Finally had a chance to get back out on the road and do some ghost towning. This time around I headed to Boyero, a small ghost town in Lincoln County about two hours east of Denver on the eastern plains.

Boyero started life as ranching and supply stop along the Kansas-Pacific Railroad in the latter half of the 1800s, as well as a stop along the Texas- Montana cattle trail. Situated along a wooded bend of Sand Creek, Boyero must have been a welcome sight for cowboys who had just crossed the scorching, featureless frying pan to the east. 

A once impressive two-story home at Boyero, the old tracks of the Kansas-Pacific Railroad can be seen in the foreground

Boyero was granted a Post Office in 1902,which served locals until the early-1970s when the office, and mail was transferred to nearby Wild Horse, which itself is nearly a ghost town today.


What appears to be the remains of an old garage or service station at Boyero

Boyero still appears on maps today, but the old town site sits on private property, straddling both sides of County Road 39 about twenty minutes southeast of Hugo, just off of Highway 287. 

Buildings at Boyero

All of buildings at Boyero are private property, but can be seen from County Road 39. There are occupied dwellings and modern structures mixed in among the old remnants of the town, and it is comon to see the family who owns the property out working. Please respect their privacy and their property and stay on the main road. 

A friendly local passing by in a pickup stopped to make sure I wasn’t broke down when I visited last.  I assured him I was fine, and just taking photos of the old town. With a nod and smile he wished me a good day and drove on down the desolate road in a cloud of dust.

It is almost surreal to stand in the silence of Boyero, where the only sound is the wind or a random bird, with the knowledge that the frenzied chaos, angst, and in-your-face noise of the Denver metro area is only two hours away- Boyero is proof that there really is two separate, and entirely unique Colorados.

An added bonus awaits just down the road if you know where to look- This awesome old farm house right off of Highway 287 and County Road 2G.

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    • Joan Feddern says:

      Just read your blog & pictures of Boyero, Colorado. The very large., stately house was built by my grandfather & grandmother & my father & six siblings grew up there. The building still standing that looks like a garage was their garage/ gas station. My grandfather owned it across the railroad & the “Hardware – General store & lumber yard across the street from it. That building is now gone. So is the old hotel that stood next to our house & garage. So many memories. My daughter just drove through there yesterday on way to Kansas & took some pictures. A local told them a wind storm had just blown the garage down. Now are asking me to get all the albums out when they return home.

  1. My cousin, Margaret Everett Davis at 83 still lives in Boyero at their ranch across the road from the deserted white block building and old barn. Margaret grew up on the JOD Ranch in Aroya and attended the school in Aroya where the teacher was my great aunt Ester Bennett. Margaret’s dad was the ranch foreman on the JOD ranch to include when Bob Norris of the T-Cross ranch was one of the Marlboro men.
    Bet you didn’t know there was an Aroya, aka old Aroya, Colorado just south of Boyero that the Indians burnt down? That would be a good location to do some metal detecting, searching. Had a great aunt/cousin that was in such mental trauma after that raid that she never did straighten out, according to my grandmother, the Aunts cousin. Lots of history in that area.

  2. Haylee Reynolds says:

    Thanks for this. My grandmother, who passed away in 2020, was born in Bolero. Donna Louise Christensen. Her parents (George Christensen and Josephine Margaret Young) attempted dry farming there, but failed and moved to California.

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