The abandoned city of St Elmo, Colorado

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  1. LaserT

    LaserT You have to have fun.

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    St Elmo was at its peak in the 1890s, when it included a telegraph office, court house, jail, general store, town hall, 5 hotels, brothels, saloons, dancing halls, a newspaper office, and a school house. The Denver, South Park and Pacific Railroad line ran through St. Elmo. There were 150 patented mine claims within the area. The majority of the people who lived in St. Elmo worked at the Mary Murphy, Teresa C., The Molly or the Pioneer Mines. The Mary Murphy Mine was the largest and most successful mine in the area. The Mary Murphy Minerecovered over $60,000,000 worth of gold while it was in operation. While the other mines eventually shut down, the Mary Murphy Mine continued to operate until the railroad was abandoned in 1922.[3]

    Once the mining industry shut down, St. Elmo drastically declined in population. Miners searched elsewhere for gold and silver and the business district in St. Elmo closed down as well.

    St. Elmo lost its train station in 1922. It’s rumoured that the townspeople caught the last train out. But one family stayed behind: the Starks. They owned a hotel, a shop and the telegraph office. One of them, Annabelle, one of the children is said to have been the last one to leave the town. She lived in St. Elmo until the 1950s until St. Elmo was left, silent, other than the babble of the waters of nearby Chalk Creek. It became yet another American ghost town.

    Few people continued to live in the town. Postal service was discontinued in 1952 after the death of St. Elmo's postmaster.


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    I can't believe someone hasn't burned it down yet...

    Send in the reggies and call it St. Elmo's Fire. :woot:
     
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    My first thought as well.
     
  4. SouthernListen

    SouthernListen I don't follow the crowd. Sorry about that. VIP

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    Who's the Adelphi grad who wrote the story?

    "One of them, Annabelle, one of the children is said to have been the last one to leave the town."

    and later

    "Few people continued to live in the town."
     
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    Or "enhanced it" with graffiti.
     
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    St. Elmo's Fire? :confused:
     
  8. LaserT

    LaserT You have to have fun.

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    That's Wikipedia. I copy and pasted. But I would've probably wrote the same mistakes because I suck at writing. :snicker:
     
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    :hersh:
     
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    Good stuff @HockT

    I've been to Bodie, Ca. which is a ghost town now but I think it was the biggest city in California at one time.

    It looks about the same as that place.
     
  11. LaserT

    LaserT You have to have fun.

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    I looked for this one because of Bodie. I did that one about a year ago. Love reading about Bodie. It was like the Vegas of the Old West. Good stuff.

    http://www.dawgshed.com/threads/the-ghost-town-of-bodie-california.116660/
     
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    It's Colorado, not Detroit. People don't even litter there.
     
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    Someone drank his Metamucil this morning...
     
    IfTheyOnlyKnew and smichal like this.
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    MrWarmth Impeach THIS Gold

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    Mad cuz YOU didn't think of it? :coffee:
     
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    Good stuff. I find this subject matter endlessly fascinating. I don't have pictures, but I remember my dad's very elderly 2nd cousin when I was a kid. We used to visit her at her old tin-roof, unpainted wooden house in a rural area. She died while I was in college. I drove up to her place last year. It had completely fallen in and was taken over by forest. Somehow part of the roof had maintained it's arch as the rest of the house collapsed.

    Though I'm not religious or spiritual, I had a strange sense of peace while looking at it.
     
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    Looks like that episode of The Brady Bunch when the gang runs into Jim Backus.
     
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    The Tucson article is a bit misleading, like most 'news' stories. Besides, they tear down and rebuild so much stuff out there that you don't necessarily know what's actually old. New England seems to maintain it's much older sites better. Based on my personal experiences anyway. Back to Tucson, there's an untamed cave in the Catalina mountain range that's still fun for spelunking. It has it's share of party damage, but you can explore as deep as you want without oversight. The boundary of the cavern is unknown. Just don't get lost. End info.
     
  20. nextlevel

    nextlevel You're so amazing

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    @Neesie
     
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