We were surprised to find the Vicksburg ghost town while driving to visit Winfield ghost town. Our local friend from Colorado told us about this area, we found it to be even better than expected. In addition to Winfield and Vicksburg, Rockdale and Beaver City are two smaller towns with not much left. We did see a few old cabins, but Vicksburg was the most impressive.
Vicksburg is a well preserved ghost town tucked away in Clear Creek Canyon. It is like walking into a mining museum. A few prospectors entered the canyon in 1861. In 1879 the area became flooded with miners as more silver was discovered. Gold and lead was also found. Vick Keller, who the village is named for, operated a general store.
By 1880, there were some 40 buildings, including a black smith, school house, cobbler shop, two hotels, boarding house, two saloons, assay office, two billiard halls and a delivery stable. A stagecoach made a daily trip from Granite to Vicksburg and beyond.
At its peak Vicksburg had between 600-700 people. To this day, the cabins have been continually occupied ever since their creation. In 1971 the historical society was created to protect and preserve the area. Another fantastic day in Colorado, check back later for more.