Day #4 of A Ghost Town a Day For 30 Days takes us to a little known ghost town on the southern slope of Muddy Pass along Highway 40 in Colorado north of Kremmling. I have only found one reference to this place in my research, and it was identified as the Smole Lumber Camp which operated in the early decades of the 20th Century which faded into oblivion sometime around 1950. I wish I knew more, but there is no “more” to be found on the camp. If anyone knows the full story I’d love to hear it.

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Smole Camp sits on the southern slope of Muddy Pass along Highway 40 north of Kremmling on private property, but it can be easily viewed and photographed from the shoulder of the road

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There are two rows of buildings along a central “street” at the camp, a few other buildings lay on the outskirts of the main cluster at the site

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These buildings are located on the southern side of the road dividing the camp

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Buildings along the north end of the camp

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A weather beaten chair stubbornly refuses to submit to time and the elements

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A barn and what could be called the “fancy” house sit a few hundred yards south of the main camp, and likely belonged to the owner or site manager of the lumber company

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Another view of the same structures

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Barn building

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Comments
  1. Hi Jeff – I’m loving your ghost town a day series. I saw this ghost town and wondered about it back in February on my way to Steamboat Springs. I made a mental not to go back and photograph it myself this summer. I’m looking forward to the rest month.

    • J.D. Eberle says:

      Thanks Dominic, Glad you are enjoying them. I really wish I could find more information on the camp, it sure is big to not have any info surrounding it. I’m sure the locals know, but I couldn’t find any when I last visited. Thanks again for the kind words, many more places coming through the end of the month!

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