Abandoned Iron Colorado Style- 25 Pieces of Machinery Frozen in Time

Posted: August 24, 2018 in Colorado History, Colorado Road Trips, Ghost Towns, Mines, Mills and Smelters, Mining Camps
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Abandoned iron- To some it is an eyesore, to others it is a thing of great, almost artistic, beauty in its own strange way. I fall into the latter category, finding the cast-aside implements of yesterday’s industry extremely beautiful.

I imagine if these rusted relics and shops could tell a story, it would parallel my own- Men who did a job because they had to, not because they wanted to, who faced the same frustrations, anger, and stress I’ve faced in my own time inside the factory.

I can look at these old machines and see myself cussing them, as some high-pressure bossman leans over my shoulder, clipboard and pencil in hand, asking a series of stupid, irrelevant questions, and second-guessing my every move while I try to make the iron monsters live again.

Perhaps it’s just me, or maybe it’s just another of the many symptoms of blue-collar life, but when I put a hand on these great iron beasts, I can hear them come back to life- The grand cacophonous thunder of industry.

(Due to the rarity and historic value of the following, and the increasing instances of theft and vandalism currently afflciting Colorado’s historic sites, I’ve chosen not to disclose the locations to prevent futher destruction.)

 

1.

arg4

2.

ir7

3.

ir10

4.

card10

5.

ibex12

6.

rexf10

7.

ir

8.iron1

9.

ir53

10.

ir52

11.ir36

12.ir27

13.

ir25

14.ir24

15.

irn7

16.stamp

17.su27

18.

irn1

19.

irn4

20.

irn3

21.

irn6

22.sunshine30

23.swd16

24.su26

25.su28

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Comments
  1. Douglas E says:

    I too love these old pieces of Colorado history.

  2. Mark Morris says:

    Good on ya for not revealing locations….far too many idiots out there wanting to destroy our old relics and buildings….idiots abound….last summer a man was caught handing cans of spray paint to his kids to go tag some of our old mining buildings! Luckily there is a lot of good stuff still left out there and restorations are happening!

  3. Lynn Smith says:

    So cool

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