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Colorado has over 1,500 ghost towns. Currently only about 640 remain. Due to incomplete records and legends that are now accepted as fact, no list will ever be complete.

Most Colorado ghost towns were abandoned for the following reasons:

  • Mining towns were abandoned when the mines closed; many due to the devaluation of silver in 1893.
  • Mill towns were abandoned when the mining towns they serviced closed.
  • Farming towns on the eastern plains were often deserted due to rural depopulation.
  • Coal towns were abandoned when the coal (or the need for it) ran out.
  • Stage stops were abandoned when the railroad came through.
  • Rail stops were deserted when the railroad changed routes or abandoned the spurs.

Others were abandoned for more unusual reasons. Some were resort towns which never brought in enough tourists.

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A Colorado Ghost Town

 

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