Once home to two newspapers, 20 saloons, and a school, only nine buildings still stand “ and one is an outhouse.
Ashcroft, CO - Photo by rjones0856
In its hey-day during the early 1900s, about 700 African Americans lived there “ it was the only all-black community in the state. Now, because of the hard Dust Bowl years, all that remains is a diner, the founder's home and a gas station.
Once a booming mining town of more than 3,000, the few buildings still standing can be seen from Road 81 as you drive past.
Founded during the 1870s, Pitkin is one of the best-preserved ghost towns in Colorado. Many of the buildings are privately owned and some are summer cabins. But feel free to snap photos of the church and store.
This is what you expect when you think ghost town. As you walk down Main Street, peak inside some of the 24 buildings (many of which date back to 1879) like the saloon, mercantile, courthouse and some houses.
Tin Cup, CO - Photo by indigoprime
Located near Pitkin, this town also has quite a few erect structures. Tincup was known as a hell-raising kind of place where the law wasn't really wanted. You'd never know that now as you stand in its ephemeral quiet.
The best ghost town is often the one you are visiting next, what is your favorite Colorado ghost town?
By Anna Philpot