This part of Colorado has so much to see, we are having a hard time getting to explore it all. We have already extended our stay for an extra month for exploring. :-)
We visited another awesome ghost town today. The drive to Winfield was about 12 miles from the main highway, the road was like a washboard and filled with pot holes for quite a few miles. We went as far as we could before the road got absolutely impossible. The incredible views made it worth the trip.
Winfield is a small ghost town located in the San Isabel National Forest outside Buena Vista. There are several original buildings, including a school house. We had hoped to see inside some of the buildings, but all of them were locked.
Winfield was founded on 120 acres at the junction of the north and south forks of Clear Creek. Lots of 50x100 were free to anyone who desired to build there.
A cabin was built as early at 1861 with the first prospecting done in 1867. Winfield reached its heyday around 1890 when some 1500 folks lived in town. There were 3 saloons, 3 stores, 2 hotels, a boarding house, a post office, a church, school, mill, smelter and concentrator. Mining came to an end in Clear Creek Canyon in the early 1900s.
It was another fascinating day in Colorado, check back later for more.