Colorado Ghost Town Photography - Monarch, Colorado

August 23, 2017Posted by Webmaster

 

Monarch sits near the top of Monarch pass. The highway passes right through the site. Most of the site is now highway. The Madonna mine and other support buildings are still visible.

Silver ore was discovered in 1878. One of the prospectors was NC Creede, for which Creede is named. Originally named Chaffee City, it was changed to Monarch for the Monarch Mine nearby. Up to 30 carloads of ore was hauled daily to the smelter in Pueblo. The Madonna Mine was purchased by the smelter in Pueblo and turned into an open pit mine. Since the open pit mining required little labor, residents mostly moved on. As such, ore was dumped right over the buildings and began to bury the town. Quarry operations continued until 1984, when the rails were removed. Today, some trucks still can be seen driving around the area - their purpose is unknown.


Camera Used: Canon Canon EOS DIGITAL REBEL XS
Exposure Time: 1/400    Aperture: f/7.1    ISO: 100
Date Taken: 2009:10:23 13:32:18        Want to use this image? See the More information tab.

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Camera Used: Canon Canon EOS DIGITAL REBEL XS
Exposure Time: 1/320    Aperture: f/7.1    ISO: 100
Date Taken: 2009:10:23 13:34:11        Want to use this image? See the More information tab.

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