Colorado Ghost Town Photography - Marnel, Colorado

April 7, 2020Posted by Webmaster

 

Marnel is an interesting place to attempt to find. I'm not even sure I found it, but read this and thing what you want. Some to your own conclusions.

I started by seeing it on the map I have. A Delorme 2008 topo map of Colorado shows off of exit 87 by travelling on Verde Road to Reno Road, with Marnel being closed to the tracks. As is custom with new housing developments in this state, there was a Marnel road that went to a Cul-de-sac with one home already built. The other sections of property were marked and surveyed, but they were empty fields. I at first assumed this was the location of Marnel, as the remaining field is full of rotten railroad debris. But the site was not located close enough to the abandoned railroad grade although something was here at one point. Driving further, I encountered a cemetery on the west side of the road. It had burial dates from the early 1990s to back in the late 1800s. The older section of the cemetery had a wrought iron fence surrounding it.

Driving a little further, I came across an open field with two collapsed structures remaining and another open field. This was closer to the tracks, and I believe correctly identified the Marnel site. I base this on two reasons. First, it was across the road from what is labeled on the topo map as "Maggie's knob." Second, "Marnel Springs" was shown on the map as being at the intersection of several old roads and on the other side of the railroad tracks. I believe I identified this, it having been tapped to provide water for cattle.

So which location was Marnel? The first or second? And what of the cemetery in between? It is not shown on the maps I have. I'll let you be the judge.

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