St. Elmo Ghost Town

Step back in time at St. Elmo ghost town in central Colorado. Founded in 1880, the town once boasted 2000 people and every convenience of the time, including a railroad, telegraph office, restaurants, shops and a newspaper.

St. Elmo’s destiny was to shrivel and die however. Once the mines started to run out of steam, things began to decline and with the pulling out of the railroad in 1922, the fate was sealed.

Today, you can walk the old streets and gawk at the historic structures, some of which have been preserved, while others are left to decay in place. To get to St. Elmo, travel 35 minutes west of Buena Vista on a good, but winding road through pristine forest and mountains.

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