We have been having fun exploring ghost towns in the area, today we visited one at Independence Pass.
The history of Independence Pass is steeped in incredible beauty and natural resources that led miners in search of fortune to settle near the top of Independence Pass. Legend has it that prospectors hit a rich vein of gold on July 4, 1879 and named the claim, and the tent city around it, Independence.
The Independence Town Site and Ghost Town is a walk back to the 1880’s and helps visitors grasp the reality of living and mining in a harsh environment with an altitude of 10,830 feet.
The Aspen Historical Society and the USFS provide a self-guided tour of the Independence Town Site, a thriving mining town and stagecoach stop along the Independence Toll Road.
We were happy to view the town from above. :-) Trying to walk to the bottom at over 10,000 feet would be a hard walk. We were already having trouble breathing while just looking.
Another awesome day in Colorado. I will let the pictures tell the rest of the story. Check back later for more from Colorado.