We had another awesome drive in Colorado today. We drove to St. Elmo, Colorado to visit the St. Elmo ghost town. The town was founded in 1880, St. Elmo lies in the heart of the Sawatch Range, 20 miles southwest of Buena Vista and sits at an elevation of 9,961 feet.
Nearly 2,000 people settled in this town when mining for gold and silver became evident. The mining industry started to decline in the early 1920s, and in 1922 the train discontinued service. The community is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as the St. Elmo Historic District. It is one of Colorado's best preserved ghost towns.
When we arrived we noticed signs warning us about private property because a few people still live in town. We also found a wonderful general store still operating, they had a great variety of antiques and collectibles. I found one of the prettiest hummingbird hats I have ever seen. It has Rufous hummingbirds embroidered all over it.
We also saw a lot of ATV’s in the area, they even rent them for the day for exploring some of the old dirt roads in the area. We are thinking of waiting until the leaves change and renting one to drive all day through the awesome trails in the area.
We were surprised to see a lot of people in town, some sitting outside playing with chipmunks, they were all over them eating the special food sold from the general store. Another great day in Colorado. I will let the pictures tell the rest of the story. Check back later for more.