Posts Tagged ‘Abandoned Colorado’

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

Advertisements

With the meteoric population explosion in Colorado, more and more of the State’s past is being lost to the bulldozer and replaced with new construction. Here is one last look at 25 old dwellings before they vanish- 

#1- Lake County

16best3

#2 Washington County

anton1#3 Saguache County

bon10

#4 Baca County

sehomest2

#5 Teller County

gof3

#6  Weld Countyjeo1

#7 Park County

holland3

#8 Costilla County

garcos1

#9 Lincoln County

arriba3

#10 Hinsdale Countycapc2

#11 Park County

peabodys2

#12 Morgan County

Hoyt

#13 Costilla County

Russell#14 Weld County

Farmhouse Near Grover#15 Teller County

bullhill1

#16 Gilpin County

nug2

#17 Las Animas County

raton2

#18 Gunnison County

Powderhorn

#19 Chaffee County

16best12#20 Park County

hartsel1

#21 Costilla County

mesita7

#22 Las Animas County

eng2

#23 Summit County

lincoln1

#24 Baca County

carizz3

#25 Costilla County

sltaos4

 

If You Enjoyed These, Please Check Out My Other Blogs!

Colorado’s Lost Highway- A Photo Voyage Down Highway 350 From La Junta to Trinidad

Photo Blog: Guffey, Colorado- Unique Doesn’t Even Begin to Describe it!

Abandoned Faces of Colorado’s San Luis Valley and Northern New Mexico.

25 Forgotten Cemeteries and Burial Plots of Colorado

25 Abandoned Buildings In Colorado You Must See Before They Are Gone

25 (More) Abandoned Buildings in Colorado You Must See Before They Are Gone

25 Picturesque Old School Houses In Colorado

I hadn’t been to Silver Plume, Colorado in a couple of years, and decided to make a visit this morning. It was a perfect day to park the Jeep and aimlessly wander up and down the streets of Silver Plume, and imagine how it must have looked in it’s glory days of the late 19th and early 20th Centuries.

Silver Plume is still one of my favorite places in Colorado to snap photos- There is just so much there to see, and I always find something new-old thing I missed before. I make it a point to always leave a street or path unexplored, and I also visit Silver Plume only once a year, that way there will always be “something new” on my next visit. One day I will have seen it all, but that just means I can start over and do it all, street-by-street again, and take photos from entirely different angles!

plume41plume39plume28plume29plume37plume40

plume27plume7plume15plume8plume9plume16

plume36plume14plume6plume26plume35plume13plume25

plume4plume12plume34

plume24plume10

 

plume3

plume22

 

plume33plume21plume2plume32plume23

HOPE YOU ENJOYED THIS!

A SHARE GOES A LONG WAY!

CHECK OUT MY OTHER PHOTO BLOGS!

Photo Blog: Springtime at Colorado’s Historic Centennial House- A Long-Forgotten Stage Stop and Hotel in Golden Gate Canyon

Photo Blog: Guffey, Colorado- Unique Doesn’t Even Begin to Describe it!

Photo Blog: Colorado’s High Alpine Mining Camps- What Remains Today

Colorado’s Lost Highway- A Photo Voyage Down Highway 350 From La Junta to Trinidad

 

Tucked away in Gamble Gulch about halfway between the towns of Black Hawk and Nederland, Colorado stand the sparse ruins of Perigo.  Perigo was a busy gold mining town in the latter years of the 19th Century and was home to several prosperous mines including the Golden Sun, Tip Top, Perigo and the Free Gold. A massive 60-stamp mill was erected at the town to crush the ores from the nearby mines.

Perigo had around three-hundred residents during it’s peak years. There was a general store, mine offices, the mill, several saloons, a social club and many private dwellings ranging from crude log cabins and tents to lavish two-story homes that would’ve been considered mansions in the day. Perigo’s social club put on plays and banquets, and tried on a number of occasions to entice the leading opera stars and actors from Central City and Denver to hold shows in the town- It is unknown, and doubtful that any ever accepted the offer.

perigoxx2

Perigo- A View Down Main Street Around 1890

When the mining industry collapsed in the 1890s Perigo began a steady decline into oblivion. The mines were all closed and the mill was shut down. Struggling on for a few more years was the general store that served the needs of those who still lived in Gamble Gulch, but soon, it too faded and was abandoned.

perigobook

Tourists visit the abandoned stamp mill around 1930

Sometime around the middle of the last Century a man purchased the entire town site, the mill, and all the remaining buildings and homes of Perigo.  The now ghost town of Perigo could still be visited and admired from the narrow and rocky road leading through Gamble Gulch.  Then one day the new owner was hit with a tax bill he could not pay. Gilpin County expected the man to pay property taxes on each of the structures on his property. He informed the county that all of the buildings were long abandoned and in various states of decay, but the tax man didn’t care, the law was the law and the taxes had to paid. Inviting the county tax assessor to Perigo, the owner showed him the rotten and collapsing buildings, but the county stood firm and demanded he pay up. A simple solution presented itself- If there were no standing structures on his property, the tax bill would vanish. So, unfortunately for old Perigo, the man filled the buildings at the town site with dynamite and blew Perigo off the map.

 

Today you’ll only find the twisted and shattered remains of the mill, some wood structures flat on the ground like a stack of popsicle sticks, a stone or concrete foundation tucked in the grass, and a couple of old tumbledown tin sided shacks being reclaimed by the earth.  One small Victorian era house still stands intact way back in the trees, and giant, still occupied, two-story Victorian style which may or may not be original to the site can be found near the mill wreckage.

Click Here for Colorado Ghost Town Guide Books by Jeff Eberle