all that and specifically on John Van Bergen. VB’s daughter, Nancy, told biographer, Marty Hackl, that she and her mother (and one of Nancy’s sons) drove to Hereford en route from Chicago to California. She was able to recall 4 buildings that her dad had built—the Inn, Hereford School, post office and town hall. I know the Inn still exists—Van Bergen buildings are very well built!

You’re welcome to post any of the info I’ve provided. I can also send you photos of other buildings from the Chicago area that look similar to those in Hereford. There are dead giveaway elements that make VB structures easily identifiable, at least to those of us that know the work. Deep eaves, brick, stucco, wood—all organic materials and natural/organic colors (found in nature). The buildings would be very well sited—VB considered views from windows, relationship to street, neighbors, nature, etc. Also look for details in chimneys. Chimney massing is large, brick and sometimes have patterns in the brick at the top. Chimneys never are on front facade of structures. There is very little—if any—decorative detailing—all part of the American style, no European influenced details. Buildings feel very horizontal by using board and batten, stucco, lots of windows—all strategically placed and consistent in size and proportion. Many of the houses/buildings have built in furniture—in dining rooms, living rooms, etc. All the Chicago buildings have red quarry tiles at the entrances—kind of Van Bergen’s signature. The red color is a color found in nature, like all the colors VB used. I could go on and on, but feel free to use any of this info and if you want additional photos just let me know. I’m working on tracing a Hereford family from one of the photos I received with the last name Small. They were from Illinois. Van Bergen’s sister, Jessie, married a man named Herbert Small. I’m trying to track down if Herbert was the brother of Ara Small (married to Hattie, child Ila). So use what you like. Questions??


Rocky Responds –  WOW THANKS a lot as I will post all to the web site. Just don’t be impatient as this is my hobby and that means I work on my hobbies when the chance arrives. Sort of a “I will get around to it” Hope you understand. I am ready to leave for the mountains in a few minutes so it will be awhile.

Lisa – says  – Michael,I understand you’ve got a life and staying on top of hobbies like yours, well, it can be very time-consuming! It’s like researching old buildings and the path is seldom direct!

I did want to ask you if you know whether or not the Colorado SHPO knows about the Hereford Inn and the three other Van Bergen Prairie Style buildings. I’ve reached out to the NAPC, National Alliance for Preservation Commissions. They have people that do trainings on assessing historic structures, etc. The SHPO, State Historic Preservation Office, are the people in each state that help property owners receive tax benefits for renovating, restoring or repurposing historic structures that meet all the tax freeze criteria and thresholds, etc. (that’s a very long other story). But I wanted to let the NAPC and SHPO people know about the buildings in Hereford. I’m quite sure there are very few if any docs that would point to Van Bergen. Maybe docs or drawings were left inside the buildings—that’s not uncommon. In attics, walls, etc.

The Hereford Inn was purchased 2 years ago by a private owner and that person COULD POTENTIALLY get some benefits for renovation (the Inn looks like it was uninhabitable as it was) so someone should reach out to the owner! Hopefully it’s not too late! When a building is renovated and the owner applies for the tax benefit renovation standards must be met and the building must be renovated following guidelines, keeping integrity, etc.

Do you any anything about who’s aware of the existence of the buildings other than people that might drive by them or live in the area? Anyone “official”? Where do you live, exactly?

I’ve also pieced together that one  of the articles I received mentioned an architect that worked for FLW whose name began with an S and he spoke German. I’m pretty sure it was Rudolph Schindler, a very important architect in his own right. Worked here in Chicago for FLW and was from Vienna before coming to Chicago. Schindler went on to have a very successful career in Los Angeles. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rudolph_Schindler_(architect)

Hope to hear from you, even if you can’t get the info on your website for awhile!


Rocky Helps out a little – FYI maybe this helps  – Although my contacts at Colorado SHPO are all long gone perhaps you can help me direct Lisa in the right direction. Please read her note below. Thank you Michael, I’ll refer Lisa to staff that can best assist her.

Office of Archaeology and Historic Preservation- History Colorado – 1200 Broadway  – Denver CO, 80203

Lisa says – Mike, I thought I’d give you the latest info on the Prairie Style buildings in Hereford. Thanks to the Weld County Research Center and someone at the History Colorado Center in Denver, I’ve identified the four buildings that Chicago architect John Van Bergen built. We’ll be traveling to Denver/Greeley/Hereford in April. I’m hoping to have accumulated enough info by then to give copies of everything to the people who’ve helped me dig this stuff up.

Next step is reaching out to potential family members of the original owners and try to find permits from the mid-19-teens. W. H. Werder is the person that hired Van Bergen to design and build the structures in Hereford. VB had designed a house for Werder here in Chicago—in Oak Park, actually. I believe Findelson was also from Chicago. I’ve uncovered some very interesting tidbits. We’d like to be able to contact the current owners of each of the properties and perhaps see interiors. Here’s the James Irving House that’s now in Evanston, Illinois. Looks like the Hereford Inn, right?  

I’ve learned that permits don’t exist and in county records—I mean permits to build buildings, etc. Original tax records may tell me who the original owners were of the properties. I think going to the articles I received from the Weld County research people might offer the most insight to people who lived in Hereford around the early teens into 1920’s. I’ll find the names of people quoted in the articles I have and see if I can trace anyone from those names (obits usually have info about surviving relatives). Sometimes people get lucky and the relatives have letters or old photos etc, but I’m not expecting that kind of luck! Still, I’ll do the research and try to find people.

I’ve got the names of the current owners of each of the buildings, but not sure that the owners live in the buildings. One building is owned by an organic farm so I know I can reach someone there. If I can see the interiors of the buildings and have a good luck at exteriors, I think we’ll know that they’re Van Bergen buildings, but it won’t provide primary source documentation. It’s not unusual to find drawings or blueprints in attics, basements and walls. If we can speak to the owners and ask if they’ve found anything it could help. It appears that each of the buildings have been owned by the current owners for many years. Some look to have been inherited from family members…..so it does increase the chance of a document, letter or anecdote, but it’s really a crap shoot!

I’ll give you more specifics on our travel plans. I don’t want to ask you to go to Hereford unless you’re going there for another reason. I can call the organic farmer, but even if you knocked on doors of the other properties, I’m not sure you’d find anyone home.

Will keep you posted! Thanks for all your help!

I can give you the addresses…… Hereford Inn is owned by Sandra Reeve (according to tax records)

The old school is 67300 Circle Dr. The school building and Inn are very similar in style, materials, colors, etc. They’ll be easy to identify. There’s a storage building at the organic farm that is one story with a low pitched roof, a long rectangular building. I’ll send photos that I’ve found. I’m guessing that this could be the 4th building. The third photo is either the school or the Inn. I can’t tell from this photo. The first photo below is my friend’s house….built in 1919 (I think) and is here in Chicago—in Evanston. You can see the similarity between this house—the James Irving House—and the Hereford Inn.

The list of owners is in my office, but I can send later. All the buildings are visible from one another. I’ve seen them on the GIS map on the Weld County site.

If you need Lisa’s contact info to help her in her search, here you go –

Lisa Temkin, M.S.
Global Educational Consultants
660 De Tamble Ave.
Highland Park, IL  60035
T:  847.644.6673
F:  847.266.1077

Roy Wilson Mon, Feb 4, 12:24 PM writes My grandfather (A. C. Wilson) and grandmother (Leah?) homesteaded there. She died in 1919 (if memory serves) during the Flu epidemic. The story was that A. C. went to work in Greeley and brought back the flu. My father (Roy) was five, and my aunt (Monnie) was twelve. Being the oldest girl, the responsibility for taking care of the children fell largely on her. The consequences of Leah’s death were. not surprisingly, significant.

My wife and I visited Keota in the mid-1970s.  It was a very eerie experience. – Roy W Wilson, Analyst

On Jan 31, 2019, 10:16 PM Tom & Jean wrote – I am the 2nd son of Elmer and Emma Anderson. Grew up in 3 story apartment building on Moffat street. Attended Oak Creek (Union) Schools, graduated in 1953. Two brothers; Elmer Jr. born 1934, and Roy born 1937. All Oak Creek Grads. Dad was a coal miner in most of the local mines, finished as oiler on the Monigan drag line in the open pit mine. I recognize most of the scenes in the pictures. Don’t know why the school, Stetson Merc., and Anderson apartments (among others) are missing. The ranch house of Louis Rossi is my uncle.

I now live in Tucumcari, NM.   Door is open to friends.  Tom

On Thu, Feb 7, 2019 at 7:27 PM Carmin Rosebrough wrote – My parents, sister Janet and I, lived in Jimtown from about 1934 until around 1939, but visited closest family friends frequently for more than 18 years. Florence and Everett Walker and daughter Delores “Skip” Walker Dalton; Genevieve and Ray Imel & sons, Ray and Don; Edith and Hank Ernst and daughter, Arlene, until they moved to Alaska to seek gold.

We lived in the 3-room house across the creek from the church and my parents bought five acres down the road from the schoolhouse on the upper hill. They sold the 5 acres to Delores “Skip” Walker Dalton and her husband and they built a nice house on this land. As a teenager my sister and I, with 2 of our friends, camped on this beautiful spot for a week. I occasionally spent weekends with my friend, Joan Mumford, whose parents owned the store at that time.  My fondest memories are of Jimtown and the wonderful family friends we knew there.  Carmin Schulz Rosebrough

Andi Hallberg Mon, Jan 7, 12:20 PM writes –  I am so happy to see the pictures you have here for Wild Horse. My grandfather, Walter Roesner and several great uncles and aunts were born there. Their house burned down in the fire as well. My great aunt tells the story of her parents being gone and she and her sister had to drag their grandma out of the house. She had a bit of dementia and didn’t understand and didn’t want to go. Apparently, the parents could see the fire in the distance and didn’t know if the girls would be alive by the time they got there. They ended up moving to Denver afterwards.

As an fyi…my great grandparents are buried on the JOD ranch out there.

A viewer writes On Fri, Nov 23, 2018 at 11:28 AM Angela McConville  wrote: I would like to contact the person who wrote the article about last chance. Please Angela

Rocky replies –  I am not sure whom you want to contact as there are numerous entries from visitors on the Last Chance Page. I  am the one that entered the data for the site but I gathered the data from others. So, a little more information and perhaps I can help.

THANKS again. I came across Last Chance as I was a test driver for Roush Industries and they sent me out to the plains of Colorado to test a vehicle.

Angels responds – Thanks Michael, What a fun job you had! My mom moved from that area to southern California, so I am trying to get more info about her time there. Either my grandmother or my aunt ran the diner. The post that mentioned the people from the 50’s would have been about right. I will have to look again at the post. My brother and I went to last chance and a farm that my mom’s family owned in the area. My mom had a boyfriend, actually a fiancé before she ran off with my dad. Being there sure made me know why she would want to leave but I would like more info about people she knew etc… she has passed and never gave us a history.  Angela

A viewer writes October 7th 2018 – Fulford Colorado,  I used to stay up there year around mid 90’s in a cabin built by Jack Regan, built in the the 70’s. No electricity running water. Just roughed it, snowmobile in every night and out in the morning for work. The Turgeons I believe were the only others staying year around then so winter company was scarce but pleasant. The old pot belly stove and wood cook stove sure burned a pile of wood each year for heat. Summer evenings were enjoyed on 4×4 trails watching wildlife drinking beer and cutting fire wood. The old beaver ponds just a short hike from the cabin was an awesome fishing spot till the Beavers left. Jack had left s couple cases of old home brewed apple beer old Harvey brewed and bottled some years before in old Grolsh bottles, the soot in the bottom was about 3 inches think. 1 bottle was all you needed if you could check it down. A lot of wonderful memories from Fulford. Need to take a trip back and look around to see all the changes since then.

A viewer writes an update on Boyero – Septmber 9th 2018 –  The lager white stone type house next to a large barn was originally the livery stable.  My grandfather, William Michael Cullen, bought the land from someone named Williams in the late 30s or early 40s, and then it was eventually owned by my father.  My parents bought the smaller more modern looking home next door to what was the Davis home.  And I believe that they bought it from the Davis family.  My mother indicated that Brad Davis had lived there for a time before they bought it.  If John Davis’s mother spoke German to someone living next door, that person likely was my grandmother who came to live with us after my grandfather died. John’s mother loved to crochet and my grandmother knitted or mended.  They sometimes sat on the porch of the Davis home and visited while doing needle work.  When I overheard them talking they spoke in English, but I know my grandmother also spoke some German.  I just barely remember John Davis’ father.  I remember his mother well and his brother Brad.  His sister Millie’s daughter was around my age and that of my sisters.  Her vistis to her grandmothe were  always a welcome change from otherwise what seemed very long and isolating summers.

Tom and Elsie McClain lived in the stucco house with the green roof  until he retired from the State Highway.  The Randolph family then purchased it and lived there for many years; she served the Post Mistress and he worked on the railroad. For many years, the post offiec was one of the older and more distinguished looking wood buildings now collapsed.  The little white building (not sure when it was placed there) served as post office for a time.  After USPS  closed it, Bette Kay Emmerling (nee Davis, but different family from the John Davis who has posted on the site) opened an antique/gift type shop for a time.

Two of my sisters and I attended Boyero School until it was consolidated into the Hugo Schools as I entered 6th grade. My sister Mary attended school only in Hugo

Joanna Cullen – jfoxcullen@gmail.com  

 A viewer writes On Wed, Sep 5, 2018  I went on your web site today.  tried to leave a message but it would  not take it.  I am just beginning my search for information on my Dad.  He was born in Buckingham in 1915.  both his parents died in the  1918 flu.  If you have any more information I would be very happy,.       Sherry Simpson – sherrylsimpson@gobrainstorm.net

Rocky responds – Sherry,  Thanks for visiting my site and leaving a note. I appreciate the visits. I am afraid I do not have much historical background on Buckingham. If I was to begin a search for Buckingham and relatives I would definitely go to the  Denver Public library and the Historical society. Both have good online research capabilities and if you live in Denver area you can easily spend a  day there talking to  the curators that are always willing to help with  research. Old newspapers, death records, cemetery records, city records, and city directories are usually available. I have found them to contain much information.  If you give me permission I will post your note on the Buckingham page and there is an outside chance someone will respond. You may also want to visit that page again and write or email to some of the people that have  responded in the past.

A viewer writes July 15th 2018 – My Great Grandfather William Caginell Scott, his fiancé and later wife, Mary Johnson and his brother Andrew Rubideaux Scott worked and had some investment in the Lamartine mine in Colorado. My estimate is they were involved between 1875 and 1897. My grandfather Jerome was William and Mary’s first child and he was born in 1898. In 1902 they moved by wagon to Morton, Washington and Chehalis, WA with several other family members including their parents William and Henrietta (Etta) Dunston Scott from Blue Rapids, Kansas, some of Etta’s brothers and Williams’ sister Nancy and Phil Mahar and their family. Much of the family was involved in logging in Washington state.

I am interested in getting a 4×4 tour up to the mine in mid-August 2018, before our family reunion this year in Blue Rapids, KA. If you have anyone to recommend helping me get there. I would appreciate that. I will be flying to Denver from Seattle, WA.   Marianne (Scott) Lincoln  Marianne26435@gmail.com

Rocky Says – Marianne, Thanks for visiting my site. I appreciate it. The last trip I made to Lamartine was with a young lady from Denmark and her American sponsor.  That was 2 years ago. It is a decent 4×4 road but certainly you need a 4×4. and some good maps. I typically use topo maps. Even google earth will get you there but it can be confusing. A lot will depend on how many are in your group and if anyone has experience driving a 4×4. You can rent  high clearance vehicles like Jeeps and that would easily get you there and back. I typically go in on the Phoenix gold mine road and come out on the Ute highway.

A viewer writes July 10th 2018 – – My grandfather, and possibly his father, and several of my uncles worked in the South London Mine in the 30s and 40s. I know my grandpa, Samuel Bradner Harris, was a carpenter there. My uncles, Ben, Gilbert and son-in-law Albert Gussie show up in the 1930 census as miners. I had a half sister born in 1937, with the name Virginia Dorsey. Would love to share information with anyone having information about Alma and it’s citizens in that time period. You can contact me at nmgarrett@yahoo.com Any information to help me further my search would be appreciated.  Nancy Garrett

A viewer writes Friday June 8 2018 – Hi, my name is Jessica I live in Louisiana. While visiting my sister in Colorado last year (2017) my niece and I did some exploring in Gilman Colorado. Yes I know, we were trespassing. You only live once, right! Something that awesome, I’ll take my chances. I was disappointed and horrified by the vandalism. As we explored, (being careful of course) I felt so many emotions just wondering how it once was. There have been so many things left behind, invoices from New Jersey Zinc Co., x-rays, appliances, machinery, etc. After leaving Gilman, I went through the 200 or so pics I took wondering what each buliding was, who lived in the houses, who worked in the offices. I was hooked, I started doing some research, I can’t find much on what the names of the buildings are (at present) except for maybe the New Jersey offices, mine shaft, bowling alley, dancehall.  I have some questions about some buildings that are still standing. If I can get some info on them it would be greatly appreciated. I can email pictures for identifying and info. Thanks in advance. Also if anyone has pictures before the 1970’s that could be emailed to me would be great. mortonjessicafive@gmail.com

A viewer writes May 7th, 2018 – I am the eldest daughter of William and Anna Cullen and lived in Boyero from 1947 to 1965/66.  My parents remained in the area until my father’s death in 2004.  My father’s uncle owned the JJ Cullen mercantile.  My sisters and I own some of the pictured buildings and grew up in some– I want to make sure that this is where I would make comments and how to join the comment section on Boyero.  I know some of the facts as they were presented to me.

Joanna Cullen – 206-329-8514 -jfoxcullen@gmail.com

A viewer writes April 29th 2018  – Hi, I was looking at the information on Russel Gulch as my family is from the area. I am a descendent of the Turner/Keast line. My great great grandmother was Phillipa Keast and my great great grandfather was James Turner. I have seen a couple of Keast descendants comment. I am just beginning my genealogy journey and would love any history you have. If you can email me at briawoo91@gmail.com that would be so helpful! Briana Woods

A viewer writes – April 27th, 2018 — An obscure folk musician, KAREN DALTON, and her husband, Richard Tucker lived in Summerville for a few years in the 60s. Sadly, Karen, who was a fine musician and singer, never achieved commercial success and died in 1993. Her beautiful music has in the past decade or so seen a rediscovery. The following is a quote from her ex-husband Richard Tucker about their time in Summerville. “I think often of the life Karen and I had in Colorado – it was certainly the best period of our relationship and particularly of living in Summerville… (It) was an old gold mining town and all the old cabins were owned and rented out by an old mountain couple. They lived and looked just like in a western movie. Henry taught me everything there was to know about splitting wood. The house had cold running water, a gas cook stove, a wood and coal stove for heat, and an outhouse. Sitting in the outhouse you had a great view right to the top of Bighorn Mountain. One night I burned the outhouse down. There was a hot coal in the ashes I dumped in the outhouse to “sweeten” it. “We bought two horses and a pony and fenced in an area to keep them in. Karen really knew horses and one of the ones she picked to buy turned out to be the fastest quarter horse in those parts…”


 A viewer writes April 22nd 2018  – In 1968 I traveled  around the USA for the whole summer.  I remember leaving Kremmling and heading for Tiger when I was told that it was abandoned.

It was about 8 miles in on a dirt road. On the right side as I entered the town, was the old mine head. Past the mine head, on the right, were a few abandoned houses.  The walls were half planked and as I explored them, I found a lot of open bills, old shoes and other stuff left behind.

Past them, on the right, was a saw mill and a repair shop for trucks. There were a lot of truck parts still there. Between the road and these buildings there was a deep drainage ditch. On the left side of the road were the older buildings. The very first one had old wall paper crumbling off the walls and the rear of the building had  a bakery attached to  it.

I peeled off some late Victorian wallpaper and underneath was part of the New York Police Gazette from 1885. I could read the article about some Colorado Cuss who was shot by his wife when she found out he had another family somewhere.

The town was completely abandoned when I was there, but still mostly intact. It felt a little spooky but it was a bright sunny and peaceful day. It was years later that I learned it had been burned down because of the “Hippies”. What a loss, but fond memories for me.

Fredrick J. Spector

Steve Castle – Michael,  

Sorry it took so long to get back.  Feel free to post my photos I sent with the conditions you stipulated.   The Grandview Saloon was most appropriately named.  It had the most spectacular view of the Sangre de Cristo Mountain Range. My painting of Midway, Colorado was across the street from the old Grandview Saloon.  If I remember the story correct there was a lady by the name of Maude that lived in it until she died.  Apparently, she moved there after she had gotten smallpox down in Cripple Creek and her face was scarred badly so she didn’t want to be seen.   Midway had the highest street car stop in the world but only a population of about 50-60.  If you can find them Leland Feitz has a number of good short photo books on the Cripple Creek area.  I have also attached photos of some of my paintings of the Victor Cripple Creek area that you can post with a copyright caveat.  They are sized for a website.  Thanks so much for documenting these places. Time has taken its toll on these places and fortunately people like you have taken the time to documenting them 

Steve Castle — www.stevecastlefineart.com

Summitville story

A viewer writes Jan 15th, 2018 –  Hello, I wondered if you had any resources or could point me to history of Summitville, CO?  My Father was a professor at Adams State for 34 years and taught a class about Summitville and there is a story about this class surrounding a local shooting – way back in the day (20s or 30s).

I would like to find out more but cannot.  I would like to find places for my Dad’s research and notes one day – he died last Spring 8 months after my Mother died unexpectedly.   He was an avid historian.

Thank you. Regards, Norma Katherine Carter  – Daughter | Dr. C. Joe and Shirley R. Carter

Rocky Responds   –  Norma, THANKS for visiting my site. I appreciate the visits. I am not sure what you are asking me. Are you saying there is a story, dating back to the 20’s and 30’s, about a shooting in Summitville? That might make sense as in the 30’s they opened Summitville and started to mine the area again. I don’t recall any such stories, but I have not researched it via newspaper reports. Usually when I start looking for evidence I use the History Colorado site and then go to the Denver Public library. Scan the newspapers of the time. Both are excellent resources. I did scan my library of various books, but I did not find any reference to a shooting. I would be interested in his notes and research. Do you have them? or are you looking for them? 

Norma writes – Hello Michael, What I know is my Father taught a class during summers called San Luis Valley History.  A man I know attended this class as he was short about 3 hours to graduate around 1967-67.  Maybe earlier.

My Father had these courses at night once a week and known for sitting on his desk with round toe black cowboy boots.  He was telling class about this shooting when a much older student raised his hand – my Father acknowledged him and the man went on to say that this story was a good one, but it was false.  My Dad asked what he prefaced that comment on and this much older man – very shy – who kept coughing and coughing said “well, I know you are wrong because . . . I was there!”   My Father stopped and told all to circle the chairs and not speak . . . Mr. Knapp had the floor.  He was at this shooting when he was about 5 years old.

My friend (a retired local businessman in Alamosa) – Chuck Owsley – was a star athlete and just desperate to get a couple missing hours to graduate – he says this particular evening was one of best in his life.  I got to thinking about it last night and tried to find out more but came up with nothing.   I will check with Chuck on year, Mr. Knapp and more details.   Mr. Knapp was well into 70’s or even 80s so I may have detail wrong and it could have been in before or early 1900s – I guess I need more details.

Any fun details of a shooting in 1880s or 90s?

I do have a great deal of my Father’s research, class notes, grade books – he did not use a computer but twice and did not like it!  He wrote a history on Zebulon Pike and back in 60s way before GPS and cell phones – got students and friends and recreated the hike through SLV in winter – and disproved the common notion of how/where Pike traveled.

He wrote numerous articles and a book on the history of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Alamosa.  I have the only hardbound copies.  

I have truly not yet even begun to accept he sudden death of my Mom, then my Dad failing and dying 8 months later.  Just now I am barely going through more of their personal affects.  I had to sell their home in Pueblo West – which was a museum in itself.  I wish I did things differently but when in the middle of it – you do what you can… but hopefully I have a lot of his treasured writings and one day find the proper home for them.

My Mother grew up in Pueblo and her Father was a barber there – and I have an antique 1860s Shave/Shoe Shine traveling chair.  Just another treasure.

Hoping that slowing by digging a bit into my Dad’s world it will give me some closure – as coming up on a year in April and again I have zero acceptance of what transpired.

I wish you could have visited with him – he loved to talk history that is for sure.

I will let you know what I find out.  Thanks for reply.  Helps to know people appreciated him/them so much – those who love and pass on history to others such as yourself.

Regards, Norma Katherine

Norma, keep digging and find the closure. I too lost both my parents and often regret not spending more time with them discussing their early lives. My dad passed away 11 years before my mom, so I was lucky in a way. Lucky because I realized how much I missed with my dad, so I was able to spend time listening to my mom’s stories. I especially remember one night when my daughter and I took Mom to a fancy restaurant for dinner. As she was telling the story about her (rascal) brother being arrested for bootlegging she kept looking over her shoulder to see if anyone was listening and she spoke in whispering tones. He was my favorite uncle…. 

Fortunately, my dad had written a short biography of himself as he was the oldest of 11 kids and he shared that with them and his children. I still have his original writings. 

On the mystery of the shooting. I sent a note to a friend of mine who recently published a book “Frontier Colorado Gunfights”. He said he is not aware of any shootings in Summitville as described but that does not mean it did not happen. 

 Stay in touch please and THANKS for visiting my site and writing in. 

A viewer writes March 13th, 2018 – Photo from 1964/1965 Gilman

1st grade, Mrs. Clark was out teacher, I’m the first one in the second row, with Pigtails, my best friend Becky Witthauer is next to me. Hope you can post this. My maiden name was Sandra Asbury, I have always gone by Sandy. 

A viewer writes – Afternoon Mike, I’m once again sending you some stuff on Fierro, NM, specifically two drink tokens for saloons about which I know absolutely nothing.  Perhaps our readers can help us

Best regards for the coming year, Neal Ackerly

November 2017

 To Whom It May Concern:

I want to personally thank Mike Sinnwell for taking the photos of Hereford, Colorado in 2005.  My parents lived there in the 1940’s to 1950.  My only two memories are of the farm where we lived when I was very little and the school house.  I couldn’t attend the school because I was too young, but I was attracted to it by the sound of children voices.  I remember when I tried going in, someone, probably a teacher, took me back outside and left me near the front porch.  I couldn’t understand, and I got angry and pitched a rock through one of the glass panes in the front door.  I know I got in trouble, but don’t remember anything afterwards.  It figures, I would never forget the school.  It look so sad abandoned there now.  There is one other picture of a white house (picture 27/31) on farm land, that reminds me a little of the farm house my parents owned, though I doubt its the one.  My dad several acres of farmland.  Probably none of the buildings, etc., exist now.  I don’t have any record of an address now as both my parents are gone.


 Sincerely,  Vickie Baskett

8/2/2017 – I first posted on your blog two years ago. In the past month, I received an email from someone who saw it. Since then we’ve been exchanging emails discussing the grotto or shrine behind St. Anthony’s.  

I just wondered if anyone who visits your Fierro page knows any information about the grotto and the large statue inside. 

I must say that I have two great connections to Fierro in general. My cousin has keys to the church as one of the caretakers for it which she took over from her mother. I have many relatives who are buried in the cemetery nearby. I also have an aunt who lived in Fierro until 1962. I have yet to contact her. Of course, my mother knows a little about it as she lived there for a few years when young. 

With that said, I hope no one feels that they cannot add to the information I have collected so far. The way I see it, many people have information, memories, etc, but no one person knows or remembers everything. With each piece of information that I gather, I can put together a much better picture.

The lady that contacted me is interested in the grotto. Now that I have this “Fierro Fever” my focus is on one of the crosses that may be on the church grounds. My grandfather who died when my mother was around 8, made a cross. I imagine it was at least 10 feet tall. It was large enough that he needed one of his brother in laws to help him carry it up to a hill. Sometime later, the cross was taken down. I don’t know why yet. Or which hill it was placed on.

In photos, I have seen what appears to be two hills on the north side of St. Anthony’s church. The larger one just north of the smaller one. The largest one seems to have a formal name of Hanover Peak or Hanover Mountain. Not sure what the smaller one was named.

There are two books that refer to a cross that was on a hill. Frank Ramirez’s – “Remembering Fierro, and Celia Reyes’ – Ghost Town Memoirs – Fierro Will Shine.” Twice in Frank Ramirez book (including the revised edition) he mentions the grotto or shrine and a cross behind it. But he states in one photo that the cross was on top of Cerro De La Cruz (Hill of The Cross) and yet later in his books, he states the cross was on Cerro Grande. The grotto and the cross were also mentioned in Celia Reyes’ book and she wrote that the cross was on Hanover Peak. Quite confusing when you exam the photos and conclude that the grotto and the shrine are one and the same and they seem to be talking about the same cross.

So I am hoping someone knows about these hills…or can direct me elsewhere. I am hoping my contact with relatives will yield the information I am seeking. 

Thank you so much..and I hope your site has been taken care of. 

Robert Velasquez syn707@netzero.com

August 2017 – Sunshine and Jay Church

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.

When Jay was born, his mother died and his father did not think he could raise a child so he had his sister in Ohio take him. Six years later he remarried and wanted Jay back.  His sister had bonded with Jay by then and wasn’t about to give him back.  She said she would bring him back to Michigan but instead went to Sunshine and basically hid out.  Jay attended the original school that the present one replaced.  He grew up there and started working in the mines until his best friend was killed in a mine explosion.  He then set off on a teamster career hauling freight and stagecoaches throughout the region.

Jay 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 was accessible from main street. The foundation is still there at least as of 2002.

He eventually settled in Eldora where he had a livery stable and dance hall.  The dance hall was above the stable.  He was running stages and had a livery on Pearl Street in Boulder that was a terminal of sorts for his stages and freight wagons making daily trips between Boulder and Eldora.  When the mines played out, he lost everything but his horses and took them to a farm close to Broomfield.  There are some interesting stories about him starting at that point.

My mother, Maud Church taught at the present schoolhouse during the 33-34 and 34-35 school years.

I have several pictures from the cemetery that I took the last time we were. Sunshine is a destination for us whenever we are in Colorado.  Forrest is buried in that cemetery on top of his sister.

Sincerely, Ed Hutchinson  hutched@yahoo.com

7/27/2017 – I love this site thank you so much been to a few in AZ. planning to do more. Geneva Rhodes Email=ghostglr@earthlink.net

7/19/2017 – Thanks for posting my info on your site. I do not visit often but always enjoy it when I do. Keep up the good work.   Jerry

6/2/2017 — Since these pictures were taken the school was torn down by an older guy and 3 people that he claimed were his grandsons. He stated they were going to put it back up at Estes park but it hasn’t been put up yet. I live in what was the old post office. Lots of history here.  Grady  Bonds Email=bondsgrady@yahoo.com

June 5th 2017 – I just found your site and would like to know where the Texas-Montana Trail Colorado Townsite monument is located. I ran across the marker at Last Chance and am interested in learning more.  Thanks. David Dolton Lakewood, CO

Rocky Says – David, this will help you.  http://theplaygroundtrail.com/Playground/SHT_Colorado_minuments.html

5/18/2017 – I’m trying to get in touch with the owners of the Kramer saloon. My great great uncle Joseph Kramer once owned this building. I’m planning a trip to Phoenix next month & hope to make a trip to Nevadaville & would love to see the inside of the saloon. Is there any chance you could help me get in touch with the current owner?

Thanks Jean Kramer – 231-740-8420

A viewer writes 2/9/2017 –

I lived in Bonanza as a child. My brothers went to school there.  I was between the age of about 2-5 years. I can remember a house that was painted rock.  My dad worked at the mill. It was on the right side as you entered Bonanza.   After I grew up my mother went back to live there. I think she was Mayor at one time. I believe dad had passed. Their names were, Herbert and Lenora Jackman. Wish I knew how research this. I do have some pictures.   I am 82 years old now.

Bonnie Jackman Christman

Rocky responds  – Bonnie, THANKS for visiting my site and the comments. I appreciate them. I am 73 so I can relate. The painted rock house is still there. One of the pictures on my site shows it. If you have pictures and want to share them to post on the site please let me know. Also tell me what you want to research as I have a couple of book writing friends that might give me some suggestions to pass on.

A viewer writes 12/30/2017 –

My best friend Joe and I hitch hiked across the USA the summer of 1969. We left CA early July and through some very circuitous journeying ended up near Aspen some time in August. We were camping with friends we’d met along the way up in the mountains outside of Aspen and someone told us there was an old ghost town (Ruby) up the valley. I honestly don’t remember how we got there, but looking at the map now we had to have gotten a ride up to a trail head I remember hiking in on. It was a good hike in and when we got there we were amazed at what a beautiful place it was. We scouted the buildings that were standing, and looking at the photos you have posted, I’m pretty sure there were a few more buildings standing 47 years ago, but my memory isn’t what it once was. We did find the one home with the metal roof that’s in your photos and used it for our base. We bathed in the stream that was nearby and stayed for the better part of a week. Its still one of my really fond memories. Joe and I are talking about driving part of our route from 1969 and visiting Ruby once more.

Thanks for having your website and posting the great photos.

Rick  — Rick Rubin Luthier/ stringed instrument repair Spokane, WA

Rocky Responds -Rick,

THANKS for visiting my site. I appreciate the visits. Ruby is a long way up the valley. I drove it in a Jeep Rubicon and my teeth rattled plenty. It is a beautiful site. If you head back that way make sure you are in a 4×4 or hiking and don’t miss Ashcroft as that is also pretty special.

Again THANKS for writing

A viewer writes 12/15/2016

I’m trying to plan a ghost town road trip around colorado for my brother who loves just looking at the old and abandoned.  Does  arroyo colorado still exist? 

Rocky Answers – It certainly does, just take a look here   But watch out for the rattlesnakes between the buildings.

A viewer writes – Sunday June 29th 2016  

August 22, 1964 – On this day in History in Hugo Colorado. On that day, a terrible car accident killed my Dad, Dale Stufflebeam. My Mom, brother & I were taken to the Hugo Hospital – the ambulance from Denver was unable to get out of traffic there. The emergency doctor, Dr Skirenzey (probably misspelled) took care of my Mom (Alma Stufflebeam). He stitched up the cuts on her face and knees but didn’t clean her up otherwise. She was in critical condition and was not expected to live through the night – but she did. She also was not expected to ever walk again, but she did. She passed away August 17, 2001. She often talked about the little hospital and the people of your town. Everyone was very kind. This meant a lot to us.

I stumbled onto this site as I was looking for information on the hospital. It looks as though you no longer have a hospital. I would love it if someone has pictures or pieces of history on this little hospital. If not, I would still like to thank everyone in the town for the care you gave my family on that day. God bless!

Email=tillie.2016@gmail.com Linda Langgin

Saturday April 23 2016

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

Thursday April 14 2016

John Burnham — Memphis
Comments=I just spent several hours looking at the photos and Ghost Towns in Colorado. Your site is helping me plan my next Colorado vacation.

Wednesday March 30 2016

Mike I laughed and cried looking over your web site. Raised in Arizona ran away from home and went to Nederland CO in 1970 and began my plaster career in 75 on a hundred year old (then ) hotel. In 1875 Luis built a fancy place with the Chinese labor, in 1975 I saw a Chinese take my picture mixing mud to repair their work. My first DUI in Steamboat Spr. lead me to do the plaster restoration of the old train depot there instead of jail time.Too many beers and not enough memories. We Mrs Pappy and I have an old gas station post office for sale we posted in the classified sec 5 days ago but it wont post. its 8 miles from Zebulon Pikes stockade and 10 miles from the narrow gauge rail line -Antonito to Chama that still runs over the pass in summers. Since it wont sho w up on our post look at mrspappy view profile at our back to Bountiful albums, or email us at mrspappy1@gmail.com  Happy trails  Pappy

Rocky Replies – Well I am not sure if I am happy or sad. My web site was never intended to make people cry. I hope it was tears of joy. Were exactly is your station? It looks vaguely familiar but then I am getting old and can’t remember all the place I have been.

Right now I am fighting to recover from a disastrous PC crash during Windows 10 updates. That explains the short note.

Hi Mike , Mr. Pappy here. We are 17 miles s of Alamosa, 3 miles s of La Jara, 10 miles north of the Denver Rio Grand narrow gauge station in Antonito Colorado on the right side of hiway  285 .Our Artesian well stopped up when some little boys (now old men ) dropped rocks down the well hole. The post office was so insignificant I only verified it by some old locals, they all remember the candy and ice cream. The worst head ache I ever had was when I was repairing a 100 year old ceiling in a farmhouse in Niwaot for Sigfried Scheilke the only plasteror in Boulder to stick with trade after dry wall was invented. As I pulled down a large hunk of ceiling the 100 year old dust fell down the side of my nose right passed my lucky bandana straight into my sinuses and brain. As a young hippie living in a 1890 miners cabin up Boulder canyon I remember setting foundation forms in bertha. It saddens me to see the megalopidius we created, and the forest service tore down the miners cabin and put up a sign for the wiccans who now police the area. You truly can never go home. My hod carrier from a few years back now lives in niwot ,if you run into a character named Ben Jaramillo say hi from pappy

Sunday March 6th 2016

Gleeson & Pearce jails are NOW OPEN  

I thought you might want to put it on the pages on your wonderful site. They are both planning on being open the first Saturday of every month. I was just there this past Saturday & they were indeed open.


Saturday February 27, 2016

Hello, My dad grew up in Crook, Colorado. His family name is Karr.  He is long gone but he loved all his memories of Crook.  Do you have any good sites that show pictures of Crook?  Many thanks,  Sheila Karr

Saturday February 20, 2016

My father, Billy Dockham, was born in Buckingham, CO on 12/17/ 1918.  He was the 4th son of Roscoe and Ethel Dockham.  They later moved to Mills, WY.  If we come to Buckingham is there anything to see or is it totally gone?


Rocky Responds – What you see on my site is pretty much representative of what you would see in Buckingham. I did not take pictures of the houses so several are there to see. People were still living in the houses. Also the large structure where the store was years ago. If you are expecting a lot of standing buildings you will be disappointed. Lots of foundations to see and by using your imagination you can get an idea of the layout of the town.

Monday January 25th, 2016

While going through some old photo albums from very distant family I ran across a letter from a Mabel Lycan to her son Jack Lycan.  The letter is attached.  The Lycan name has never been mentioned in the family so I have no idea why it was in the album.  

My research on the Lycan name and town of Lycan led me to your site.  Thought I would offer this up as just another part of the story of the people who founded the town.  Asa and Mabel Lycan.  The letter is interesting and creates a mystery one would naturally like to see how it all worked out. I have not found any information on Jack T. Lycan as of yet other than he was Asa and Mabel’s only son and was born 1910.  

Kyle Brown

Rocky Says: What a great mystery – read the letter here.

Sunday November 1st, 2015  – Mike,

As I was reading your site again I want to thank you for all the pictures and postings. As I look at all the cabins I wonder, is that where my family lived?  I have enclosed my grandfather’s obit as I think you will find it quite interesting.  Antonio Andretta, another part of my family bought and lost the Lulu group  as it is called now for taxes in 1915. The Angelina Mine is called the Angeline Lode. These are just a few facts I just ran across. As for the person that was grouchy about his family facts, He could have worded it a little nicer and as for the pink house ,  Seriously, anybody could post that picture. Good grief life is way  too short  to get ruffled feathers.

Jacque McDonnell

Sunday November 1st, 2015

I am a “valued customer”, so they say, having grandparents and great grandparents that lived and mined in SALINA, GOLD HILL, WARD, SUNSHINE, ETC.   We returned to Colorado about 7 years ago, and in both Gold Hill and Salina, they are still using the same school houses and outdoor priveys. I found the mercantile/grocery store that my grandmother shopped in as a young mother.  I am 84!!! I tried in vane to pull your site up on these towns.  I got it on your old site. I wonder how the fires and floods affected these towns  a few years ago. I have written as much as I could dig up, and sent 32 copies of my notebooks to all my family members on the PULLIAM, ROSE, AND GALUSHA FAMILIES…with great help from the Boulder Carnegie Library.  Keep up your wonderful work, Mike.  I love getting it, but just wish I could make it work for me.

Rocky Says Give these links a try..

Gold Hill – http://www.rockymountainprofiles.com/page253.html

Ward – http://www.rockymountainprofiles.com/page310.html

Sunshine – http://www.rockymountainprofiles.com/page296.html

Salina here –  http://www.rockymountainprofiles.com/page285.html

Thursday, October 08, 2015

Hi I just got back from Caribou for a visit on a beautiful fall day. My family and I used to love coming up here in the 80’s to poke around and see the fabulous scenery. This time I was saddened to see that all of the headstones are missing in the nearby cemetery, and there is quite a bit of campers trash scattered around the area. Still a wonderful place to come and imagine Colorado’s early history.

Saturday, September 12, 2015

My great great grandfather in law owned the Exchequer Mine north of Bonanza, Colorado. I was searching for more info on him and found your pictures. awesome to see where he walked and lived. thank you

Tuesday, September 01, 2015

Hi Rocky! I stumbled across your website and love the info about Grover. I can give a lot more. My Gr-Gr-Gr Grandparents settled in Grover after they became the first postmaster. Neal and Dolly (Grover) Donovan came from Laramie to settle in a town called Chatoga, later renamed Grover by Neal. The lived there for many years and ran the post office, later relocating to Greeley where they and some of their children are buried in Lynn Grove Cemetery. I went and visited Grover twice, meeting with some of the locals talking about the town and our connection. They thought it was fascinating I was actually related to the Donovans. They even showed me where the old post office was (now a took shed) and the Donovan house was (now a church or school house, I think). Someday I want to go back and run the Train Depot. I am a librarian and would love to organize it and bring it up to museum standards…there is so much lovely stuff there! Anyways, if you can get up there and poke around, it is well worth the visit. Cheers! Ruby Nugent rubyslippers76@comcast.net

Wednesday, August 05, 2015

WoW! AWESOME website! I accidentally found this site while searching for Boyero, CO. I found History Info & Photo’s on Boyero, CO now a Ghost Town! Thank you! Steve Carlile, Rocky Ford, CO

Thursday, July 23, 2015

My father had a cabin on U.S. Forest Service property, just outside of Apex, CO. This was back in the early 60’s & 70’s. I was there often as a young boy & teenager.A few memories of Apex are the old dance hall with its stuffed leather furniture still inside the dwelling.This building was very dilapidated & falling down. Located at the corner of the Apex Valley & Elk Park Road’s.The building has been gone, scraped several years ago.The same is true of the Apex Ski Lodge, long gone. This building was large, and had several rooms,also an attached garage, with a army half-track inside it.Teen-agers broke in one summer and were rampaging all over the forest creating much havoc & damage, including caving in a creek drainage pipe used for getting to our cabin with that vehicle. My dad was so pi…ed at them.Apex was also a small Ski resort in the 20’s & 30’s. Was also home to a real mink farm. Donkey (truck) engines were used to power the rope tow for skier’s up the mountain just a little south of Apex. Just a few memories of a fun time exploring Apex, Colorado.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

I remember Roggen from the 70s when my dad and mom Birk and Jean Burke ran the I80(LATER I76) Motel and Cafe in between the Stuckeys and the discount u pump it. I remember Don from the Conoco he had a ranch-hand brother as well. a FREQUENT CUSTOMER was Eugene Standingbear and my memory went blank on the old disabled guy with a cane who smoked unfiltered cigs. The cafe was a good place to meet characters and I enjoyed my time there.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

I visited Cleator in the early 90’s with Jan Cleator. Jan was one of my very best friends and Tom was her father. She would be so happy to know that Cleator is still family owned and operating. Tom was a real character, coming from the middle class Midwest, I have to admit Cleator was a bit of culture shock! There was probably a small fortune in antiques deteriorating in bars backrooms and other buildings. At that time I believe Tom was the only resident. Tom had 3 children:Tom, who died about 24, Jan who passed from cancer at 42, and Jimmy who’s location is unknown to me. I am thrilled to find your website, I will never forget my visit to Cleator.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

My grandfather bought stock in Colorado mines starting in 1915. I have many of the stock certificates… the Ophir Mine, Silver Bell, and Butterfly Consolidated. We’re going to Ophir this coming Sept. so it will be exciting to see the area again. I was there about 30 years ago. I have all my life been interested in the mountains, esp. Colorado. My grandfather came from Norway… so we are mtn, people, I think. Mary Jackson Hawver

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Just came across this page- Looking into my maternal family history and Fierro, New Mexico is the start of that line. My great-grandparents, Carlos and Pascuala Ramirez lived in Fierro with several of their children who were born there, Gavina, Merced(es), Panfilo, Epimenia, Cecilio (my grandfather) and many more. I believed they moved there as early as 1914. Carlos worked for Empire Zinc Mining Co. in Hanover. If any one has any stories/pictures of the town around this time- or any other history/documents, please contact me. Crystal Villalobos crystalvalverde@gmail.com

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Nevadaville – To Elizabeth Corley regarding Christopher and Catherine Bennetts: Christopher was my Great Grandfather. I can take you to his grave in Golden,Co. There are 3 generations buried there starting with Christoper including 2 of Pearl’s brothers. You can contact me at Ben4100@comcast.net.

Thursday, May 07, 2015

Afternoon all. Just a short post with a few of my memories and a bit of family history. My Dad and Uncle, Frank and Ted Waggoner were both members of Vets Club, and in fact i think my dad was one of the founding members. They and my Granddad all have their names on the Miners board there by City Hall…pretty fitting tribute i think. I spent a lot of time in the town and also out side of town fishing in the creeks and walking the lands. Also remember sledding down capiton Hill and having a big time ! Any one remember Paul Tron and the Tron family? MY grandmas house was next door to them but i cant for the life of me remember the name of the street she lived on.

Friday, May 01, 2015

My father Ray Ladley worked for T&M dairy in the 1950s and I went to 6th grade in Hanover N. M. Tom Ladley, Payette Id. 2015

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

I am at my mother’s at this moment, April 29, 2015, visiting with her. I shared with her that I had someone contact me after reading my last post. My mother wants me, LOL, to write that her father, Inez Carrasco, was the one that placed the white cross on top of the Cierro De La Cruz mountain. I never met my grandfather as he passed away when my mother, Elvira, was she was six years old. We do have a photo of him. He took his bride, my grandmother, Librada (Martinez) to a mine for their honeymoon. Robert Velasquez (syn707@netzero.com)

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Thursday, April 15, 2015 I volunteer at the Keota exhibit at the Colorado History Museum so I get a lot of questions about Keota. Does anyone know when Clyde Stanley stopped operating his store. I know he left Keota in 1973 and died in 1976. I have seen pictures from the early 50’s that shows a two story building and the store signage and later in the 50’s it looks like they took the second story off and made it a one story building and it became a post office. Does anyone know why they took down the second story? Steve smglande@aol.com

Thursday, April 09, 2015

Russell Gulch,1970 I stayed with Les and Tony, at the Pewabic Mine and what a winter it was!We had ropes tied up to follow when we went outside. Inside was always cozy, but that was maybe because the guys were so much fun and high spirited! sorry to hear of Tony, and sorry you feel like your health is failing. Les do you remember the pack rat, we chased after that little guy for weeks, it was like a game for him and us, we would find his little stashes here and there, he stole everything big and small! Thanks for the fun, Penelope


Wednesday, April 08, 2015

I saw this on the internet regarding Gilman, Colorado. My late father-in-law was called Denny Doyle (his name was really Donald Doyle) he was the son of John W Doyle who worked security in the mine, he was an immigrant from Ireland who’s wife was Ida. I never met my father-in-law and my husband said he rarely talked about Colorado. Did anybody know them? My father-in-law had joined the NAVY and then attended the University of Colorado and became a geologist, got married moved to Texas had two sons then retired in California where he died in 2002. Janis Doyle janiskingdoyle@gmail.com

Tuesday, April 07, 2015

Mike, I scrolled on down and came to this part of the blog. I have to check with my hubby, whose memory is as poor as mine or worse, but when we lived on Wall Street in Idaho Springs, he worked at the Safeway Store on Main Street and he met a lot of neat people and a few characters. One of these was the watchman for the Apex Mine and my husband was taken back into the mine tunnel in a canoe or some similar conveyance, not too far, because of the danger of the water in the underground lake from which the water was dripping to the tunnel, breaking through and flooding. We owned mining property on the most western end of Central City limits on Eureka Street and spent a lot of time exploring mine sites. Our land had the Gold Crown mining operation on it and the Lake Superior mine where Cornish miners were killed. I wish I had written our stories down as I have been ill and my memories have become obviously muddled, so that I do not trust them, so I hope I am not leading anyone astray. Thank you for your site, enjoy it so when Google takes me to it.

Monday, April 06, 2015

Mike, THANKS for all the good photos and information. I use the site to plan vacations.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

My wonderful grandmother, Librada Martinez and her huge family, 12 kids, lived in Fierro. I never tire hearing the stories. They lived in a “hotel” type of building. My great grandmother must have one tough cookie to bring up a family that big in mountain conditions. Just last week, Mar 25 2015, my mom told me again for the umpteenth time how the train would take them right to their property and stop for them to get off. Robert Velasquez syn707@netzero.com

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Early 1970, I was recovering from knee surgery in Denver, friend asked my help. He had visitation with 6 year old son As a and had plans for weekend in Aspen with lady friend so could I come along watch Asa? He promised take me to place where I would meet girls. We are sent up half way Lincoln creek to “The Grotto’s” which was deep cut canyons with cool springs. There were many girls sunbathing on top of the large rocks, many topless which made awkward for me to approach but not As a! All the girls were drawn to this cute little boy, great icebreaker! Over years, drove my jeep further back to Ruby many time, explored cabins with Sears Roebuck toilets and picked up scraps from old sawmill to make signs, furniture. Yes the road was very bumpy, several wash outs, rocks, and it would take half day or more but no hurry. Once past small lake, would rarely see E anyone. I was told trail eventually went to Created Butte by never tried.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

My maternal Grandfather worked the Zinc Mine back in 1940. On the Census, he listed his occupation as Shipping Crewman with a total salary for 1939 as $1100.00. My mother and her two sisters were born in Gilman, but the family home was in Rainsville, NM. My Grandmother and the girls traveled by train to visit my Grandpa often. It just so happens that in 1940, they were all included in the 1940 Census both in Gilman, CO (4/22/40) and also in Rainsville, NM (4/11/40). If anyone knows the train/trains they would have taken for this journey, I’d really like to know. My mothers youngest sister died as an infant while traveling during one of their visits and my mother said they buried her at one of their stops along the way. She didn’t remember where.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Back at the turn of the 20th century my great-grandparents were married in Russell Gulch, Colorado. The Marriage Certificate has since been lost! My great-grandfather, Dominic(k) Valentinelli and his brothers worked in a gold mine there. I’ve tried to do some family history but do not know my great-grandmother’s, Fiorentina (Florence) maiden name. If anyone may have information on any of my family there, I would greatly appreciate it. My email address is: lgardner@ptd.net Thank you

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

I visited Alta in 1982 or 1983 with my summer camp group. At the time you could go inside many of the buildings, including the boarding house which was not boarded up. We actually spent the night inside the boarding house, and there were about twenty kids! It was a totally bizarre but amazing experience and I’m so glad to have found these great pictures and to read about the history and others’ stories about the site.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

hello, I was told about your site by a friend. my name is wanda (gash) Stanley, I was born in Leadville co. and lived in gilman 22 of my 62 years and go by there at least twice a year and reflect on my life.i continued to live in minturn for several years. there was a lady pam who posted we were friends. if she would like or anyone else my e-mail wsfungrandma@gmail.com

Thursday, January 08, 2015

Dear Mike it’s been some time since I posted anything about Russell Gulch..from time to time I go on your site to look at old photos of the place…recently on Google’s Russell Gulch site I have come across some photos of our old cabin…they break my heart..apparently at some point there was a fire there that did considerable damage but amazingly some parts still remain..3 photos in particular one of the front of the cabin that shows the front porch gone and the the fire damage..another view from the south east corner looking towards the Divide.. and the most recently posted one that I reckon was taken by someone before the fire..an interior shot…there’s no doubt this is the actual cabin I lived there for almost 3 years..it had beautiful tongue and groove “waines coating” which was mostly stripped out but some still remained on the interior roof..there’s no mistaking it..no other place in Russell Gulch had anything like it..it was originalluilt as an office for the Pewabic Mine and was well appointed decor for 1912 the placement of the doors/windows etc I’d know it anywhere in spite of the damage..it makes me sad to see and I have only a couple pictures including the one I previously sent you…nearly 45 years later I still miss the Gulch and my health is failing I do sorely wish I could return one last time but I doubt it will ever happen..I see on a real estate site there is a piece of land for sale acros the gulch for sale on the “sunny side” with a great view of Pewabic Mountain…in my dreams I wish I could build a house there and live out my days in Russell Gulch..funny how a place where I lived such a brief time and where we struggled so hard just to survive could hold such a warm place in my heart LJC

Saturday, January 03, 2015

I found this town in the Summer of 1986 by accident….crossing over the pass going to Idaho Springs….I was stunned….Great History….Want to go back when retired….Jim Silvester

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Great site, will come back to it again, hope whomever put it together stories photos and all is well, j hackl 2014

Saturday, December 06, 2014

Thank you for posting photos of the Kelly Mine, NM. I was there in 1997 trying to find information on my grandmother who was born there in 1899. Unfortunately, even the tombstones were scarce. Her parents were Santiago & Franchesca Ortiz. She was orphaned by 1902 & sent to Harwood Girls School in Albuquerque, NM by missionary, Samuel Van Wagner.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

hi, I worked in the gilman mine in the mid70s,i don’t remember to many of the ones I worked with but I do tony bobeck,he was the shift boss and I had a partner named rocky. jw norvell got me the job there and his wife jewel shepard worked there too. I can say it was a time and place that I loved and miss I left colo in 1980 but came back in 2010,still one of the greatest places in colo. al crawford

Saturday, November 08, 2014

First off, great website! I love this kind of history. I figured I’d give a little info, while I may not be a whole lot of help, for Park City. I used to be friends of the family who owns the green cabin (and also the one a few pics later, single story with the green roof which is just to the left of it). I’ve been lucky enough to be able to stay in those places a handful of times. The mine in the back has a large yellow sign on it which has the name Buckskin Joe on it. We’ve explored it numerous times since it was right on the back of the property. Very cool. There are also old metal “slides”, I assume to move water, back there weaving in and out of the trees. The green cabin was originally back over by the mine and was either just an office or an assay office of some sort, I’m not sure which exactly. But at some point they took a big bulldozer and drug it closer to the road where it sits now. I’m not sure what year, but the family had old photographs of it in the process of being moved (they were pretty old photos), I wish I had them still to share with you all. I’m unsure of the history of the second building to the left, but I’m fairly certain that’s original to the area (of course it’s been fixed up a little). I have a lot of memories offroading and dirt biking around the area to check out all of the mining ruins. There are definitely some cool ones to see. We don’t dare wander off the roads though as there are tons of “glory holes” into the ground that others have fallen into before and could never get out.

Monday, November 03, 2014

It isn’t just looters who are ruining our historic ghost towns it is also vandals. They never seem to tire of destroying things. Gilman which is a ghost town has been thoroughly ransacked, every window busted out, anything of historic significance has been taken. If you see these ‘folks’ smashing and grabbing please say something before it is all gone. As always record everything you explore via video or photos. Jim (hometown of Gilman, Colo)

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Jim town! I grew up in these parts. I’m 54 years old. My dad was born in Lyons in the mid 30s. 1935 as matter of fact. My grandfather supplied most of all the stone in which to build the Church up on Peak to Peak. He and my great uncle (brothers) set all that stone they supplied back in the 30s. My grandfather was a real mountain man. The long hair, the beard, and the Axe he carried over his shoulder was for him his way of living. He made and sold fence posts. My great grandfather settled on the bottom of Mt. Meeker in the early 1900s. I grew up in the 60s and I remember cutting alot of christmas trees every year up and around past the old Jimtown dump. Our family had been doing this since the early 30s also. Our tree permit was only $10 dollars a year as my older brother renewed it after my grandfather and dad passed away. My older passed away too. We used to sell the trees behind the Mac’Donalds in Boulder. (crossroads).The house in the main picture brings an old memory. My dad had a best friend that lived there. His name was Dewayne i believe. We were always up in that neck of the woods. Fish’in or hunt’in as usual. My favorite place was always Overland. I used to bring home 18 to 20 inch Golden trout as a kid. Now I don’t go there. My last name is Shuler

Thursday, October 23, 2014

LT. Quino E. Martinez Served with my Father in WWII. They both were Lt. in the 7tth Army, 71st Regiment, 44th Division, Company E. Mr. Martinez would be in his 90’s. Thanks Harold Isom isomh@charter.net

Sunday, October 19, 2014

My Dad bought a patented mining claim called the Governor Adams years ago from his friend at Gulf Oil Co. We visited it about 30 years ago. There were the original rock markers at the boundaries. The mining shaft has since been filled in by the State to prevent accidents. I remember going across a shaky bridge to go uphill to the mine. One of your pictures was taken from the site, the one looking down to the townsite of Nevadaville. The mere thought of looters taking away historical relics is disgusting. When I retire next year, Nevadaville will be at the top of my list of places to visit. I applaud those who live there and walk the area. Maybe we can meet and talk. I have a lot of stories to tell. Dave Davis Davis.Dave@att.net

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Wednesday. October 15, 2014 I really enjoy your web site and the info received from you concerning the ghost Town named MAXEY. Since I corresponded with you back on 10/19/2013, I still am searching for any info on the Maxey families that the town was named for and may have lived there in the early 1900s. I am planning a trip to the area in the spring of 2015. Keep up the good work. My contribution is in the mail. J.L. Maxey

Monday, October 13, 2014

I have visited Gilman Colorado many times over the past years, dating to before it was closed in the early ’70’s to when it was completely abandoned in the 80’s. Today (2014), while still officially ‘closed,’ the former owner- the Ginn Corporation- has abandoned its interests -and apparently also all its security of the site as well. While not a recommendation that anyone try this, I have parked along US24 and simply walked down into the town numerous times. The most I ever received was a very polite note left on my vehicle by the Eagle County Sheriff’s office saying I was ‘Trespassing’- but no ticket etc. Since I was parked on the shoulder along the highway, it remained anyone’s guess just what my vehicle was doing there, and of course no one has ever seemed interested in roaming about, down in Gilman, in search of a maybe-trespasser. If you decide to try this, just be discrete. And you do so at your own peril! Unfortunately there isn’t much remaining that the vandals haven’t tried to destroy, though as you explore, there are tons of small treasures to be discovered…that is, if you have that certain ‘sense of history’ and a little poetry in your soul. For example? well, amazingly- even tough the vandals have tried to break just about everything glass, many light bulbs still remain whole in their sockets! Find the houses with the fireplaces?, can you imagine the families gathered about them at Christmas’s long past?… or that collection of careful folded Safeway paper bags (ca. 1975) tucked away and forgotten by a housewife in her kitchen cupboard? The child’s bedroom with the colorful stickers…. The water damaged roofs of the houses are collapsing them fast, not to mention the offices- be careful of rotting floors. Take a flash light and maybe you too will find a little treasure left in the dark cellars, missed by the vandals. I could not leave the beautiful 1930’s Art Deco light bulb I found in a safe little closet to these clowns- It now graces a bookshelf and with it I have memories of my visits, going back in time, memories of rapidly fading Gilman,– a neat old/modern ghost town. Coyote Frostbite, Leadville, Colorado (posted october 2014)

Thursday, September 25, 2014

So sorry! Just posted Karen Holt as Blue’s & Max’s mom’s name. It is Halterman – right? Karen – right? Oh, and what happened to Cargo? Many Thanks! Juli 😉

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Hi everyone who knows Oak Creek, CO! After my dad died in Denver, my mom Phyllis Herness moved here with me in 1973-ish? It is a beautiful town with beautiful people – then and now I am sure! G-searched “Facebook Oak Creek, Co”. The Colorado Bar and Grill pops up. How about we make a Facebook site – page – group?!? Then conveniently we can post & comment on all the collected info. Thanks! Juli Brown 😉 P.S. For a short time I babysat Max and Blue for Karen Holt – right across the street from a wonderful young woman named Jane. Sadly I learned while G-searching, a “Find a Grave” Google listing verified that our dear friend Lee O’Neal passed away. Remember her beloved german sheperd dog? RIP

Friday, September 05, 2014

My father use to got here many years ago early 1900’s Many our Indian people lived in that area love to talk to someone who lives there?

Friday, September 05, 2014

Dakota Wolf Im on FB under Dakota P Wolf >iM Apache My father loved it there .. he was born Northern Nm 1913 & moved at age 20 to South Fork & lived in Manassa Colo till he died at age 93,, where is Salt river form there? not far from Summer ville, is the Apache rock & Caves where some iNdians lived at.. i9n the 1600 to late 1800’s I live in Tijeras, Nm now,,

Sunday, August 17, 2014

We drove through Keota today and stopped at the cemetery. We noticed a large number of graves dated 1918 – wondering if that was due to the flu epidemic. It was very interesting and made us want to learn more about the people who once lived there. Also – the previous poster asked about the stuffed animals. I think they were trying to point out that these did not appear to be remembrances left at graves at different times by family members, but that they all seemed to be left at the same time at the graves of all the children – they were all very similar stuffed animals with about the same amount of decay from the elements. It appears that someone took a large number of those to the cemetery at about the same time.

Rocky says – very observant. There was a Spanish flu epidemic in 1918. Also is it very possible the stuffed animals were left during one of the annual Keota Celebrations. That would explain the timing. (only a guess on my part)  

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Rocky Mike’s pictures of Oak Creek were nice I went to school there in 58 and 59 and we had quite a time. One of his pictures was of the house my parents owned at one time. Keep up the good work. Thanks Chuck Cloud


Rocky says – THANKS

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

My fathers family was from Telluride and he bought some land in Dunton. I remember going when I was 8 or 9 which would have been the mid 70’s. At that time it was a biker hang out. I still have pictures of the bluegrass band that use to play in the main hall (only hall) My favorite dog Molly was buried in a meadow on my parents mining claim right outside of town. We planted hundreds of wildflower on the hillside.

Monday, August 04, 2014

I am 71 years old and I found the Geneva City Ghost town in 1959 with a friend. The houses all had locks on the doors. The shelves had the cans on them. The beds were hand made and they were bunk beds. The tables had the old oil lamps on them. We found old pack saddles and many beautiful rocks Crystals, fools gold etc. It was like a step back in time. We have been there many times!!!

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

I bought a house in Nevadaville in 1975 and lived there until 1979. I purchased it from a friend, Mary Auer. She had a junk shop in this house prior to my purchasing it. I was a waitress at Johnsons in Central City in the summers and would walk to and from my house to work. The food at Johnsons was a little frightening. I was the breakfast waitress and one of my tasks every morning was to mix up the butter. You don’t want to know what was in it. My neighbor, Gene, lived in the big two story red house that still stands. Gene was a miner in his youth and had lost his arm in a mining accident. He loved to play pool and his pool table and truck were his prize possessions. I used to take family and friends up to play pool with him and he usually won. Gene was quite the character. He had a large potbellied stove in his living room. He always had coal soaking in diesel fuel next to his woodstove. I was always afraid his house would go up in flames! He was a wonderful neighborhood always watching over my house and volunteering to help with any task that involved heavy lifting. He also was an expert at chopping wood with a wedge and sledge. He taught me how to use his method and I used it for the next 25 years in my other mountain homes. I am not sure when Gene died but a big piece of Nevadaville history was lost with his passing. I saw recently that his red house was up for sale. I hope someone buys it that cares for the old place. suel@schoolhealthclinics.org

Saturday, July 05, 2014

My husband and I bought 3 lots in Turret. Our first lot had the original house on it and it was falling down. We restored the outside of it to the original photo we found in the book Among the columbines. The building department shut down our project. We were not able to put the porch on it. Everyone in Turret has kept every structure that was not carried off piece by piece in arrested decay as the building department will not allow anyone here to put back what was ones in Turret. All the people here can tell anyone about the history of Turret we do have rules in place to keep the original appearance of Turret, log cedar board on board ect. So before you judge the people who have built a new home and live in Turret you should be thank full that we are here because there are still old structures here that have not been carried away board by board and made into a picture frame. Besides a great place to live, there are hiking trails, the proposed Browns Canyon Wilderness Study Area, Bike Trails, great views of the mountains. Come visit. Have a great day. Peggy peggyscasa@gmail.com

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

My name is Jerry Williams. I’m 74 years old – a native Coloradan – and have been visiting the Waldorf/Argentine Pass trails for many years on my atv. Never found or knew about Santiago until I saw info and a map about it on www/funtreks.com website. My daughter, Dawn Folmer and I rode my atv up there and visited Santiago and took lots of pictures on Monday, June 30, 2014. It looked like snow still covered parts of the trail up to Argentine Pass so we didn’t attempt that ride yet – maybe later this summer.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Last summer my grandfather Leo Loera and I visited Fierro, his birthplace. He shared many stories of growing up there while his father worked in the mines. The home that he was born in is now covered by a slag pile from the mine that owns most of the property that used to be Fierro. One of the “higher ups” at the mine was gracious enough to allow us onto mine property to search for remnants around the foundations of homes that used to house family and friends. We toured the cemetery to pay our respects to family members, some who lost their lives in the mines around Fierro and Hanover. My grandfather remembers playing baseball in a small clearing adjacent to the cemetery. We rummaged through the foundation of my great-grandfather’s house located directly across what used to be the post office. My great grandfather was very good at making things with his hands and we were trying to find anything left behind that may have had his trademark “Loera” welded into it. Even though there is not much left of the town, I couldn’t help but feel the history of the place. A train still runs down the old tracks daily from the mine. I hope to be able to go back to Fierro soon and reconnect with family who still live in the Silver City area. I would love to return with my grandfather and bring my wife and four sons to soak in the stories and history from Fierro that my grandfather loves to talk about. Erik Loera…….email: eloera75@gmail.com

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Great pictures of places I wish I could visit but are just too far away. ^_^ You should get a Facebook page.

Friday, June 13, 2014

I lived in Eldora, Co. summer of 1981 across from the hotel in the lower apartment that another visitor to your site mentioned. The upstairs at that time had a lot of small rooms (the brothel). The lower apartment had been the newspaper office, although maybe it was also saloon at one time. That was t :/ e story of owner at that time.

Monday, June 02, 2014

I was born in Denver, and my mothers family the yellow cabin in the row. I have sooo many fond memories as a kid going to the cabin. I remember hiking up to the hermits cabin, back down to the lake, to the memorial park, climbing “tenderfoot” Memories of eating at the Stage Stop in Rollinsville, or shopping at the Denim and Lace shop in Nederland. We would always walk down to the school house and imagine what it was like for kids to go to school there. I used to love riding in the back of my Granddad’s pick up truck, up Giants Ladder, and picnicking at Yankee Doodle Lake, only to make it as far as the Needle Eye Tunnel. That place is my Tranquility. Always has been, and always will be!

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Found your site looking for info on my Grandfather’s home town. His name was Clifford Thomas Roberts told me stories of his Childhood all the time…he told me Black Hawk was heaven! His father’s name was Thomas and died in the early 1900s…is this the same Thomas you have diary entries from? I know my great grandfather worked in mines but thought he past from black lung when Clifford was around 7. I was in Central City/Black Hawk last time in 1999. There is a plaque in brass or bronze on the wall in city hall with my Grandfathers name and my great uncle John Menegatti. Is this still there? Do you know anything about it? I think it had something to do with the number of world war 1 veterans that came from this small town. Can you let me know what you know about the plaque and if the author of the diary is related to my Grandfather? I truly appreciate it! Terri Law4terri@hotmail.com

Thursday, May 29, 2014

My mother and her brothers and sisters were born in Hanover, NM. She was born in 1923. Her name was Lucia Bustos, her father was Bernardo and her mother was Porfidia,the came from Casas Grandes in Mexicop. From Hanover they moved to Terrero, and lost touch with the family. If you know this family, please contact me at 505-310-5838-Victoria Benavidez

Monday, May 26, 2014

Hello this is Susan from Broken Arrow, Okla. again. We are planning a trip in mid .July to Bonanza this year. I haven’t been in over 15 years. We have 2 family cabins next door to each other in the middle of town on Main Street. Can’t hardly wait for July to get here. Time ages this town so slowly, from all the pictures I’ve seen it still looks the same way it did when I was a kid. I have enjoyed visiting this site again and seeing all the pictures, it brings back so many memories of childhood. I learned to drive in Bonanza, I drove my grandpas red jeep down main street to get water from the pump down by the posts office. Can’t wait to go throw a few more rocks in the creek that goes thru town. Hoping there will be some other folks staying up there while we are visiting.

Friday, May 23, 2014

Yes, Virginia. There IS a Storytown (past Tiger – up the road till you can’t drive anymore – to the bridge and stream. Then hike up to the left along the rutted road and VOILA! Semore Storyland is on the left.) My college friend, Cathy, lived there w/a bunch of people around 1971-73. My friend, Karen, sister Jacque, hubby Steve and I first visited her in ’72. We visited her several more times and continued to camp in the area for years till the early 90’s. It’s what made us all move to COLORADO in ’73! Sadly, “they” burned down that cabin, too. I cried. I have pics. Will lOOk for them. Jill jillzo@comcast.net

Sunday, May 11, 2014

My great Grandparents Ress lived in the house pictured at the very bottom, middle picture. A lot of these buildings pictured are no longer standing. Thank you so much for sharing these pictures & your stories!

Rocky Says, – if you get a chance let us know what town you are talking about. THANKS

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

About a year or so ago, when I was working on my first novel, I was looking for a small Colorado town to base as the main characters’ home town. In my research, I came across the story of Wild Horse. But, in my story, the town didn’t vanish; it became a thriving railroad and cattle community, a stop on Amtrak and the home of the annual Wild Horse Stampede, an annual rodeo and western show akin to the Brush rodeo. — Jeff sagedad02@hotmail.com

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Thank You for your site. I love it. It would be nice if you put Cripple Creek on your mine list. It is now a casino town but it use to be hot in mines and so was Leadville. I will check back in a few months and see if you have any info on these. Thank You again.

Rocky says – THANKS for the comments and the visit to my site. I appreciate it.

Monday, April 07, 2014

Mike Clinton Utah My moms side of the family are from that area. My grandpa is in the Oak Creek Cemetery Joseph Hains

Monday, April 07, 2014

I am a new resident of Nevadaville and want to setup a museum here in town. I am looking for vintage photos…. stories of gold and lives….. names of residents who lived here, passed through here, died here, entertained here.. Whatever! My Uncle George Johnson was a trick rider for the Buffalo Bill Wild West Show that passed through Central City many times. He logged his travels and fun panning for placer in Nevadaville. Perhaps you have a short/long story of the like? imyourchauffeur@icloud.com Bennett Pettersson

Thursday, March 27, 2014

I was wondering if anybody has information on a Polly Renner or an Edward Emmanuel Swanson. Polly was my great-great grandmother and Edward was my grandfather? Also, if anybody has information regarding the time when Sunrise Alaska was burnt down because of a distillery(illegal) gone haywire? Please contact me at Maintenancemasters@msn.com Thanks, Edward Swanson

Friday, March 14, 2014

Me and my husband got married up there in August of 2003 and have been residing in Nederland ever since what a beauti ful place and now recently ive been learning the history this is a great page thank you for sharinh ot!

Friday, March 07, 2014

Doing some research on my farther and found out my grandfarther lived in Levy NM with his mother. Thus I found your site as I was researching Levi. One of your picture could be the house my great grandmother and grandfarther at 4 helped had dig a well. I will post more as i learn more. Thanks

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

I am interested in obtaining any historical documents relating to cameron colorado,as my greatgrandfather christian wiedman settled there.I was told he was the stationmaster at the midland depot.I know he had a dairy there ,a large home and several other business intrests,any information would be helpful.thank youmy name is michael wiedman I live in cripple creek colorado my e mail is michaeljw40@yahoo.com

Friday, February 21, 2014

I remember visiting Wild Horse as a child. Was there once for a town celebration. My grandmother moved there in 1948 with her 3 youngest children and taught school in various schools in the area. We would stop and visit Curtis and Leona and family on the way through from Kit Carson to Hugo. Kit Carson was home to great uncle Hooley and Hugo was home by that time to my grandmother Agnes.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

I just drove by and looked at Gilman, wish I could’ve got closer but the snow was so bad today.

Sunday, February 09, 2014

I went through Keota on my way back to Ft. Collins after visiting the grasslands.(Oct.2013)  I live in upstate NY. Found the graveyard very interesting but am wondering why all the stuffed animals and dolls put on the graves? >dalear@netzero.com<

Rocky says – Keota cemetery is not unlike many others in the area. Often small items are left on the graves of individuals by family members, friends or admirers. Many cultures and religions around the world have done this in various fashion over thousands of years. A great example is the Egyptians and even the Native Americans. People of the Jewish faith also placed items on the graves of their relatives. Those are just some of the cultures that have this practice. In these remote cemeteries, unlike big city cemeteries, there is often no one to maintain the cemetery. So an item that is left behind may have been there for years. For example my parents are buried in a cemetery in Mesa AZ. On a daily basis someone goes thru the cemetery and picks items up and removes old dead flowers etc. That doesn’t happen in Keota.  

Keota cemetery also happens to be the burial site of  Edith Grace Steiger Philips. That helps to draw people to the cemetery. You can read her obit here.http://www.fold3.com/image/53419543

Saturday, February 01, 2014

Correction – Teacher name was Mrs. Bashor, and Mr. Hauer, not Bauer. Betty Hedge

Saturday, February 01, 2014

Very interested to find this site. My family and I lived in Grover during the early 60’s. There was an oil lease on the Gillette’s land. My father, Grady Hedge, was the “pumper”/manager of the lease. The owners were in Denver, I believe. One owner’s last name was Pepper. We lived 7 miles from Grover, but rode the bus, I believe 50 miles to get to school. My mother’s name is Maxine. Some of my classmates were Eileen ?, Joyce Ayers, Cheryl ? (her mother was a teacher there), Randy Peters. One of my teachers was Mrs. Riley. My brother is Mac Westmoreland. He was married to Norma Jean Lingelbach. Their son is Justin Westmoreland. My older sister was Terry and younger sister was Kathy. (Both now deceased.) Some other names I remember are the Koenigs, the Egglestons, the Hillmans. I had a teacher named Mr. Bauer. There was Mrs. Barrett also. My name is Betty Hedge.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

I would like to do a story on living in a ghost town in the 21st Century for my website at www.tribmag.com. Can you give me some names and phone numbers so I can begin my research. Chas McNamara – 720-951-0001. cmcharlemcn@gmail.com

Monday, January 27, 2014

I’m Frank Mays of Edinburg, Virginia. We lived in Bonanza in tghe late 40’s. My sister attened the school there. I remember that lst thru 8th grades were all held in the same room. Myself and Ralph Raymond worked at the sawmill that was located between Bonanza and Villa Grove during the summer. Bonanza was a great place to live. I still miss the beauty of that small place in our country. I have many fond memories.

Saturday, January 25, 2014

I lived at Storyland above Tiger on the north fork of the Swan from 1972 to 1975. Good times.

Rocky Says – Never heard of Storyland. Of course there is a lot I don’t know. Maybe there really was a Storyland, it was the 70’s.

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Hi Rocky: I have greatly enjoyed the pictures of Gilman and comments by former residents and neighbors. I had the pleasure of working at Gilman from 1968 – 1974. I started as a mine shift boss and ended up as General Manager for the last few years. Gilman was a prolific zinc producer and was the 2nd largest zinc mine in the US in 1971. The miners at Gilman were great employees, very skilled and probably the best mine timbermen I ever worked with during my mining career. I have to agree with many of the comments that it is sad to see a once thriving town producing jobs, dreams, wealth and taxes fall into disrepair. Thanks for saving some of the history. Al Winters

Tuesday, January 07, 2014

I love all these pictures.I was sort of surprised, to see the town of Chivington Colorado.I went through there,on my way out to see the Sand Creek Massacre.It’s good to see prairie town sites as well.I got to know Perry Eberhart back in the early 80’s.And we would send letters back and fouth talking about Ghost Towns.Anyway, like your site very much,and for sharing pictures some people might not ever get to see. Excellent. Mike P.Colorado Springs………..

Thursday, December 19, 2013

How can a state allow an historical site be purchased by individuals? What happened to preserving our heritage. So sad. katsut@hotmail.com

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Great site!…My father and his sister were born in Apex, Colorado. My father’s name was George McElhinney. He was born in 1906. She was somewhat younger. Any information available (not necessarily about the family, but about the town and history of the area) can be sent to kimmce1@aol.com Thanks. Kim

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Terry & Elizabeth here, We have been camping in the Capital City area since our wedding 6yrs ago. Elizabeth has been camping here for almost 50yrs. In the lower 48, there’s no place we would rather be!!! When we camp, we here for two weeks. We have taken some of the most breathtaking pics ever!!! But I promise you, there’s no camera or video equipment made that can take the place of being there in person!!! O MY SOUL!!! To us, this one of God’s greatest creations!!!! terrypettit@ymail.com

Friday, November 15, 2013

Hello, my mane is David Muniz and I grew up in Fierro. My parents were Mike and Lily Muniz. I was born in Santa Rita, but lived in Fierro until I got drafted into the Army, stayed in the Army for 22 yrs and retired in 1993. I now live in Las Cruces but I go back to Grant County as often as I can as I still have family in Bayard, Mimbres and in Silver City. My wife and I recently attended the celebration of St Anthony at the Fierro church and really had a great time. Looking forward to doing it again next year.

Monday, November 04, 2013

I went to school with Eddy Gash. We used to wait for the school bus at the clubhouse and by the warehouse right below the clubhouse. My father worked there for 45 years. I did kindergarten through third grade in Gilman. I remember the Asbury family to they lived near the post office I think. Joe and Betty Gash lived in the first house on the same street I lived on. The school was built just before 1920 I think because we found a bunch of newspapers in the walls that were used for insulation when they tore it down in the 70s. The buildings in the bottom of the canyon are the mill and used to connect to 1600 level in the mine. I worked with the surface crew for 2 summers then worked in the mine the summer I graduated from high school. That was in 77. Eddy Gash graduated the year before me. Growing up in Gilman was a lot of fun.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

My Mom who is 94 was telling me a story today of living in a ‘Home’ in Ludlow as a young child. She remembers the railroad cars with lumber and coal, and the Hobo’s the her ‘Gram’ would welcome in to her home and feed them. I can’t seem to find any history or photos past 1914 and the Massacre? Wayne Warnerphotobywayne2004@yahoo.com

Rocky Says – Check with the Colorado Historical Society.

Friday, October 25, 2013

Oh this was wonderful have you ever been to Pie Town NM it is an experience not exactly a ghost town but lots of interesting history used to be able to get a wonderful slice of homemade pie been there done that and enjoyed. Hope you go sometime S. Bartlett

Rocky Says – I actually stopped there on a trip through NM. Neat place.

Friday, October 18, 2013

My husband and I and some friends were exploring Colorado in the 1970s. We came across a couple of people that mentioned Dunton. One young man told us that when we got back to Alabama that we must write to him. His address was Dan the Woodcutter, Dunton, Colorado. He assured us the mail would reach him. We decided to see what the attraction was in Dunton. It turned out to be a almost empty community dining hall, tiny bar, a few cabins, and a large bathhouse. They had rocked in a large pool from the warm springs and built a building over it. The warm water in the cold night air provided a mist for modesty, as people were stripping off their clothes and entering the pool for a bath/swim. There was an outlet for the flowing water that went outside the building and into another pool where people were star gazing. The idea of being in a public pool with naked strangers sounded extremely uncomfortable, but the warm water and the cold air collided to make sure no one could see anything, even if they wanted to. It was an extraordinary experience, one I’m glad I did not miss. -Sandy H

Monday, October 07, 2013

My family owns the site where the old post office used to be. As a kid growing up back in the 50’s, we spent time during the summers there. The roads were almost unpassable but somehow we managed in those old cars to make it in. My father and other relatives hunted the area. The post office still had mail, beds. old cook stoves, etc. during this time. My great uncle prospected in the area and purchased the building. Unfortunately, vandals ransacked the building and stole a good majority of anything valuable. The harsh winters destroyed the building itself. Many good memories!!!

Rocky Says: What town are you talking about? Please let me know. THANKS for visiting the site.

Friday, October 04, 2013

Can I get visitor information?

Rocky Says – What information are you wanting? Perhaps I can help.

Monday, September 30, 2013

My grandfather joined the mining frenzy in Summitville during the 1930s era. I have a photo of a group of miners just off shift there. Are you interested in posting it here? The men need identifying. I would be most grateful for any sharing of insight to the miners identifications. Sincerely, Lynn email: chocolynn@comcast.net 30 Sept 2013

Friday, September 20, 2013

My wife and I had church at this little white church many times, played gospel song to the glory and honor to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ Jesus and Jackie Othon We Love you Henry Hurtado and you are not forgotten

Friday, September 20, 2013

I spent summers in Nederland from 1964 – the 7o’s. I am blessed that My uncle, Jerry Kelly, was a brilliant artist. Jerry spent hour upon hours in Caribou sketching and painting. I remember his disappointment when the cemetery was vandalized. Thanks for the site

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Wonderful site-I lived on Bald Mountain above Nevadaville in ’92-’93 in a house I rented from Alverna Bowden. Worked at a casino in Central City. Best year of my life. cookthomasr@yahoo.com

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Sorry to hear of the flood devastation in Salina.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Oh my I am so happy I found this site. My name is Bonnie Sewell,Warner,Simpson. I was raised in Jamestown. When I get back to Co, I always go and check Jamestown out. Yes we knew the Goodards very we.. My sister Mary married Frank Goodard. They had two girls and later divorced. WE as the Sewell family, my dad Larry, my mom Nita, Betty, Mary, myself, Bonnie Brother Bob, John and Gary. My Sister Betty lives in Firestone now. My brother John in Platteville, brother Gary in Firestone, Sister Mary in Ky. and my self in Ca. We lost brother Bob last Dec. So sad. We lived on the hill by the Sapps across from the mill. I just can’t believe Jamestown suffered so much loss in the recent flood which is still going on.

Oh I did not notice until I had submitted my story to get a response to put our email, I am Bonnie Sewell email bsimpson06@sbcglobal.net

Sunday, September 15, 2013

My 4 children and I lived in Jamestown from 1970 – 1975, living in the house Ed Anderson owned at the base of the front hill and across the creek from the merc & town hall. Ed was a great old character and let us stable our horse at his place. In those days Jamestown was magical – very egalitarian and a community with great spirit. Our friends there were people we will always treasure – especially the Bussian family. So sad to hear about Erich and then, less than 2 mos later, the terrible devastation. Thank God most people survived. So many wonderful memories – melodramas at the townhall – and yoga! – taking the town kids Christmas caroling – a school with wonderful teachers (thank you, Barbara Heaton). We will always be grateful for those years. A piece of my heart stayed in Jamestown, the best place I ever lived. Laura Cardamon

Saturday, September 07, 2013

9/9/13 I am intrigued by the messages on the Hugo Co site. We are thinking of relocating to Colorado and can’t wait to visit your “ghost town.” Judy in Salmon Idaho

Thursday, August 29, 2013

A friend and I drove across Rollins Pass in Sept. 1977 in my 1973 Ford pickup … being a farm boy from the White River bottoms of Indiana I had no idea what I was in for … there was a drought that year and you had to look up to find any snow …. once I crossed the 1st trestle there was no turning back! … we had to get out and, luckily, move a boulder before we could pass through the tunnel … great memories ….

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

My Dad and I would drive up to the pass summit in the 60’s to dig for bottles. I was 13 – 14 then. Its 8/13 now and I met a fellow here in a Las Vegas Antique Mall who claims to have the two original train station signs announcing the train stop. There not for sale but maybe I can get pictures to post. Can not find photo/photos of the train station or town.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

My name is Matthew Fulford. for many years I’ve often wondered about the Fulfords past Oklahoma. I had lived in Silverton Colorado for 5 years. I then moved to the Montrose area. I’ve known about Fulford Colo for about 20 yrs. I just never made it there. I started viewing this web page tonight and found it quite interesting. I’ve been a prospector for the better part of 25 years and did most of my prospecting around Silverton. Due to medical reasons found out 6 years ago I’ve had to move to Mohave Valley Arizona. It’s no pretty. I do plan on Going back to Montrose as of 2014 and to heck with Drs. orders. I still have a daughter there and will base myself out of there. My plans are to look for a gold seam around Silverton. It’s called the Baker Brothers seam. I had looked for it before but now after careful research I’ve narrowed it down to about a half mile radius. During the summer I also plan on visiting Fulford Colorado for a week or so. I’ve always said I would before I die and I will. Not that I plan on doing so soon. I look forward to it. If anyone will give me an Idea as to when is the best time to go that would be appreciated. I can be found on facebook under Matt Fulford or emailed at sloopofwar63@gmail.com. I hope to hear from you soon. M.L. Fulford

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

George Raymond again. Thanks to your site, I have made contact with Michael Raymond and Debbie Corbett, all descendants of the Raymond’s in and around Bonanza. We are still trying to get information on the Raymond Ranch. One of the participants on the sight mentioned having some information on the ranch but did not leave a way to contact them. Donna and I were in Bonanza in July 2011 and located some of the Raymond graves in the Exchequer Cemetery including my great-grandfather Potato John Raymond who was the #1 Cook on the Hayden Survey. We were not able to find my Grandfather James George Raymond and my Grate Grandmother Mary F. Casteel Raymond. Family information says they are both buried on the Raymond Ranch. We would love to get the exact location of the ranch and any other information on the Raymond’s. Thanks for the help and I can send some photo’s if told how to do so. George Raymond GRAYMOND@socal.rr.com

Friday, August 09, 2013

Grew up here and Keenseburg, I am part of the Hebert Family. I went to school at the Christian school there for first and second grade I do believe my teacher was Mrs. Ansley. My parents were married there at the church. My grandma ran a gas station on the west side of Stuckeys and the motel. I remember swimming there when the pool was up and running. It is my home town lots of memories there.

Monday, August 05, 2013

I was born in Gilman the very end of 1951. My sister was born there too. My Dad was a mining engineer and worked for NJ Zinc. We were there several years as extended family members who were also in the industry did. I visited in 1979 by myself and it was still somewhat functioning with people in the office. A cousin just visited but I don’t know what she saw since it seems it’s off limits. thanks for having the site. ml@bytesdefense.com

Saturday, August 03, 2013

In the summer of 1978, when I was young and foolish, my friend and I drove over Rollins Pass from West to East in a 1970 Mustang. The weather was great, the road was pretty rough in places from the old ties I guess. Also, some spots were very rocky and we had to take it very slowly most of the time up high. I remember stopping before the trestles so we could get out and jump on them to test them out first. Like I said, young and foolish. But the views were wonderful. We stopped to climb around on one of the trestles and I found a railroad spike in an old tie with a date of 1905 on it. Thanks for the memories and great web site!

Rocky Says – THANKS to you for adding your comments..

Friday, August 02, 2013

I have some patented mining claims on the mountain to the north above Geneva City. The last time I tried to go there was several years ago and there was a locked gate a ways up Duck Creek. Do you know if access if available now?

Monday, July 29, 2013

My grandparents and 8 child homestead there near Keota CO. My mother went to school there and also taught there in the white school house. My greatuncle Curt Foley had the grocery store. the homestead is still standing and I go up to there every now and then. My Aunt Edith Steiger is in Keota cementry. My mothers name was Esther Steiger. Thank you for having this sight on internet. Donna Neely

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

HEY,rocky, I had a vision from the lord, about 6 months ago, HE showed me an old church in the high mountains here in colorado, It was all rock construction with points at the top of the windows, as I walked around in the small building, I realized it was a church, maybe 100 or more years old, the windows were clear not tinted, maybe 3ft. wide and 3ft.high,double opening, a fire place in the main room, with a kitchen off to the right, MY NAMES ARIZONA, I live in trinidad, PLEASE CALL ME,IF YOU HAVE ANY IDEA about where this is,.719-846-7082,thanks

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Great site, I currently live on Alps Hill between the West end of Russell Gulch and Nevadaville and am willing to help out anyone looking for current info/pictures of the area. Phil W. papawhiskeythree@gmail.com

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

My last name is Roggen and I would like to know if anyone can tell me how the town got it’s name. I have heard it was named after a bull…that can lead to some interesting conversations if true. Dennisroggen@gmail.com

Monday, July 15, 2013

I can’t believe I found this site. I grew up in Jamestown from 1060-1975, and traveled the circuit of all the names that were mentioned. I tell stories of my growing up days all the time to my kids and now their kids, and no one can believe the stories. Only those of us who lived through the penny candy, charging food at the merc, going to the school with 1-2-3rd grades all in the same class room and Mr Stewart getting after us. Man those were the days. Love, laughs, lots of fun. I remembering running non stop with Larry Rivers from the merc to the top of Porfry dyke, just to say we did. I remember finding a 5 gal jar of moonshine and telling one of the locals, and him telling us that HE would take care of it. I remember the 4 of July Pancake breakfast and all the pot luck dinners on fri nightes, as well As coffee time with Florence and Everett wherever he/we were building a house. Well, that’s enough remembering for now, by the way, I’m the middle of the Blondeau boys and my email is rev828@ bellsouth.net just in case anyone remembers. I thought Annie and I were the only ones left crept my two bro’s.

Monday, July 15, 2013

How funny that I found the Jimtown site. I grew up there as well from1960 to 1975 when I finished college. All the names listed are fantastic. I played with each of them at one time or another. In fact, Charlie Brown knocked out my front tooth in his front yard when I was 11 or so. I rember Rosie as well. What a great place to grow up. We had so many “Parents” we couldn’t get away with anything. I rember working for EverettmWalker and building half if the buildings in town, including the Lees diner and the addition to the church. My parents owned the post office and the baseball field wasthe only space in town to play unless you went to the tailings pond. Well, I would be interested in hearing from some of my peers, my email is rev828@bellsouth.net I’m one of the Blondeau boys, the middle one, if anyone remembers.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Looking forward to a trip to Grover this Saturday with a small historical group, looking over Pawnee Grasslands too. Thanks for the website!

Monday, July 08, 2013

Hi all I also lived in gilman back in the 50″s I spent all my high school years there and loved it. My name is JoAn Myers white for anyone wanted to contact me. I married Glen White. I was up by Gilman and Red Cliff last weekend for the first time in a long time. The old high school in red cliff in now open to the public and has all the old picture of the class in the old office room. bjwhitegj@bresnan.net

Thursday, June 27, 2013

I live in Cocoa Beach, Fl, but my grandparents and 3 generations back from them are from CO. I have family buried in the Caribou cemetery. I know my great-great grandfather, Frances Andre’, was a silver minor and his daughter, Jennie Andre (Williams) – my great grandmother – grew up in Caribou and lived there until she married and moved to Denver. Could you please verify if there are any headstone with the last name of Andre? Please reply to seashellsamba@yahoo.com. Thank you so much for your wonderful website!!!

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

Monday, June 24, 2013

Rocky: Will my post appear on the Bonanza page? It does not appear to be there now. I failed to list that my present home is Sheridan, WY Thanks. Gina Zetmeir-Stephens pinklowrider@rocketmail.com

Rocky Says – Yes it does.

Monday, June 24, 2013

I would love to connect with anyone who has ties with Bonanza in 1953-1954. I was born in Salida, but my family lived in Bonanza at the time. My father was a water well driller and I believe he did some trapping around Bonanza as well. We lived in a log cabin with an outhouse until I was 8 months old. I have been back numerous times to visit the Ghost Town and the scenery never changes—it is breathtakingly beautiful all the way up the mountain and Bonanza remains quaint and pleasant. I noticed one of your guests as describing the yellow-orange creek. I always thought of it as red, but I remember it well. There were many beaver ponds in the area when I was born and I know some were still there in the mid to late 60’s. My name is Gina Zetmeir-Stephens and I would love to hear from anyone who might remember the area from that time period. Thanks for the website. pinklowrider@rocketmail.com PS I do have pictures of the time my family lived there in 1953-1954, especially of the heavy snowfall. They are in storage and I cannot access them at this moment or I would share with you. I will look for them.

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Love the site great info and photos

Thursday, June 13, 2013

June 12, 2013. Visited Alta site today. It is beautiful and remains unimproved.

Sunday, June 09, 2013

I own the little green house which is on the top row of the photos on the right. Had it for about five years. Anyone know the history of this house? Art donafor@yahoo.com

Friday, June 07, 2013

Thanks to all the wonderful trips you take us to. Seven years ago we did the whole rocky mountain plus the complete west vacation. what a wonderful trip and while we didn’t go to some of the places you have pictures of we enjoyed it so much. We went to some ghost towns in the yukon what a sight almost could hear the activity going on. Thank you we do enjoy. Shirley sbartlett59@yahoo.com

Friday, May 24, 2013

Rocky, enjoyed your pictures. But when I made my comment it got posted on the wrong place. It should be on the Gilman Ghost Town. Please would you fix it? Judy Gomez Hackney

Rocky says – I posted on the Gilman page for you.

Friday, May 24, 2013

1957-66 I enjoyed your site with the pictures and all, Brings back a lot of memories to me. I remember walking from down town Gilman to up town to go to school. I was one of the ones in the joke that literally had to walk backward to school. At least I had shoes.:) The wind howled and blew very hard,to the point I couldn’t see very far in front of me on the way to school. I don’t remember how far of a walk it was. To me it seemed like at least 1/4 mile or more. I would cry because I couldn’t breathe. It is funny now, that I am an old lady then when I was in grade school, Headed up to school, first with Mrs Clark she was first and second grade teacher. Then Mrs Cryon (sp) taught grade 3,4. Do you of my age group remember Mrs Crayon giving us a spanking for cheating on a test. Most of us were not cheating we just got all the problems wrong. LOL I have very fond memories of sled ridding down the hill on the road right above us, or ridding from the mine to the bottom. I was to afraid to take my sled to the mine it would make me go way to fast. But now if my brother gave me ride on his I would go to the top. I wonder if the wild Snapdragons still bloom in the spring all along that hill across from the post office. (box 95). We would stop at Mr Murphy’s store for candy to eat on the way home. My dads nic was essa guy since no one went by their own names down in the mine. I do remember the whistle going off at noon. I remember there was death that happen down in the mine. And the wife of the man came to our house before she knew it was her brother, not her husband but she was crying and when my dad come in the kitchen door, she started to cry and ask my dad who was, he shook his head yes and she fainted right into his arms. So sad I remember that like yesterday. When we moved out of Gilman it was because my own brother had an accident playing in the snow in the back of the Durfee’s house.Him (Carl and another boy) were digging in the snow, they got caught in a mini Avalanche That was in 1966. My mom hated Gilman because of all the snow and always worried about my dad in the mine. So once that happen she said she was leaving and going to take me with her. So dad gave in and we all moved to Denver. dandjh@bresnan.net Judy Gomez-married name is now Hackney

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.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Hi I just found your sit and I’ve been to Rollins Pass meay times I have pictures from 1978 when you could still drive thru the needle eye tunal and cross the trestle. John lilorphan8@aol.com

Wednesday, April 03, 2013

I love reading about your adventures in the wild west. It sounds like every one had fun & RESPECTED evryone & everything unlike todays world. My brother LOUIE & I (PAUL) love travling to colorado. Some places we have been are Durango & Silverton, Denver, Colorado Springs, THE COORS BEER. paulzima61254@gmail.com

Monday, April 01, 2013

BTW…Ward is NOT a Ghost Town. We have an active town council, Mayor, and many flourishing residents!!

Monday, April 01, 2013

Hi Soraya! Sure miss you birthday buddy!

Saturday, March 30, 2013

when I was young I lived in the midway area not to far from there. Mr Hamilaton lived across the road from me and had a spray plane.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Doug Colorado Springs Would like to go there with someone to take photos and just look

Monday, March 25, 2013

Great site! Thanks for the time put into it to share with everyone! You caused me to make a few changes to an upcoming trip I have planned! 🙂 ~Dezdan

Friday, March 15, 2013

WOW! Great site. Been a ‘ghost town guy’ for 60 years, Colorado, Wyoming, New Mexico, Utah, Nevada, Wyoming, Montana, Idaho, South Dakota, and slightly in Washington/Oregon. The photos are great, sometimes directions to specific sites would help. I’ve been to mostly Colorado sites. Hiked a lot of ‘ghost railroads’ over the years. Led tours of ghost towns when I was younger. Tons of photos, which we are now working on cataloging by location and date. Do mostly ‘railfanning’ now. Keep up the GOOD WORK!!!!! Dan Kube Berthoud, CO oledanl@aol.com

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

I own the property with the ramp in the Sunrise City pictures on your site. It was the old wharf site for the town which was located at the other end of a tramway (like a railroad track) that curved along the toe of the slope just below the Point Comfort Cemetery (the graveyard in your pictures). The wharf buildings, etc were washed away in the earthquake (the Hope/Sunrise Museum has a photo of them heading downstream). I believe my property is the most beautiful place in Alaska and I am sure many visitors would agree. I also have the second highest tides in the world (about 42 foot differential from low to high in a single day). It is also interesting to note that each time the sun comes from behind a mountain it gets warmer as the direct sun hits you. Thank you for sharing the pictures. Ward alaskan@mail.com p.s. That grassy tidal field is filled with wildflowers every summer.

Saturday, March 09, 2013

The date was 1869, not 59. Also 50 Pawnee scouts were the first to enter the village and they killed any Cheyenne they saw, which was the way of the Plain’s Indian. These Dog Soldiers were some of the worst murderers on the plains. When I walked the site I could only wonder how many white people died at the hands of these murderers?

Rocky Says – THANKS for the correction – I will fix. I appreciate the input.

Friday, March 08, 2013

My e-mail was wrong on the last post and want to correct it, bt, it should be redberry620@gmail.com

Friday, March 08, 2013

I was six months old when I arrived in Orchard CO. The year was 1936 and I had just been adopted in Denver wher I was born. My future mother picked me up with on diper and a new baby blanket; the adoption paper cost $9.00. Thes were hard times and I was very fortunate to have a family which consited of an older sister and dad. My new mother and I boarded a train and the next stop was Orchard. This was to be my first home living along side the rail road track in abox car that was converted into living quarters. My dad worked for the rail road and that was part of his benfits, free housing. He worked on a rail car that two mem would pump to travel down the line looking for spikes and damaged ties. I was told by my mother that we were the lucky ones as lots of people would come by wver week asking if we could spare some food which my family shared as my dad always had a little garded and my mother canned veg. We lived ther untill I was about two years old and then moved to oklahoma. I had never return to orchard and only heard about the place through conversations with my parents. When I was 72, 2005 I had raised a family of my own and lost my wife of 45 years. Through the internet I started searching for any part of my other family if they still existed. The journey took me to Fort Morgan. While at Fort Morgan I drove out to Orchard to see what it was like. I spent about 45 min. driving up and down the few streets, It was a Sunday and I could tell ther were people still living there but I never saw any thing alive except apoor dog wondering along one of the streets. The experience was quite and experience. bt redberry620@gmail.com

Wednesday, March 06, 2013

I live in Leadville and happen to know the guy that was head of security for the Ginn Corp. He let me go to Gillman whenever I wanted. I could go onto the property on the other side of the highway. I asked if I could go into the old town with him to look around and take pictures and he would not let me because of large amounts of cyanide, asbestos and other dangers. Ginn stopped the development due to the economy, and mostly water rights.I took as many people there as I could to show them the beauty it has to offer. I have seen a model scale of what the plan is and it will be very neat when compleated, but also sad to see it change. I am still in contact with the gentelman in charge of the project and am looking forward to going back as soon as the snow melts! Please be aware of the risks of tresspassing.

Sunday, March 03, 2013

My dad’s family is from Russell Gulch. They were the Stevens my family would go up to the “cabin” in the summers when I was growing up. It was the house my grandma grew up in. My great uncle gave the cabin to a family who moved in one winter because he felt sorry for them. I was told my great grandfather owned the saloon and great uncles worked in the mines.They were originally from Cornwall England. When my grandmother died a relative had written about some of the family history it was interesting to read.

Monday, February 25, 2013

My wife, daughter and I explored Nevadaville on foot in the summer of 1976. While walking past some old tailings piles we surprisingly came upon two open, unprotected shafts or old ore passes. Scared the heck out of me, as anyone not being careful could have fallen in. We didn’t leave by going back through Central City, but rather took a steep, switch backed way out and down that came out back of Idaho Springs. That was a hair-raising but beautiful decent into I.S.

Monday, February 25, 2013

Stumbled across the Roggen pictures and brought back alot of fond memories.My mother and I moved there in 1948. She was the cook for Cuykendall Hereford ranch south of Roggen until early sixties I stayed on until the ranch sold in 1981. It or part of it is now a chicken type farm. tmarschall47@gmail.com

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

I am looking for people who stayed at the Tiger anywhere from 1970 (late) to March of 1973. My mom went by Isa and worked at the Goldpan. She said she lived in one of the cabins way down at the end. I guess they all called it the Tiger on the Swan commune! Looking at the pictures was great, and if anybody else has any info please e-mail! jessicacrim@hawaiiantel.net Thanks!

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

I just found this site, what a surprize to see that both my cousin & her daughter had submitted comments. Yes, I too am an ex-Jimtowner, my Grandparents were Dave & Ruth Goodard. My Mom, Abby is their oldest daughter. We lived off and on in and around Jimtown for years. However, we also lived in another ‘Ghost Town’ that you have listed, in Sunshine. To see Grandma & Grandpa,we would leave Sunshine drive up through Gold Hill, then go down Left Hand Canyon turn left at the bridge then on to Jimtown. When we weren’t actually living there,we made this trip every Sunday for dinner at Grandma & Grandpa’s. I remember, the gas pumps at the store, and getting candy there 2 for a penny & my Aunt Star buying me a soda for a nickel, and making sure we picked up the mail. The post office was also in the store. I remember my Dad and Uncles playing music for dances at the Town Hall and that area directly across from the Church was called the baseball field, at that time it was just called that because everyone that I knew, used it as a place to turn around in. I also remember that land that they later used as a tailings pond, was where Mrs. Cobb lived, Grandma use to get her eggs from her. (I think the tailings pond is now the where the baseball diamond is located.) It was exciting to see comments from Rosie and her brother Charlie Brown. I remember the Hamlin’s, the Jeske’s,Gunn’s,Perrin’s, Dayhoff’s,Jenson’s, Sapp’s, Pennington’s, Seltman’s, Daniels, Helen Duff and many many more. Thank you for offering this oppurtunity to remember Jimtown and all the good thoughts that go along with that. Sincerely,Barb Tyrer-Beauchamp,

Monday, February 11, 2013

Rocky: I enjoyed your section about Gilman, Co. I worked there in the summer of 1967. I was raised in the coal fields of Pa. and was studying engineering at the University of Kentucky. I wanted to see what hard rock mining was all about. At least I sure found out what not to do. I was interested in the post from Thursday Feb. 17 2011. I had to have lived down the hall from him. I can remember Ronnie, Francis and Howard. Skip was a contract diamond driller and Barney was a company man whose wife left him and went to Vail. Mark Boyce Central City, Pa. mark_boyce@yahoo.com

Saturday, February 09, 2013

I visited the site back in 2000. While driving there I played the soundtrack form Dances With Wolves, which made the day that much more eerie. It was easy to imagine the action that took place there, 131 years previous. It was as chilling as visiting Auscwitz.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

I lived and worked in Breckenridge in 1987 and loved Alma and hiking the divide. Thinking of coming out to visit the area and people again. Worked at the top of Peak 8 at the Vista Haus restaurant back then.

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Enjoyed reading about this, Thank you.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Great pictures. I don’t understand how anyone can just abandon these great buildings, and beautiful country land, not even sold to someone else!??!!

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Hi my name is Julia Duran Atkinson my grandfather Pedro Duran was born in Fierro in 1881 my father John Jaramillo (his mother was Rita Jaramillo)Duran was born in Fierro in 1917.Rita Jaramillo born in May 1891 or 1892 married Pedro in 1910 in Fierro.Grandpa Pedro brought his family to Los Angeles California shows up in the 1920 Census.1920 was the last information about grandma Rita Jaramillo we have not been able to find anything else about her it is as if she just vanished!By the time we were young kids grandpa was married to Clarita Torres which turns out to be Rita’s aunt.Rita’s mother Telesfora Torres and Clarita were sisters.As an adult and with much research I was able to put all this information together.As many of us say years ago no one talked about anything too bad for us that are trying to put our Ancestry together to leave to our kids.If any one has any insight as to my family it would be appreciated.jdatkinson2004@yahoo.com

Saturday, January 19, 2013

My Great Grandfather Jeremiah Thomas went to Nevadaville in about 1867. In 1868 he married Ellen Jenkins in Central City and one year later their first child, Charles was born. They left there after 3 new born daughters died during the first year of their lifes.

Wednesday, January 09, 2013

You could add HILL CITY to the Colorado ghost town list. This was another city that began big, but faded out in only about one year. Hill City erupted in 1881 near the headwaters of Williams Fork Creek, southwest of Berthoud Pass, on the old Hayden Wagon Road. Several hundred men scurried to the spot when some placer gold was found here. But many of the fortune seekers turned around and left within mere days or a few weeks. The site was named after Professor Nathaniel Hill.

Rocky Says – Never heard that the town was named after the Professor. I thought he was living in Denver and a US Senator from 1879 to 1885. 

Monday, January 07, 2013

I am the eldest child of Doris (Dougherty) Truby. I have many fond memories visiting Jamestown and my great grandfather David Goodard. The house with the broken windows is Dave Goodard’s home, and about 15 years ago my great uncle Al, David Goodard’s son told me that the old house was not worth fixing and he was just waiting for a good gust of wind to blow it over. I really miss those days.

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Howdy ya’all radnarusa@gmal.com, glad to meet ya’all hopin its them livin ya’all ‘ere more interested in. Hangin with them livin I am! Always lookin for a quick buck in this life and the the next one too. Honest though, only on the ups ya’all knows thet ya’ere! Rad! B seein u’s! Stay up!

Thursday, December 20, 2012

i think the ‘ oh my god road ‘ was the back way to idaho springs ( ? ). we used to take that road to shop at the safeway ( ? ) as there wasn’t much in bk/central city. i lived ( camped ) there briefly in the early 70’s before moving ( again briefly ) to a cabin in blackhawk. the rent was $20/mo. split 4 ways. i played guitar at the silver from 11 am to 5 pm for a while – $5/hr. crazy times back then !!! email:xbburtonx@gmail.com (silver slipper)

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

My parents were members of the Colorado Ghost Town Club and we made many trips over Rollins pass during the 60’s in our old Willys wagon. We caught many fish at pumphouse lake on the top where Rollinsville used to stand and I have fond memories of needles eye tunnel and the trestles. I can’t remember when the tunnel was closed by the forest service, but i visited for the last time in 1985. I now live down in central Florida, but I still have a bookcase full of books documenting the Colorado railroads which serviced many of the ghost towns and mining camps throughout the state. It’s nice to revisit periodically. Larry B

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

I have many fond memories of Russell Gulch, I lived with Martha Kennish on and off for several years and was devoted to Ma & Pa Schaffer, they all in their own way taught me a lot of life lessons, I was in Florida with my good friend Michelle when Martha’s house burned, my mother was from Orchard and when she was a little girl Martha gave her a sewing basket! Penelope Walker, Eureka Springs, Ar. walkerpenelope13@yahoo.com

Friday, November 30, 2012

I would like to ask anyone who sees this if they remember a solitary saloon from the 1800s somewhere in the Victor / Cripple Creek area. I saw it back in the 1970’s about 50 yards off the 2 lane road I was on. Weathered, but standing. You could still definitely read, “Midway Saloon.” I would like to know where it is and if it’s still there. If you have any ideas as to the location and pictures I am at PTaylor.1008@gmail.com Thank you so much.

Friday, November 30, 2012

It sure takes me back. I was raised in Colorado and I’ve been gone forty years. Nice to see a lot of things I remembered.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Hi this is Scott and Christy in Colorado Springs. I lived in Dunton for awhile in 83-84. I have lots of stories about those days! What a wild time.

Rocky Says – How about sharing some of those stories???

Saturday, November 24, 2012

I took my wife through Keota today on our way to Pawnee Buttes. I noticed at least one missile silo on the road, I would guess that explains the military that you saw.

Friday, November 16, 2012

I grew up in Meeker, Colorado and have seen quite a few of the old ghost towns but one of my favorites is Marble. It’s a beautiful place. I now live in Utah which has interesting history as well. emayh@ubtanet.com.

Sunday, November 04, 2012

in response to A viewer on- June 5, 2012 at Summit Springs – Much fenced off with “no trespassing” signs. Too bad this history isn’t available and more easily accessible. Private property owner’s shouldn’t be able to keep people out of places like this. 

If people visiting would not shoot holes in windmill and water tank and not tear down fences or cut wires maybe the property owner’s would be more receptive to visitors. Also had they thought about asking permission to enter private property?

Rocky Responds – I tend to agree with the comments. I made numerous phone calls etc to find the owners and they graciously allowed me access to the site. I can understand the owners concerns after viewing the vandalism in person.

Friday, November 02, 2012

As a young teenager, I lived in Tiger, Colorado twice when my father accepted employment from Henry Jarvis, the owner of the saw mill located in Tiger. All total, I spent about three years exploring the surrounding landscape, catching fish with my hands in the summer when water levels receded among tailing of the mining dredge that had turned over the river bottom. I have many fond memories of a simpler life that was full of mystery and adventure. I attended school in Breckenridge, Colorado. We lived in the hand-huded log cabins that had been slightly renovated. I remember hauling water by hand from a pond that was located at one end of the community. The woods crew that cut and skid logs doubled as the mill crew during the winter and when an order for rough lumber was needed to be cut. The only running water that we had came from the river and a 2 1/2 horse Briggs and Straten gas driven pump and garden hose that we buried deep underground between the river and our cabin. Our cabin was two stories and we had five wood stoves. A cook stove in the kitchen, an on the back covered porch for heating wash and bath water. We also had three pot belly stoves, one in the food pantry room that we kept lit throughout the winter to keep our canned good from freezing and a second pot-belly in the living room and a third in my parents bedroom. I slept in the kitchen during the winter and upstairs in my own bedroom in the spring summer and fall. I hunted for and collected antique bottles by the dozens and used some for target practice until I learned they were worth money. I sold my collection of 180 bottles to an antique dealer in Leadville, CO. I ran a trap line behind the saw mill as wildlife was fairly abundant. I discovered several sub-communities in the surrounding area within a day’s walk of the logging camp. I would be interested in talking with anyone who lived in Tiger from 1958 to 1962. I can be reached at danap18@comcast.net. I was saddened to learn that the local government torch Tiger which was such a wonderful and rich historical treasure that should have been preserved. I have only a few black and white photos. Posted: Nov 2, 2012 by B. STEC

Friday, November 02, 2012

Mike, My wife and I love to visit Colorado. We never tire of the mountains and their beauty. We especially love to visit ghost towns and off the commercially traveled areas. We have probably seen more of Colorado than a large majority of the Colorado population. We have visited Caribou about three times, but never really looked around extensively until this last time this August. Many of the stone foundations are visible on the side of the hill opposite the stone buildings. I counted about 15-20 separate foundations outlined by rock and surrounding flat areas. I am sure there were other buildings on the surrounding hills, but my wife was afraid to venture around those areas. I wanted to see the cemetery, but we were short on time as it was starting to rain on us. The covered mine at the end of the stone buildings was of some interest as I had not noticed this before. Was this the only mine near the town and if not where were the others? It is fascinating to hear of yours and others experiences. I hope you add more to this site. Thanks for your research in this fascinating area of Colorado. As others have said, Missouri has nothing to compare. Although I love it here in Kansas City, I look forward to visiting Colorado time and time again. My email is crfrancisco56@yahoo.com and I would love to hear from you. Bob and Kelly Francisco

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

if you have pics of Les/TonyCordoza from Russell Gulch (69-72) PLEASE post them here with Mike Thanks Les

Monday, October 29, 2012

I was born in Denver, but adopted by Donald and Byrnece Webb, who lived in Gilman, in 1949. I lived there until 1967 when I went away to college. I loved reading the information and memories about my home, and I found names of people that I remember! I am going to write some of my memories and send them to you! Meanwhile, keep up this great site and the research you are doing! Donna Webb Shultz dpalomina@aol.com

Friday, October 26, 2012

Mike, thank you, so much, for posting these pictures of the medicine wheel. Very powerful. Your cousin, Susan.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Hello, I am looking for any information or pictures of my Grandfather James Benjamin Gilchrist’s mercantile store in Fierro,NM. I t was called the Gilchrist & Dawson Mercantile store. My father was born in Fierro,NM. in 3-1910. Here is a link to some info on my grandfather Gilchrist. Scroll down to see pictures of the Fierro home my Dad was born in and pictures of his mother Minnie Gilchrist and him taken at the home where he was born in Fierro,NM.http://dancinglady.tripod.com/Scotlandhistorypictures.html This is my Grandfather Gilchrist. http://www.newmexicohistory.org/centennial/Delegates/Bio-Gilchrist-James-B.html

Thank you for any help you can give me. Kathleen Gilchrist Garrels email decoforever@yahoo.com

Friday, October 19, 2012

Just came across this wonderful page about Fierro. Our family is sitting here in California looking at your pictures. My dad is Cruz Gonzales married to Pearl. He was born and raised in Fierro to Luis and Francisca (Pancha) Gonzales. He says he can remember a lot of stories of the Llorona. He and his friends use to play a kind of handball at the Rebote by the arroyo. He also remembers playing baseball by the cometary. He remembers giving money to the manager as did the other players. The manager went to Juarez to buy those uniforms and came back with some ugly green uniforms. They named themselves the Parrots because of those uniforms. Soon after that they got new uniforms and changed their names. My parents moved to California and raised their children in Orange County. I, Brenda Gonzales Padilla (their daughter) now live in New Mexico and raised my children in Silver City. I just recently retired after teaching 26 years at Jose Barrios Elementary. We will come back to this page at another time with stories, names and pictures.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Came across this site while searching for information about a place I came across while camping and hiking in the mountains above George Town CO. as a young man in 1978. After all these years I was thinking about it again and thought it must have been something and is probably on the internet by now. By searching google maps I was able to figure out where we were and turns out it is the Santiago mine, saw the pictures and it brought back the memorys of exploring around there. Thanks for the site.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Just visited the Alta ghost town a few weeks ago. It is still ruggedly beautiful, even though a lot of it is in ruins. At least some of the structures are being preserved. Now if I could have only gotten up to the mine …. wanted to see if any of the aerial tramway was still intact !!

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Mogollon Ghost Town – Was just there on 11 OCT 2012. Be aware the cafe, museum, etc. are only open on weekends and holidays, mid-MAY through mid-OCT (there is a sign to that effect at the turnoff from the main road). Looks like they just had a flood that they were still cleaning up after. Was suprised to see a UPS truck coming in as we were going out. Jim, Colorado Springs.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Alta Ghost Town – I first visited the summer of 1982. Back then, you could wander through the buildings. Was just there on 09 OCT 2012. As other folks have mentioned, the town has been bought and fenced off. Still, it was worth a trip. And you have a great view of Lizard Head from the townsite (where the creek crosses the road). Was surprised that so much of the land downhill from Alta was fenced off and marked no trespassing, but that’s progress. By the way, drive a few more miles south and take the road to Dunton. That is an awesome drive for that any car can make. Thank you. Jim, Colorado Springs.

Friday, October 05, 2012

i came across your site and loved seeing pictures of Gilman. My Grandparents lived there from the 1950’s to 1984. My Grandfather was Joe Gash and my Grandma was Betty Gash. My Grandma worked at Murphy’s and after it closed at the Post Office. My Grandfather was welder in the mine and even helped bring the water lines into Gilman. My Dad is Don Green and he was in the 1st graduating class of Battle Mountain High School, but mostly went to Red Cliff. My Dad will tell em stories about ices scating on top of the garages, sledding near the dump and pin srtting at bowling alley and alot of other stuff that should have killed him. My uncle is Ed Gash and mu my Aunt is Wanda Gash Thompson. They both were born and raised in Gilman. As a military brat, Gilman is the place we alsways refered to as home. I still miss this great place.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Greetings to all who find interest and appreciate those places that once thrived in the history of America but have since been abandoned, or mostly abandoned by our evolving society. Does anybody have a source for reading about the history of Pearl, CO ? Other than this site, I have found some recent (less than 10 years old) photos of the town site and what remains of the copper smelter site. If anybody wants some photos of a particular location in Colorado and can’t find them elsewhere, I am an intrepid adventurer and would look forward to the adventure. R/ Bob r_hobart45@hotmail.com

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

On September 9, 2010 I wrote in about my grandmother who was born in Nevadaville. Her biologic father was John William Atkinson and her adoptive father (also her real uncle) was John J. Clark. I keep looking for more information on them. they are all buried at Bald Mountain. If you have any information, I would appreciate it. My new e-mail address is puzzleluber@hotmail.com I was just up at Bald Mountain Cemetery and visited Nevadaville last weekend. It is so interesting to try to picture the people as they lived their lives there.

Friday, September 21, 2012

I live in Keota, Oklahoma. Been here all my Choctaw life. There is no tribal headquarters here, the population is less than 600. we don’t even have a grocery store. one writer suggested that the Sac and Fox were headquartered here. Incorret !

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Find it interesting that parts of wild horse are missing…………who took the pictures anyway?

Monday, September 17, 2012

My husband discovered remains of a town in 1963 while elk hunting. A brass bell was on the ground with “1864” engraved on it. A little northeast of Williams Creek Lake in Pagosa Springs. I wrote a book about it. Never have found anything that shows much of a record. Have lived in Denver and Pine Junction. Love this site. Thanks. All the best – smstarkey.novels@yahoo.com

Thursday, September 13, 2012

I have discovered 500 shares of stock that my grandfather owned of the Swarthmore consolidated mining company. Can anyone give me any history of this mine? Thanks lynnskyrms@yahoo.com

Monday, September 10, 2012

I wrote in Aug 9, 2010 and also Oct 9, 2010, looking for information on my family that lived in Nevadaville. At the time my email was Shebbyluber@hotmail.com. Due to a fluke at hotmail I had to change my email to puzzleluber@hotmail.com. I would still like to learn more. My grandparents, aunts and uncles are buried there at Bald Mounatain. Names are Wollenweber, Atkinson, Clark, Seymour with ties involved.

Sunday, September 09, 2012

Marilyn – My parents had a cabin in Eldora in the 50s. It was located on Klondike Avenue, a humble one-room log cabin with a creepy and stinky outhouse. My Dad built on a kitchen and a little storage room along about 1958 or so. Some of my happiest memories are from this time and place. I walked to town to “The Hitchin’ Post” and bought penny candy from Mrs. Worthington, who was also the postmistress. I would then stop by and visit the the Kemps in their little gift shop. I was about 7 or 8 at the time. Can you imagine allowing a 7-year old kid to wander around alone? How times have changed. At least once a summer we hiked up to the old Lake Eldora Lodge, sometimes straight up from Eldora and sometimes from the Marysville side. We always took the dog along for protection. Saw a bear or two over the years.

Sunday, September 09, 2012

I have been a Colorado history buff since I was very young;now 60+. I loved reading all about your treasured memories of such long ago places I now have pictured in my head while reading your stories. Those days were hard with heartaches, sorrow, smiles and laughter which life was all about. I read all the comments about your lives, past and present, for this beautiful area of Colorado will remain “alive” forever for those who care about our past. Enjoyed very much! “Happy Trails. . .” Barbara Sept 9, 2012. bljsilverhorse1@hotmail.com

Saturday, September 08, 2012

I worked in yampa CO around 1982, 1983. Lived at the finger rock hatchery. Is that still around? Did creel census work at the Bear and Stillwater reservoirs for Colo Div of Wildlife. Grew up in CO but hadn’t been there prior. Beautiful area – fun job. Spent my whole summer fishing and exploring surrounding places. One memory is working with a former Mr America named Vic Tanny Jr – the hatchery boss. Whatever happened to him? I’m Ken Ortiz. For anyone who shared these experiences with me, I’m at kjja12@gmail.com

Friday, August 17, 2012

I am looking for information about Jarbridge,Nevada. There was a gold mine there in the 1920s and 1930s that my great uncle and his brother in law worked in. Alison St. Paul, MN

Friday, August 17, 2012

My grandparents met in Wild Horse and my mother was born there. My grandfather, T.J. McNevin founded and published the newspaper The Wild Horse Times. He also sold real estate and worked hard to promote the area. Alison St Paul, MN

Friday, August 17, 2012

My Aunt owned a cabin in Fulford. Our families spent a lot of summers up there hiking and fishing and goofing off. Awesome place to visit.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

name is freddy barreras. born and raised there. dad worked in mine. best memories of my life are from roaming the hills. left in 1965 after graduating from cobre high. still love going back there.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Russell Gulch –wow. Found this site looking for Idaho Springs stuff, lived there 76-77. Summer of 76 I worked in C. City–drove the “Oh my god” both ways & got to where I knew it well enough to go 30 mph. Started snowing so bad one day that June that the Chandelier Shoppe (?) closed for maybe 1st time ever. Anyway, I’m an Okie, what did I know, so headed back over the mountain. The snow go so deep at the Gulch my VW went off in the bar ditch. I saw a house with lights so walked up there. The guy there took me on over to a house with a phone so I could call my family in IS, and someone (him?) had a truck with a winch. They got my bug out & I spent a very cold night with him in his unheated house. Turns out he was another okie. Thanks for stirring up that memory. I may still have some pics for you of how beautiful the quakies were up at the gulch that fall. Another time on my way to work in CC, the tie-rod on my VW broke, and I gathered speed almost all the way down from the Gulch till my car came to a stop in Tyler Mchuen’s (sp) yard–just missed the house! It was the little pink house on the right as you came down into CC. He was bartender at the Gold Coin in CC. Thanks again for the memories! Lisa in OK

Sunday, August 12, 2012

I have lived in CO. for less than 2 years. I moved out here from Maine and I haven’t left yet. I love ghost towns, and have found a few thanks to this site. I love to find some of the old ghost mines also. If anyone has any places they would like to share . I would appreciate it . thanks so much Dena denadar1@gmail.com

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Looking for information regarding the Saunier Farm across the railroad tracks in Weldona Colo. Also information of the Presbyterian Church of Weldona, Co. shown in Photos on this web site. Some of my family donated the Stained Glass window shown in the pictures above. Would be interested in knowing what happened to that window and or the church in the city of Weldona. Please contact me at jeffrey_saunier@att.net. Thank you

Tuesday, August 07, 2012

I was born in Longmont and lived in Colorado up until I was 16 and I do not ever remember visiting the ghost town of Keota until my brother, whom lives not to far from Pawnee Buttes, took me to the Buttes to take pictures. We drove through the remains of this town on the way. Very interesting history. Carla, Solon Iowa

Thursday, August 02, 2012

Well I wrote back in 2009 saying my dad Anthony James Reymann was born in Wildhorse in 1907, and someday I would like to visit . Well today that wish came true took pictures and spoke to Curtis and Kevin! Learned a lot from the two great gentlemen!

Rocky Says – Great, I am glad you got the opportunity. If you have things you want to share send them to me..

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

I hope u see this my Dad was Eldrid Dronen and we were friends with Les Ashbury…I had such a crush on Greg Ashbury….please contact me karadronen@yahoo.com

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Kara Dronen karadronen@yahoo.com I now live in Rawlins WY

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

I was born in Leadville but grew up in Gilman…I have so many memories of Gilman…my Dad was a Miner but he also drove the ambulance…I also remember the wild flowers there…columbines. I also remember how i would not ride a bike there cuz the canyon was toooo scary and how some of the trailers hung over the side of the cliff.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Greetings from Ontario, California I am looking for any information on Samuel Thomas Ashley, my 2x great grandfather, who lived in Bonanza til his death 1939. My 2x great grandmother was Rebecca, she passed in 1932, in Bonanza. My grandfather, John Wesley Ashley was born in Trinidad in 1905. If there is any information about, I would appreciate anything about my relations. I can be reached at norman_91789@yahoo.com Regards, Norman

Friday, July 20, 2012

To: Les Cardoza Several photos of you and your brother Tony have recently been re-discovered and are now in Russell Gulch. Seems to be a wedding in the Pewabic House. Tony had lighter colored hair, is that correct? And your goat (remember that?) is long gone. To : Others of Italian heritage. We have house cats named Reiva and Simoni.Certain names that are mentioned are prominent in our property chain-of-titles and the homes are still owner occupied. The oldtimers built and maintained nice homes and have our thanks for providing us with same. We hope to pass them along to others in good condition. Russell Gulch was and remains a very eclectic community. In the old days there were people of every ethnicity living in harmony. So it continues, the wealthy ruling class dildoes who would have it otherwise notwithstanding.

Thursday, July 05, 2012

I went to Crystal in 1969 with my boyfriend of the time. We made it in my 1965 Mustang, although it took 3 tries and one crisis of getting stuck in the middle of a creek. It was one of the most beautiful places on earth, as far as I was concerned. All the cabins were empty except for one, which housed a caretaker, of sorts, who told us we were welcome to camp there, which we did. I will never forget it, and it still figures in my imagination as a place I would love to live. Very inaccesible then, except by 4 wheel drive. I have never been back, although I hope to, someday.

Sunday, July 01, 2012

I was riding West cross country from California to Kentucky and back when I came upon this cool little town. I was not going to stop until I saw the name “Wild Horse”. It seemed meant to be that I should turn around and make this stop…since I was on my iron horse and wild as hell. I took some shots of my bike in front of a little building and kicked a few rocks. I wanted to stay but the breeze was calling me…gotta get to gettin’ she said. So I left. Made it home a few days later just in time for that little red headed grandson to run into my arms. Life is good and hey…thanks for the memories “Wild Horse”.

Friday, June 29, 2012

We visited the town of Crystal in the summer of 1976. Two sisters lived in the two-story house across from the Crystal post office. They were the only residents at that time and “ran” the post office and sold pop from the cooler, which was a mountain stream, running between the house and the post office. We had read of the town in MotorHome Life, a magazine that featured places to visit. Ladies had not seen the article. I gave them my copy of magazine. They were very interesting women, and we could have visited much longer had we the time. They were not young in 1976. Does anyone know of them?

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

I was so happy and surprised to come across this site. My grandfather, Juan Manuel Araujo owned the store in the town of Fierro. It is the white bldg with the green awnings. He also owned the gold colored house in the pictures that were right next to the store. My fondest childhood memories were in Fierro as our family lived in California and my brothers, my cousins and I would all spend the entire summer in Fierro with my grandparents. We ran the hills all day, built a tree house, explored the school that has since been taken down, raced down the main street, scraped our knees, got splinters in our fingers and sap in our hair. I agree that the chapel is the most beautiful little chapel around and the murals are absolutely beautiful. I made wonderful childhood friends there also. I wish Fierro were still the same so my children could have enjoyed the childhood innocence of that place. I go back there every couple of years and the house and store still stands…I walk through both and they seem so much smaller than what I remember. My grandma Minga would wake early and make homemade tortillas every morning for us. We would love when the railroad stopped across the street from our house and the conductors would come into the store to buy food and drinks. Us kids all took turns ringing them up on the cash register with the lever….I can’t say enough about this town and it will forever been embedded in my memory. Theresa Araujo Okamura; teokamura@verizon.net.

Monday, June 25, 2012

I have a friend/neighbor who is from California and now lives here in Denver,CO. He has always been curious about Ghost towns and would like to see some. Will tell him about this website. I’ll be back again. Thank you for this website. Very informative and good information here. Have a great day!

Sunday, June 10, 2012

I was so astonished to find this page. From 1967 through the early 70s, my husband worked for New Jersey Zinc Company in Hanover, New Mexico and we lived in one of the company houses up on the hill. We were there during the time that the New Jersey Zinc mine closed. During the last few days, as the men were closing everything down, we took a great many picture of the process of closing the mine down for good. Many years ago, I spoke to someone at the museum in Silver City and they told me that, to their knowledge, there were NO pictures of the NJZ mine as it was closing down. I sent off copies of my photos to them several years ago. I still have copies of those photos. IF there is any possibility that you would be able to use any of those photos for this site, please DO get in touch with me and I would be happy to send a set of copies to you! I no longer remember the names of many of the people who were in the photos – but it is quite possible that the visitors to your site might recognize some of those folks. Best to you all, Phyllis in Westminster, Colorado debj4@dim.com

Monday, June 04, 2012

George Raymond again from Huntingtin Beach CA. I wish to thank this web site and all who responded to my request for information on the Raymond’s from the Bonanza area. Dona and I traveled to Colorado July 2011 and after riding the old trains, we traveled to Bonanza and Exchequer. We were successful in finding The Raymond burial plot and “Potato John’s” grave. We found the aproximate location of the Raymond Ranch. As a results, we have made contact with some of the Raymond decendants, one in Grand Junction, and one in Northern California. We left information we had on the Raymond’s at the Saguache County Museum. We located the Cotton Creek Cemetery where other family members are buried. The Grave stones are nocked over and broken. We have Iva (Ivy) Davidson’s Weding book for her marrage to James G. RaymondSept. 25, 1916 in Salida. Her patents were cook and caretaket at the Co. Hospatal. We have an old postcard showing the Jackson Hotel (Landmark of the Rockies) at Poncha Springs and a postcard from James in Bonanza to Ivy in Salida Aug. 1910. One cent stamp. We also got a copy of the song that was written to honor James after his death resulting from a mining accident at the Cocomonoga quarts mine near Bonanza. Thanks again, GRAYMOND@socal.rr.com

Sunday, June 03, 2012

Sure wish the woman that had worked at Gilman had signed her name. Now I am so curious to who it is, and if you are in contact with the other 2 women that you lived with. I also lived and worked at Gilman, and knew the other women. Would be great to touch base with you. If you should see this message, I can be reached by email at kmaebarnes@gmail.com Kathy

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Thanks for the memorial day story you shared with us. So true I have to admit, there have been times that we took advantage of the long weekend and did some camping. When home though we always attended the memorial day program in Wanda, MN or Pipestone, MN. This year we traveled to Pipestone to attend my fathers legion post ceremony. We had not attended Pipestone’s program since dad’s death. So it was bitter sweet. I’ll never forget how proud our boys were to watch their Grandpa shoot the guns in the 21 gun salute that they do. Then they each got to bring home a empty shell from the gun their Grandpa had shot. They thought that was so cool. I’m pretty sure that they have that shell tucked away somewhere in one of their boxes. Then after the ceremony it’s time to do the traditional walk and visit the graves of all the relatives buried in Pipestone. Again a bitter sweet time. It brought back so many memories of years gone by. Yes, it is important that we remember our dead. Pray for their souls, so that one day we will all have one huge reunion together in heaven forever. Thanks veterans for keeping our country Free!. Dawn, Wanda,MN

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Thank you for this site. And to all. Who are working to keep the lost history of this country alive for our youth, to learn. I appreciate the time, you put in. Kimberly

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

In tracing back my family tree I found out that I am a direct descendent of William Greenberry Russell who this are was named after. I loved seeing these pictures and just wanted to thank everyone for all of their hard work in getting this information on the web! Robin Russell O’Grady 3201mu@gmail.com

Monday, May 28, 2012

p.s. I forgot to mention Martha is buried beside a stranger to most of us in her family. She is also buried beside one of her daughters and a grandchild, Paula and Cecilia Stinson. The Stinsons lived in the house in Russell Gulch. Aunt Paula died in Texas, her husband was in the military, but her daughter died when they were living in the house in Russell Gulch in March of 1955. Please excuse my typing errors.

Monday, May 28, 2012

I apologize for my lack of tech. skills, if this is a rehash Re: Martha Kennish. Interesting that she elicited the comment of being a character out of the book Centennial. I like that. You probably know Orchard, Co., was used as the town of Centennial to film the series. Other parts were filmed around Jackson Lake and north of Weldona. Anyway Martha and her husband William Kennish owned a grocery store in Orchard. Martha married William Kennish on 6 Oct. 1909. They had four children, twenty grandchildren and at my count 41 great-grandchildren. I can’t for the life of me figure why she would give the impression, let alone say that she was of Welsh heritage. Kennish is not Welsh it is Manx. My great-grandfather Robert Kennish was from the Isle of Man. Martha was born to Frank N. Harshman and Laura E. Bullard on May 16, 1889. She died on May 15,1984. I truly loved my grandmother, who had a tremendous influence on me. She started me on my hobby of genealogy with stories of her family, etc. The stories told by her are pretty well documented and I now that everybody in the family, including her, is aware that the Kennish heritage is Manx. Martha was a very complex person. She was estranged from most in her family,including her siblings, children and descendents much of her life. When the depression hit she and my grandfather lost everything they owned except for one farm, which we called the home place, at Wiggins, Co. MK went to Denver and worked as a maid and caretaker for a widower with seven children, to help pay the mortgage on the farm. This happened before I was born. Their marriage was contentious to say the least. When she demanded settlemnt of the farm, I asked my grandad why they didn’t just divorce and settle it, he replied, “Your grandmother doesn’t believe in divorce, she’s Catholic.” When I pointed out that he wasn’t, he filed. She became furious with me for suggesting that they get divorced. She tore up the divorce papers when they were served on her by the Gilpin County Sherriff. She never spoke to me again, until the day my mother died. They never divorced, but never lived together after I was born (1934). MK’s life style was self chosen, i.e. lack of modern conveniences. I think I understand her better than most of the family. She was extremely kind to strangers, but was cold towards most of her family. She demanded more of her family members than others. It was never a financial demand but she held them to her moral standards, which I believe were quite high. She was extremely judgemental and seldom acknowleged let alone praised anyone’s accomplishments in her family. She is the only person I have known who could walk into an empty room and start a fight. Tom

Monday, May 28, 2012

I took my children ages 4 and 10, to Alta lakes townsite in 1983. We drove up there in an old Land Cruiser. We camped several days, never saw another soul. The buildings were open and full of artifacts. So sad to hear it is to be developed. We have great memories. I wish it could have been saved as a historic site.

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Does anyone know of or remember John Ross? Last I heard of him he was living in Silverton. Tom Mall

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

May 13 2012 Best Mother’s Day EVER!!! Magnolia Mill, Snow, Pussy Willows, Dinner in Como…. Thank you Colorado!

Monday, May 21, 2012

What a stroll down memory lane, reading your comments about Eldora! I played guitar with a local there in the late ’70’s and early ’80’s. I have many fond memories of that beautiful little town, especially strumming outside amongst the wildflowers in the summer! Thanks for a great site, Kristy in AZ (missing CO)

Thursday, May 17, 2012

May 17, 2012 Someone posted a comment about 4 women working at the Gilman mine after 1972. I was one of the four women who worked there in 1974-1975. I lived in one of the houses owned by New Jersey Zinc Mine with 2 friends. The house had hard-wood floors and large windows in the front room and looked out on an incredibly beautiful view that was almost surreal. Everyday we would walk up the stairs that led from the lower row of the houses to the mine bldg., change clothes in a tiny, tiny changing room with 1 shower, load onto the ‘cage’ and be lowered into the depths of the mine & then walk to our designated work areas. At times it was very trying to be a woman underground because a lot of the old miners felt that women underground meant bad luck so we weren’t always welcomed. However, the experience of living in Gilman & working in the mine are memories that are with me forever & would never change anything about that spectacular time of my life.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

I came across this site as i was telling a friend about my trips to Bonanza. my friend Fabian owns a cabin in Bonanza and has invited me to go for a weekend retreat. What a beautiful, peaceful place. We invited my son for one of the weekend trips and he liked it and could not believe the black sky with silver stars sparkling at us. The walks on the dirt roads and the resting on the deck is well worth the four hour trip from Albuquerque. Don’t get any bigger Bonanza!! Rosalie from Albuquerque, NM

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Thank you for this site! I made my first trip to Grover as a college class project, and really enjoyed driving around, looking at the homes and buildings before going on to Keota. I can’t wait to get back and spend more time!

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Ive been looking into the history of roggen & was wondering whats the story behing the prairie lodge motel. I went & took pics of it a few weeks ago & it just sits with all the doors wide open, does anyone know why it was abondoned. That goes for all the businesses? If anyone has any info please email me at mistywalls82@gmail.com

Monday, May 07, 2012

Does anyone in Silverton remember Jody and Teressa Booker? if so and you have an address or phone # or you talk to them, would you give them my email address and phone #/ Jody is a cousin of mine and I lost touch with them when they left Silverton. Muchly appreciate your help. My name is Gina Booker Hampton my email is ginabookerhampton@hotmail.com. Thank you for your help. Ph #( 970-247-8051! thank you!

Monday, April 30, 2012

Just got back from Co. Fell in love with the area including Gilman-and its history. Will be doing much research on it, and the surrounding areas

Saturday, April 28, 2012

4/27/12 visited site, tried to envision how mine operated, mainly interested in railroading, poked around loadout at Belden, Former D&RG starting to look forlorn with trees between rails and rocks on ROW, wonder what UP will do with this line, probably will never see manifest freights again. Minturn is becomming “yuppified” liked it better before. My doctor Ricardo Pena is from there, his g’father worked for NJ Zinc.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

We are a General contractor in Denver Colorado. Weld County plans on bulding a sand and grader building just outside your town. I drove there the other day for a view of the site. Curious if there are any tradesman in the town or surrounding area, whom could bid on work for this project. Like anything else, the more locals involved the better for your economy. My email is steve@rmagroup.com, maybe theres some connections out there locally for this project to help benefit the town.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Hi,  We saw a post of yours about the Gillman mines. Family researching my grandparents, and found they lived in a place called Bells-Camp (1936-1940)   Can’t locate on any maps (census or goggle maps). Was curious if you knew of this place, or any history about a location of the Camp?. Thanks craco274@msn.com

Sunday, April 08, 2012

I’m looking for a job out west more so south west to fix up any ghost town . I would be willing to relocate year round to work and to live ….. This is my life long wish please help me full fill my wish . Woodwizerd@aol.com

Wednesday, April 04, 2012

I enjoy your site. I grew up in Weldona. The building behind the Catholic Church was the old Union Pacific RR depot. Alas, there were no nude beaches when I was growing up. tmall1934@gmail.com

Wednesday, April 04, 2012

I enjoyed finding and reading about my Grandmother, Martha Kennish. It makes me smile over and over. One thing jumped out at me. She was not of Welsh descent. I athink the reminisence refers to one of her stories about the Welsh miners in the Blackhawk area. Martha’s maiden name was Harshman (German) her mother was a Bullard (English), but if you want to say she was Welsh it’s fine with me. She is the best read person I have known, including my college professors. I disgree about her being pleased about bring discussed on the internet. I can gaurantee she would never have owned a computer and nevver would have “wasted” her time on the internet. She would be reading a book. My favorite memory was of “Mamam” as we called her and I sat up all night reading War and Peace aloud to each other. Tom

Monday, March 26, 2012

I have tried to send an email but the address was not recognized. We used to live in RG and we have information about this. Please help us contact you. Thanks, Patricia and Sterling Bricker address is sterlingbricker@gmail.com

Saturday, March 24, 2012

My husband’s grandfather was the night watchman of Nevadaville in the 70’s His name was Virgirl (Pat) Green his old abanded trailor is in the gulley . I would love To live up there. Someone should buy the big old red house that I think belonged Many years ago to gene crosswhite not sure if that is how you spell his name And make a bed and breakfast. Save the town before the rich snobs turn it in to Lots. The person who could make a bed & breakfast and tour the town Fix it back up. My husband Charlies spent a lot of summers up there. Perry Mason even had one of the mines in it. The episode was the glass coffin. I do hope sombody will preserve the beautifulf part of colorado@ my e-mail is sweetrevenge57@sbcglobal.net……………………. please save history@

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

What a joy to find this site, and even more so, to see the photos from a place I also called “home.” Winter of 1972. I lived in one of the cabins down the road and on the left, with my then boyfriend Harvey. It was … honestly … one of the dearest, most treasured times of my life. Loved chopping wood, gathering water, and living in a place of such breathtaking, glorious beauty. Do you remember the full moon reflecting off the snow peaks? Beautiful. Also learned how to waitress at the Gold Pan Inn on days when we’d drive into town. I suppose the men were looking for work, I can’t recall, but I’ll never forget being told if I wanted to eat, if I could please just help by asking the rest of the folks in the dining room what they’d like (and then delivering it) … I could keep the tips and get my breakfast without charge. Those were such innocent days. Dirty hippies? Hardly. We were big-hearted. Spirited. In love with life. I was also under the impression that the cabins belonged to the father of one of the long-time residents … but I suppose that was just heresay. In any case … in short time Harvey and I parted, and I left the mountains never to return. Still trying to find my way back. My name was Beth.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

I have a post card in my collection mailed from Sunset in 1916. It is from “Viola” and mailed to a Mrs. WJ Bennett on Stuart St. in Denver. If you are interested, send me an e-mail. rampartrange05@msn.com

Thursday, March 15, 2012

My wife and I have lived in Colorado several times and have vowed to return when we retire. We do motorcycle rides here as often as we can the scenery is most beautiful. Boulder was the first place I came to back in 1968 when I left home for the first time, I was amazed by the mountains and surroundings and the people such a beautiful place. I use your pictures on this site as my computer back ground and everyone here at works loves them each time they pass by. Thank you so much for you time.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

My husband and I rented a cabin in Crystal City in 1972 for our honeymoon. It was a wonderful time and the memories are even more precious now that he is gone. One of our wedding presents was a painting of the mill done by a cousin. It has always hung over our fireplace no matter where we lived. It was nice to find this site and reminisce.

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Crystal Colorado the town, the mill, the mtns are one of the most beautiful places I have ever been. This place is very remote and can only be found by 4×4. Thanks to my parents and growing up in the Colorado mountains. I had the pleasure of standing very close to the mill with the raging water and having a picture taken with my father. My parents had this picture blown up, framed and hung above our stairs. Unfortunately the picture has been lost and all I have is the memory. I am 49 years old and will never forget this place. Simply God’s magnificent work! The pictures are beautiful. Thank you!!

Monday, February 27, 2012

I was just in Colorado last week to visit my brother in Frisco and he brought me for a tour of the area and made sure that we drove past this town he saw but didn’t know anything about. Myself being a computer addict had to look it up as soon as I had the opportunity. I am glad I did.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Rocky, Thank you for posting my comment on here for my father Les Asbury,April 15, 1931-Jan.15, 2012 he would have loved this site. Anyway I need to inform you I got hacked a couple of weeks ago and it compromised all 77 contacts in my email, they all got a letter saying I was in Spain and needed money for surjury so I could come home, totally Bogus, I would never ask people for money by email! However I want to give you my new email so we can continue to keep in touch. here is is Sandra Asbury-Kelly sakelly95@gmail.com. The only positive thing is I no longer have 1000 junk mails to go through, thank you worthless hacker! this is a very worthy site for people about Colorado Ghosttowns, I have given it to several peole, and I encourage all of us to TIP so we can continue to use this site! please tell me how I can post a photo on here!

Monday, February 20, 2012

My mother, Shirley Jeanne Greenfield, was born in Russel Gulch in 1941. Her parents were William and Marie Greenfield. She had four sisters, Wilma (Billie), Sherry, Beverly and Barbara (twins), and one brother, Merris (Maris?). My mom told many stories of my grandpa and how much he loved the mountain roads! The family eventually moved to Boulder, not sure which year. My mom passed away almost 10 years ago. In about 1979 or 1980, she was able to go to Russel Gulch and took a picture in front of the house she lived in. I’ve had a good time reading all the memories people have shared about this town. If anyone remembers my mom or anyone in her family, I would love to hear from you. Maybe when I am in CO next, my husband and I will come to Russel Gulch! Thanx for the stories, Karen in Las Vegas, NV – katkakes@aol.com

Thursday, February 16, 2012

I visited Russell Gulch back in the 1990’s. We stumbled upon it by accident. We were hanging out in Idaho Springs and kept hearing about some road called “Oh MY God” Rd. Everyone told us to stay away from it. They would say “You don’t want to travel that road, it’s dangerous…no guard rails, narrow, straight drop.” By about the third time we heard it, my other half, Randy said, “We’re going on it.” Well, it was definitely a white knuckler on the way up. At the top, we stumbled upon Russell Gulch. Not a soul in sight. Buildings, houses, it was like people just up and left. The weirdest thing was this store with a big sign saying “POTTERY”. So we went in. All the pottery was on shelves neatly displayed as though we had entered into a country store. Not a soul in sight! There was a sign that read…”choose your pottery and either leave your money on the counter, and there’s credit card vouchers underneath the cabinet.” We stood there scratching our heads wondering the whole time if we were being watched. I even went outside the store to see if anyone was watching us. Not a soul in sight!…This was one of the weirdest experiences we ever had. Carmen and Randy

Monday, February 13, 2012

If someone could please look into how many accidents there have been between the town of Minturn, CO and Redcliff, CO and post specifics that would be a very interesting.

Monday, February 06, 2012

Im from wales and my great great uncle left wales for colorado to mine gold. He met his wife over there. His name was Samuel GLadstone Hughes.

Friday, February 03, 2012

Also,would like to express great surprise for finding pics of my hometown, Fierro!! I was born in Silver City, NM as most residents were, but grew up, went to grade school, and left when my father, Manuel G. Parra, took our family to live in Deming, NM and work the mine outside of town (Floritas mountains). My grandfather, Merced B. Campos, and grandmother, Juanita, and their 3 kids, Cruz (Cuy), Tivida Loya, and my mom Simona, all lived there for many years. Grandpa had his home right across the big open space from the cemetary, where he now rests along with grandma, and alot others including our neighbors, the Donez family. I only remember Virginia Arciero and Lupe (?) from my first grade class. We lived right on the main road where the railroad crossing was to get to the bar and the home of the Tovars. Tony and Pingua were my buddies and we played kid games all the time including throwing rocks and running on the railroad track. Ha! Chava Donez and Maria (Donez) Hernandez are still very close to us. My dad passed in 2006 and mom followed in 2011. Their eyes would always get real big if we mentioned Fierro or teased about taking a trip there. Our good friends, Felipe and Josie Garcia, from Bayard also talked endlessly of all the relatives and friends we all had there for the many years of their lives. Of course, everyone worked at Asarco or other mines in the area…Cuy eventually moved to Tucson and became a controller there. Our family ended up in Bagdad, Az after many years in Deming. The Rodriquez family and others also moved to Bagdad for work, and many moved back to the Santa Rita area after retirement. Speaking of the St. Anthony Church, I was named after it and also because I was born on June 20, close to San Antonio day. I vividly remember (circa 1952) going to mass there, the school next to it, the main store, the post office, el posito or the watering hole for our drinking water, the road past the post office where we would go into the mountains to cut old dead trees for firewood in my Uncle Cuy’s Model A…Ha!! Cuy, grandpa and I would go. Cuy’s wife, my Aunt, Lucriasa (Lukie), Xavier, and Jennie, my cousins would stay home. We left Fierro somewhere around 1957 for Deming, and left Deming in 1960 for Bagdad. I haven’t been back since…after grandpa died, I just couldn’t emotionally handle the sadness of all my childhood memories gone in the wind. I still remember the big white clouds and have never seen them anywhere again. When I die, I will stop by and visit Fierro for a minute before I make my way to Heaven and see all my loved ones again. Thanks for the pics…they touched my heart. Sincerly, Antonio (Tony) Campos Parra, oldest son of Manual and Simona Parra, brother to Samuel (Sammy) and sisters, Manuela (Mellie) and Esperanza (Hope) Parra. I can be contacted at mascotman1@yahoo.com. I currently live in Chicago, but like I said, my heart is still in Fierro, and always will be.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Thanks for all the great posts, esp. R. Gulch and area- wonderful site!!!

Friday, January 27, 2012

I have enjoyed your website over the years. Although I was raised in Kansas, my parents were born in Colorado. We spent our summer vacations visiting relatives across Colorado, where my grandfather was a forest ranger on my mom’s side of the family, and my dad’s mother raised chickens near Berthoud. I inherited a love for Colorado. I even wrote a novel, MOONLIGHT ON THE MOUNTAIN, in which “Maggie escapes to an old mining town in the Colorado Rockies to rehearse her dreams of becoming a free-spirited writer.” I hope to visit Colorado this summer. Research for another novel! helen.hertha@live.com

Friday, January 27, 2012

January 27, 2012: I believe the town of Exchequer(ville), above Bonanza, even had a post office from July 22, 1881 to June 6, 1883. I have been hunting for that postmark for my collection for years. Bonanza had a post office from 1880 to 1938. This wonderful website helps me make it through the winter until I can make my annual return to the “real” mountains each summer or fall and visit some of the absolutely most beautiful places in the world. Thanks Mike. An Appalachian Native, Robert Hamill hamillr@att.net

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

christina i grew up in hanover nm in the 1990’s. we raised horses, chickens, sheep, and goats. my grandparents also grew a few crops out there. i used to love walking the trail by my house. the old barn my grandpa built in his earlier years still stands. still go over there in the summers for a good hike.

Monday, January 23, 2012

I worked in Gilman as a summer missionary in 1980. Then is was a small community atop the mountain. There were two of us who worked this area, as well as the towns of Minturn and Red Cliff. The little community of Gilman had a small playground on the top of the mountain, with the homes supported on poles, hanging halfway over the mountain. I don’t remember how many balls we lost over the fence into the river 1200 feet below, but we did have a great time there. It is sad to see it now a Ghost Town.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Hello, My name is Sandra Asbury Kelly, I posted a comment a while back and I found & read it in the blog section anyway I wanted to find it again and can’t. Long story short it was about the town plumber my dad in Gilman, and the school, and slide. He died Jan 15 2012 and I wanted to post a picture of him. I did not get to tell him sadly that i saw it posted he would have been proud to see his name in my article.We lived there 1963 – 1967. 5 yrs We moved in 1969 to Ariz., and he worked for Kennecott Copper after a strike three years later he moved back to Lafayette, Co & after 28 years moved back to his childhood roots in Fort Collins, I posted an obit in the Fence Post magazine. He was a pipefitter Union Member for Over 40 yars Local # 208 out of Denver, Co. Anyway I would like to print my comment from your site as a memento if you dont mind. I did not save a copy. I took care of him the last two years, he had become a legend to everyone one he knew for his being the tractor guy in later years with the overalls and trademark colorful welding caps, his favorite one had jelly beans on it, and his corny off the wall jokes, Leslie (Les ) E. Asbury April 15, 1931- January 15, 2012 In Gilman he started in the mine and not for long he moved to night watchman then mechanic in the garges, then finally the plumber in five years time.He studied welding and pipefitting at Kennecott, completed their program .He worked many jobs around the front range area during the 70 ‘s and 80’s, did mechanic work out of his home till he died, but he got his start in Gilman and I had shown him pictures of the site photos on flicker of the old furnace and he said he had to go check the furnace you had to keep coal in it, and the guy before him who took over was supposed to keep the coal bin full for the next shift but he would fall asleep and dad would come in to take over and he’d have to hurry up and get the coal so one night my dad put some rocks in there when he left and it made the guy have to go in real early and fix it. Snow six months to eight months of the year but man the pretties summer you ever saw, it was so beautiful way up that high on the mountain. we always were told as children not to go and play down by the big blower hole on the side of the mountain it was dangerous, so we were afraid of it. Again the school bell they picked a different kid every day to ring it. I’m on your email list so hope to hear soon. but just in case kelcrow182@msn.com

Monday, January 16, 2012

As I read through your Russell Gulch, Black Hawk, and other town pages and memories. I envy the people have photos of family. My grand father Mike Angelo Rosetta owned the Angelina Mine. There isn’t any info on that mine I can find. Antonio Andreatta owned the Lulu mine for a while. I would like to ask if anyone know anything about the Rosetta, Hines and Andreatta family please email me : tessadri@venturecomm.net. Jacque McDonnell

Monday, January 16, 2012

There were women who worked at New Jersey Zinc Mine after 1972. There were at least 4 women. Women also worked in Climax Mine in Leadville area. Nothing much mentioned about them. Some worked there because it was better wages and they were women who had children to raise. Others wanted to do something different. What ever the reason mining was a mans world and they knew it.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

My wife and I went to Animas Forks 2 years ago. GREAT!

Sunday, January 15, 2012

WE visited this site at christmas this year when we went to Colorado to visit our daughter and grandkids.I loke you think this is the most beautiful ruins that I have ever seen. I took about 60 pictures and was amazed at every aspect of these ruins. The crazy thing in my pictures is that every picture I took of room #9 was blury as if I was told our spirits are here. Amazing is all I can say. maryc1013@gmail.com

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Hello fellow Gilman fans! I was born in Gilman in 1950 and only lived there for six months. My dad, Tom O’Neill was geologist for New Jersey Zinc there around that time until he was transferred to Spokane, WA. Does anyone remember him? I have photos of my parents at the Rod and Gun club but have never been there. scott1519@comcast.net

Saturday, January 14, 2012

My dad, Tom O’Neill was a geologist for New Jersey Zinc in Gilman from about 1948 to mis-1950.I was born in Gilman in 1950 but have no memories of it. We still have his mining helmet with the light on the front. It’s wonderful hearing everyone’s stories about life in Gilman. My mom kept her High Altitude Cookbook for years. I have a very nice black and white Photo of Gilman looking across a valley towards the town and mine. It was taken by Si Ostermeier probably around 1950. I’ve sent it to the webmaster to post. scott1519@comcast.net

Friday, January 13, 2012

Rich, Kansas City Mo, Responds to Sept. 14 2011 Russell Gulch post. The gentleman was Albert Lavata. He was my wife’s step-grandfather. He was born in Russell Gulch about 1890. I am told he had four sisters and 1 brother. His father was a miner and was killed in the Glory Hole about 1900. I think the mother he spoke about was his father’s second wife and his step-mother. Albert worked early in his life hauling freight from Golden to Central City by horse and wagon. He went on to a career a with the Denver School District as a boiler operator. Albert married my wife’s grandmother when he was about sixty she was about forty. It was there second marriage for both of them. They lived in the area of Denver University. I still have several of Albert’s tools from his boiler days. I have been to Russel Gulch a number of times and from what the family has told me about his stories of childhood Albert grew up in a house on the north side of Upper Russell Gulch Road about a half mile east of the school.

Sunday, January 08, 2012

January 8, 2012, I worked in Alma and Fairplay in 1978. The town marshall for Alma (lived in the yellow Victorian shown in the pictures of Alma), used to talk about the the front room of the house on the second floor and how cold it was. He also talked about a story of a young girl that was visiting one day and she was playing and started screaming about something she saw in the house. No one saw anything so they tried to calm her by letting her look at photo albums of the family. She came across a picture and started screaming again saying, old man in stair, old man in stair. The picture was of the grandfather who had died in the house. I can’t remember the town marshal’s name. Living in Alma was quite an experience with so many stories of strange events that occurred there. Loved the experience, would love to reconnect with some of the people from that time. Richneal.constpm@yahoo.com

Sunday, January 08, 2012

Hi my name is Tim Davis I grew up in Boyero from the time I was born (1968) until I graduated HS (Hugo) my folks still live there I always go down most of your pictures were around my folks place but I’m always trying to find pictures of the earlier years of the buildings and more of the history have any ideas where I can find these thanks tdaviswelding87@gmail.com

Friday, January 06, 2012

I was born in Gilman Colorado in 1952, but raised in Red Cliff. Worked in the Mine from 1969-1975 during the summer and winter breaks from college. I am now a retired teacher. I have great memories of fun, hard winters,and hard work. I still go by there often. I still have family in RedCliff and Leadville. My dad was a miner for 25 years. My brothers also worked there. It was great growing up there. I attended Battle Mountain High School in Minturn, graduated in 1970. The mine provided me with the financial means to go to school. They were really good to me, allowing me to work during my vacations. Although it wasn’t what I really wanted to do during my time off from school, but my goal was more important, so underground I went. I learned a lot and worked with many hard working individuals. Some whom I never learned their real name because the majority had nick names. I was trained to do many jobs. I was a miner, cager, topper, motorman, on The Main Line to the mill and in all levels. I had my scary moments, but the experience was something I will never forget. I had the worst jobs to the best jobs, worked in the heat and in the cold. The people in RedCliff and Gilman was one big family. Many are gone and have moved on. But the memories are still there. It is strange to go by Gilman, my birthplace, and now see it as a Ghost town, silent, on the side of the mountain, but for anyone that worked underground still has the memories of the trains loaded with the ore mined by the sweat of the many men who made that place come alive, the yelling of; !!! fire in the hole!!!, the old phones ringing, the hoist running, the jack hammers and jack legs working away, making a living for the miner and his family, the blasting and the smell of dynamite, yet there were times of silence and pitch darkness, taking a break, laying down on a lagen (board), asking myself, What am I doing here? But then, quickly, I remind myself, My Education!! I can still close my eyes and relive my time underground and always thanked God each day for keeping me safe. I could go on and on, but I will stop here. R Sandoval rsandoval52@yahoo.com

Friday, January 06, 2012

I was born in Gilman Colorado in 1952, but raised in Red Cliff. Worked in the Mine from 1969-1975 during the summer and winter breaks from college. I am now a retired teacher. I have great memories of fun, hard winters,and hard work. I still go by there often. I still have family in RedCliff and Leadville. My dad was a miner for 25 years. My brothers also worked there. It was great growing up there.

Friday, January 06, 2012

Well after reading this sites postings I’m coming out there. Sounds like a place I would like to see. Hope it doesn’t get too popular. Bruce Hamilton, Dearborn, MI bhamilton143@gmail.com

Thursday, January 05, 2012

I lived in Sunset in 1985-1986. I lived in a cabin owned by Mike van Loon. I remember waking up one morning to find a herd of a cattle in the yard. there was also a donkey that was used for a silver mine lower down. Wonderful place, cold winters, terrible roads, almost died twice there. I live in Seattle but would love to move back, but brrrrrr too cold.

Sunday, January 01, 2012

I liked your site. The photos are neat. irbycomp@hotmail.com Danny

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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 lyndakersen@yahoo.com

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 rwise777@hotmail.com

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. catchone1@live.com

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 annmck@gmail.com

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 @ cooperhill1856@comcast.net

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 plplayboybunny23@aim.com

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. weavingsanchez@yahoo.com

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. hfolley@sbcglobal.net

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)allensmissus@yahoo.com

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 rkemptner@comcast.net

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 [dlopour@windstream.net] 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@ yahoo.com

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 janice_b692001@yahoo.com. 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

chrismiller528@charter.net 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@ yahoo.com.If 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 him.my brother steve knew him.my email is z_iggy61@hotmail.com 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), mjgallivan@gmail.com.

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? spierce@ccalt.org 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

pork….best 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.; doristruby@yahoo.com

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: sawdustbill@hotmail.com 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 http://stagestop1868.com (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: georgeldw@aol.com

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 emshoemaker@comcast.net. 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 http://miningcamps.blogspot.com/  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 dannafhome@yahoo.com

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 lobogirl@gmail.com

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. GRAYMOND@socal.rr.com 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. lovelyalero@hotmail.com

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 GRAYMOND@socal.rr.com

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 us662001@yahoo.com

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 Wayreth@msn.com

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

hello…my 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 [ planetjeff777@q.com ]

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 tessadri@venturecomm.net

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”. longmarknc@yahoo.com 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 cfreedman@wwdb.org.

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 jlrutz@yahoo.com

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: muskokajunebug@yahoo.com 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? cgolsson@gmail.com

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 savevulturemine.org 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 chrismiller528@charter.net 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? jddyess@yahoo.com

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!! djheise@earthlink.net

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 barry@stubbs.com

Saturday, November 13, 2010

I loved COLORADO THE 1ST TIME I SAW IT. I REALLY LIKE THE OLD WEST. paul.zima@mchsi.com 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. jt_russell@verizon.net

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 Amazon.com; 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

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/10/28/garden/28ghosttown.html?_r=2&scp=1&sq=colorado%20ghost%20town&st=cse 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 (celticfyre@frontier.com)

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 Shebbylubers@hotmail.com. 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 Canada….no 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

smokieii@hotmail.com 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 —http://www.rockymountainprofiles.com/sunshine_colorado_cemetery_record.htm

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 sendtojulie@hotmail.com.

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

john3andrews@yahoo.com 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 grhoward76@gmail.com

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 bonefinder@comcast.net 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 djorsd@msn.com. 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. email-dap905@aol.com

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 jstalgren@yahoo.com

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 suekewing@yahoo.com. 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 owner..to no avail… Please email me at amandaleet1972@yahoo.com. 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 beth@swilson.com

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 Zeman@FirstColorado.com www.FirstColorado.com

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 justachatter50@hotmail.com

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 lighthouse02@windstream.net.

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 velfred@sbcglobal.net

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! dsblair@gmail.com

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 Clososky@yahoo.com

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 forlorrie_h@yahoo.com 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 sbartlett59@yahoo.com

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 LLoe7@aol.com

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? llaitken@btinternet.com.

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 dazemae09@aol.com

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 tnrainmaker@aol.com

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. rio_rules54@yahoo.com

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 darts1969@embarqmail.com

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., sundrop@compuserve.com

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 hutched@yahoo.com

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 rogkathy@hotmail.com

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 Brookside1@gmail.com

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 teasea@frontier.com

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 jamesmac1957@yahoo.com

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 rosielong01@hotmail.com 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! nancyfarmer57@hotmail.com

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 walterwmk@yahoo.com. 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. www.almafoundation.com or ellenmcmichael@gmail.com

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 old-mags@centurytel.net

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 b_paterson2001@yahoo.com

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 rgray@wamail.net

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) verizon.net

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 teokamura@verizon.net

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. mhargrove2@earthlink.net

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 (mhargrove2@earthlink.net) 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 areymann@charter.net

Monday, December 21, 2009

I left the message about living in Gilman in the 50’s I wanted to leave my email address cotrout1942@comcast.net

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 monkaof10@yahoo.com 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  jarmintrout1973@live.com

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, cpurcell1@cox.net

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. prisillahall@insightbb.com

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 wallkj@ymail.com

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. dmonahan@bresnan.net

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, pmray51@yahoo.com

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? MLF020257@comcast.net

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… b_paterson2001@yahoo.com

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. chris7613@hotmail.com

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 danandnancy@bresnan.net

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 wezlzrds@cox.net

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 you..you 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 sd_roberts24@yahoo.com

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 dmonahan@bresnan.net

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 pass…..in 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 day…next 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 surf.zen@verizon.net. 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. mwkana@att.net

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 Gulch…as 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 saddle…in 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 more.danandnancy@bresnan.net

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. sundrop@compuserve.com

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. SweetAlaskanPeach@hotmail.com

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 cooperbird@juno.com

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 (patricktgreen@hotmail.com)

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 – SwankyBass@cs.com

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! paula.bancroft@dfas.mil

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: stellaabartzi@yahoo.gr

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: jimhorseguy@yahoo.com, 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 @ EKCorwin@yahoo.com. 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 rclhremp@ruraltel.net

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 rclhremp@ruraltel.net

Sunday, April 19, 2009

i am from Wisconsin ,and lived in Colorado during the 90s. i made a solo mt.bike 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.

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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 bikertrash651@verizon.net

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! lesley.bluetiger@yahoo.co.uk

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 hkesinger@classicnet.net 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 hutched@yahoo.com

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. velfred@sbcglobal.net 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 lhenk@frii.com 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 : ccangucu74@yahoo.com 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 Ripper…..my 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. Linda…ldbfw@aol.com 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 cmiller4@swbell.net

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 philoverson@cox.net

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 (khuff334@hotmail.com)

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 Cowpoocake@yahoo.com

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 jbel@rebeltec.net

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(lyleclark@cox.net)

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: sm12970@aol.com)

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! 😛 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: www.giftedhandswriting.com

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. denbro@bellsouth.net

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

gsallygirl@embarqmail.com 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, Co.is 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 www.CrazyAboutTravel.com  Dave – E-mail: CrazyAboutTravel@verizon.net

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. charles.n.york@lmco.com

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 lfanning35@msn.com

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 – kenripper@btinternet.com

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 jwwestvirginia2000@yahoo.com

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 dsblair@gmail.com 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 waynewhelessphotography.com email me at : knightstick94@msn.com

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 rkyriako@bigpond.net.au

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). jwil_032@yahoo.com

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. BarbDiemer@att.net


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 www.wildwestforum.com


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 matthewjohnunderwood@hotmail.com and here’s anna’s annaroserohlik@hotmail.com

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 – http://freepages.history.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~cescott/jhgregory.html

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. (ekdog11@sbcglobal.net).

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 usersuper1@msn.com

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. aemel@bellsouth.net

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. dvs1936@att.net

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 MO.by 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 jnewton62@comcast.net

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? dcopenha@hotmail.com


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. simoni_s@comcast.net – 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 orchard_littlejoe@yahoo.com

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 great…it 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@aol.com 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—- dkopisc@daktronics.com————— 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 Bugaroonie@att.net

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. / bfreece@bham.rr.com

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.http://www.kmitch.com/Huerfano/geogcol.htm Kurt……..Aka….cacher1858@aol.com 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. barbaravanderveen@Hotmail.com

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! smt_forever@yahoo.com

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 www.wyomingtalesandtrails.com 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 karmapace@hotmail.com

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 hoponseven@yahoo.com. 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 “mkitahara@aol.com”

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, tsjoelie@yahoo.co.uk

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: crohkar@comcast.net

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 again..read 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 ..one 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 @ yahoo.com

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 pegleg.pete@bigpond.com.au

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. jay43j@yahoo.com

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 SCronk31@aol.com

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 hepa.mueller@bluewin.ch

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. clay@alpineparadise.com

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 hembertt@yahoo.com 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 meah46@yahoo.com

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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 native1858@yahoo.com

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. Bruceschwa@aol.com

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 (braskey_1947@yahoo.com)

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 rclhremp@ruraltel.net

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, rclhremp@ruraltel.net

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

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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 mtgagnbear@earthlink.net

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 millerjuzix@aol.com

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 catkoal@aol.com

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 Evilavphi1@cs.com

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. dowelpeg@aol.com

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- pkrobinson@earthlink.net

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 alexeis66@verizon.net

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

John Thomas, Temecula California – john@warnerthomas.com – 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. gooslis@yahoo.com

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Nice site, hope to get up your way sometime. Kelly krtoydriver@netscape.net

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? robberhust@verizon.net

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! tracyferrell@hotmail.com

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 (Kelliev322@yahoo.com)

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 4×4 capabillity – figure I could introduce here to off-roading while delving into the history of Colorado. Thanks, Eric (carrion.crow666@gmail.com)

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. teacherlady1954@yahoo.com 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 petkov-feige@arcor.de 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.  ChrissJennie@hotmail.com

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 hpatm@wvi.com-

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! www.kiddofspeed.com 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 highlife@saunalahti.fi

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. bradnettle@aol.com

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. jahowton@yahoo.com

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 @ hugeback08@msn.com

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: www.danskwesternselskab.dk  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,    – www.therockerbox.com

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 jandssmaller@ctaz.com

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 rockymountainprofiles@comcast.net 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- www.soapysmith.net

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 4×4 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 Ghosttowns.com. 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