Colorado Ghost Town Photography - Archuletaville, Colorado

April 8, 2020Posted by Webmaster

 

Originally, this site was thought to be the town site of Sharpsdale, named after Tom Sharp. However, when visited by Loveland historian Kenneth Jessen, he found the actual townsite of Sharpsdale was located on private property nearby, right where the USGS maps place it to be. This site is speculated to be the townsite of Rito Oso, which is shown on some older maps. Directly across the road is the Rito Oso ranch. Make up your own mind.

This site was on the route over Mosca pass, which originally linked the east and west side of the range. As people travelled by, this would have been a good location for businesses. Eventually, Mosca pass was closed to motorized traffic and became a hiking trail, perhaps ending this site. This is all speculation.

There are about a dozen era buildings, 6 of them connected into a half semi-circle. Abandoned wires hang from a long abandoned electrical pole. Equipment on the pole indicates a 1912 manufacture date. This is a very interesting place but it does not show in the pictures.

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