Paying a visit to some of the ghost towns near Ouray that still stand in varying degrees is one way to get a riveting feel for the area’s rich past. While most of them are within easy reach, some of them are concealed high above the mountains and may need the use of an off-road vehicle if they are to be reached.
Before Denver was awarded the distinction of becoming the capital of Colorado, George T. Lee was thrilled that his Capitol City, established in 1876, would earn the distinction. Alas, Lee’s desires were not realized. Even with the failed hopes, by visiting it, what’s left of Capitol City today provides a view into what could have been.
When the gold rush was at its peak, Tobasco Mine and Mill situated near Lake City and Silverton saw heavy activity. Very little of it remains, but spots such as Tobasco Cabin erected in the early 1900s still stands.
The founding of Carson City happened in 1882. Getting to it takes some time and experience at an altitude of nearly 12,000 feet. The trip is long and insecure, but the payoff is one that is surely worth the treacherous journey. The sights are stupendous and you may feel like you transported yourself to Colorado during the 1800s.
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