Everyone In Colorado Should Visit This One Ghost Town

Once upon a time, there was a booming mining town located in the mountains of Chaffee County, and all who lived there were proud of their home, which then consisted of saloons, hotels, dance halls, schools, stores and more than 150 prosperous mines within the area. One mine, which recovered a whopping $60,000,000 worth of gold during its operation, ran continuously from 1870 to 1925, when the railroad was eventually abandoned.

During its heyday, the town was a thriving haven; but after the mining industry closed for good, it sat nearly vacant, even losing its post office after the postmaster’s death in the early 1950s.

The small, historic ghost town that I am referring to is St. Elmo, and its beautifully preserved buildings, streets, and landscape deserve to be visited by every Coloradoan.

We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now: https://www.onlyinyourstate.com/nominate/

Have you ever visited this hauntingly beautiful ghost town? Or do you know somebody who once lived here? Tell us your story in the comments.