To fully appreciate the richly fascinating history of Ouray, it’s worth visiting some of the ghost towns that still stand, providing a glimpse into the past. Though the majority of them are easily reachable, some of them are hidden away high above the mountains and may require some experience with off-roading to reach.
Before Denver was bestowed the honor of being Colorado’s capital, George T. Lee was enthusiastic that his Capitol City, built in 1876 would go on to become the state capital. Regrettably, Lee’s wishes did not come true. Despite this, you can still see what Colorado’s one-time capital contender looked like by visiting it.
Near Lake City and Silverton, Tobasco Mine and Mill were among the most successful mining operations back during the gold rush. There isn’t much left of it, but you can still check out Tobasco Cabin built in the early 1900s. The cabin remains the sole surviving building that captures the riches that it once promised.
In 1882, Carson City was founded. At an altitude of over 11,900 feet, reaching it requires some time and skill. The drive is lengthy and unsafe, but the result is one that is definitely worth the treacherous trek. The views are out of this world and it is like traveling in a time machine to the 1800s.
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