Colorado Ghost Town Photography - Red Mountain District, Colorado

July 22, 2014Posted by Webmaster

 

The Red Mountain District consisted of 6 towns within 8 square miles. They were some of the richest areas in Colorado.

  1. Albany was built to support the mines and later the Saratoga Smelter. It was the terminus for the Silverton Railroad.
  2. Ironton (aka Copper Glen) was built on flatter ground than surrounding towns. Settled in 1883, within three weeks three hundred buildings were being built. It was a staging area for supplies coming from Ouray.
  3. Guston was built in the late 1880s and was never plotted. It supported the Guston-Robinson, Yankee Girl, and Genessee-Vanderbilt mines.
  4. Red Mountain Town (aka Rogersville), founded in 1882, had the first post office in the areas (est. Jan 1883) and a population of over 600. It also had a two block long business district.
  5. Congress (aka Red Mountain City) was built in 1883 near the summit of Red Mountain Pass, one mile south of Red Mountain Town. It lasted only about a year as it was too far from the richest mines.
  6. Chattanooga (aka Sweetville or Sweetwater) was built on the south side of the pass as a staging area. (See Chattanooga as its own category on the right.)


The highway today sits on the right side of the photo. Robinson, Guston, and Yankee Girl mines. September 14, 1900. Courtesy of the USGS.
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Add Image to Cart View Cart / Checkout Magnify Image The highway today sits on the right side of the photo.  Robinson, Guston, and Yankee Girl mines. September 14, 1900.  Courtesy of the USGS.



This house (and another to the right, but not pictured) are near the highway and you can walk right up to them. Signs onsite say it was moved here for preservation from the nearby towns.
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Add Image to Cart View Cart / Checkout Magnify Image This house (and another to the right, but not pictured) are near the highway and you can walk right up to them.  Signs onsite say it was moved here for preservation from the nearby towns.



A broader view of the Yankee Girl Mine. Guston would have been at the bottom of this picture.
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Add Image to Cart View Cart / Checkout Magnify Image A broader view of the Yankee Girl Mine.  Guston would have been at the bottom of this picture.



A closeup shot. The headframe is in moderately good condition given its age.
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Add Image to Cart View Cart / Checkout Magnify Image A closeup shot.  The headframe is in moderately good condition given its age.



The Idarado mine tunnel entrance which connects underground to the other side of the mountain at Telluride (Pandora). This is on the other side of the gorge at the Yankee Girl site, but is very close.
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Add Image to Cart View Cart / Checkout Magnify Image The Idarado mine tunnel entrance which connects underground to the other side of the mountain at Telluride (Pandora).  This is on the other side of the gorge at the Yankee Girl site, but is very close.