About Me

My name is Jeff Eberle , I am a resident of historic Central City in Gilpin County Colorado. I’m a rare breed these days that can call myself a “Native Coloradan”. I am a freelance writer, Op-Ed writer, historian, author and photographer. My work has appeared in the Denver Post, YourHub, and online publications for the 398th Bomb Group Memorial Association. I have a three part photo book series titled “Life. Death. Iron.” to my credit which showcases images of  ghost towns, cemeteries and mining machinery of the Old West.

I’m currently working on a series of up-to-date guide books to the ghost towns and almost ghost towns of the entire state of Colorado. The first book in this series which should be available in early 2016 will cover sites within a roughly two-hour/150 mile radius of Denver.

Part of my goal is to help increase public awareness as to the fragile and endangered status of so many of Colorado and the West’s historic sites. I want the reader to gain an appreciation or interest in the historic significance of an old building, and not just see it as an eyesore that should be torn down. But, mostly I would just like to share my photography and stories with the public.

I write what I see and feel when I visit a particular place. I try to present the historic facts to the best of my knowledge. That being said, I know not all of my background info will be entirely accurate. And, as in the case when writing in the public forum, I will have critics as well as fans.

Enjoy!

Comments
  1. Brad Allen says:

    You’ve got a great talent Jeff. Always knew you would do something great someday. Best Wishes and hope all goes upward and onward for you.

  2. Susie says:

    I enjoyed your piece about Model 1913. I lived there from 1970-1978, across the tracks and the highway. We warmed ourselves by the stove inside the Model Mercantile while waiting for the school bus. The dust would blow so much that the sand/pebbles would pelt your legs and you could hardly see 10ft in front of you. So many memories… Thank you for your article and pictures. I shared them on Facebook with my siblings and other relatives.

  3. Ron Ruhoff says:

    Hello Jeff, I have just become aware of your website and ghost town photos. Wonderful work you have done! I am one of the last charter members of the Ghost Town Club of Colorado, which began back in 1958. We are still a very active organization. http://www.ghostownclub.org If you are not aware of our club, we invite you to join in. I’m going to pass along your site to club members, as it is very worthwhile.
    Ron Ruhoff

  4. James ans JoAnn Bell says:

    My wife and I are too members of the Ghost Town Club of Colorado, We are friends of Ron Ruhoff I am also Vice President of the Club and in charge of finding programs for Club. Would you be interested in giving a program on the best unknown ghost towns in Colorado? We can’t pay you for your program, however you are welcome to bring your books and calendars for sale to the club.

  5. Hi, Jeff, I’m also a Colorado chronicler, the author “Weird Colorado: Your Travel Guide to Local Legends & Best Kept Secrets.” Wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed your post on Abandoned Faces of Colorado’s San Luis Valley and Northern New Mexico. Although we are not yet Friends on Facebook, somehow this post showed up in my newsfeed and I had to Share it with the good folks on the Facebook page Colorado Society of Hispanic Geneaology. Well, that post has been a BIG hit, especially with the folks who live or are descended from families in those areas. Several would love to thank you — so thought you’d like to see the page for yourself. You’d have to join because it’s a Closed group, but it’s well worth your time. Hope to see you there!

  6. Jay Reynolds says:

    Have a few questions for you Jeff Eberle if you would be so kind to give me a few minutes of your time, please feel free to email me if possible. Thanks and hope to hear from you.

  7. Nick J says:

    Hi Jeff, my name is Nick Johnson and I am the Editorial Assistant for the Colorado Encyclopedia, an online resource on the Centennial State currently in development. While editing an article, I came across your post on the Reynolds Gang and would like to discuss some possible collaboration with you. Please send me an email at your earliest convenience.

    I look forward to hearing from you, and great work on the site!

    -Nick

  8. Brian howerton says:

    I am searching for a particular abandoned house in gilpin county. Unfortunately I only have a vague description of it being several miles down ad dirt road then down a trail. Inside the house is a stunning spiral staircase that I would like to photograph. I will not reveal the location of the house. I get a bug to find impossible locations and do photo shoots there. Last fall was a two day hike to a remote waterfall, three years ago it was a four day 30 mile trek to find the last Golden Trout in Colorado. Since you are a local and your page is a wonderful font of information on Colorado history I thought we would start our quest with you. I do have one photo of the staircase if that helps.

  9. Re: Last Chance, Colorado

    You might be interested in this: I’m obviously older than you because I remember Last Chance when it was full of life. It obviously matured in the early era of motor car travel and became a boom town until the interstate came along.

    Last Chance. It was so named because it was at one time your “last chance” to fill up with gas,grab a bite to eat, or use the restroom for a long stretch of maybe 100 miles of dusty, unlit, narrow road. The town was far more than the crossroads that remained even 20 years ago. It was brightly lit and it spread out over probably a couple of miles, if not more. To a small child it was Las Vegas (then itself not so big yet). There were neon signs everywhere advertising dozens of brightly-lit all-night eateries, scores of gas stations, an abundance of motels, souvenir shops, and other services for travelers. Obviously it was a one-industry town and people lived there because they worked there.

    But if there was a way to make a buck off cross-country drivers, somebody in Last Chance had it all figured out and marketed it from a little garage-sized box store or a tiny house with an attached storefront, and most likely had a lighted glass sign on a tall pole that competed with countless others.along the strip.

    The little oasis always looked exciting to me, the bright lights so remote from any form of civilization, let alone commerce. But my mother hated the place and called it a “trap” meant to suck money out of the pockets of travelers. I never again saw the place after the interstate opened. But I never forgot it.

    I went back to have a look in late 2008, nearly four years before the big brushfire. I posted some of the pictures at this site:

    http://www.panoramio.com/user/1657946?comment_page=2&photo_page=1

  10. Douglas E says:

    Jeff – tangentially related, but perhaps you may know; along the Peak to Peak Highway, there are several concrete obelisks, about three feet tall. There are two near our place outside of Ward, with numbers, 70 on one and 80 on another. Haven’t been able to find out anything about them. Perhaps you or one of your readers can enlighten me!

  11. Jack Myers says:

    New book Knights’ Gold tells how the KGC buried 5,000 gold coins in Baltimore, later discovered by two teen boys. The coins trace back to Baltimore’s Southern sympathizers and the plot to kill Lincoln. Booth lived four blocks from the treasure site and was a member of this group.

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  13. Ruth Krauss says:

    Loved your account of the Toponas area — we own a small ranch right across the road from Toponas Rock on Hwy 134. My husband is in the process of transcribing journals of our years there from the mid-80s to the present.

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