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Address: 620 West Bleeker St, Aspen, CO 81611
Phone Number: 970-925-3721-(Aspen-Historical-Society)
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Visitors can tour the remnants of this former mining town, deserted in the...

Visitors can tour the remnants of this former mining town, deserted in the late 1800s after a severe storm knocked out supply routes.

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Ghost town with an amazing history worth the stop

To read how this place in the middle of nowhere attracted Native Americans then later miners. The population boomed to 300 before devastating storms drove everyone away. Now it is... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 10, 2016
Dianne W
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Sugar Land, Texas
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Larkspur, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

No, I would not want to live at the elevation year round, let alone mine the land for gold, but it was fun imagining what it would have been like as I walked among the remaining structures and main drag. Many of the structures are still in great condition and I realized when there that this town only existed for... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2016

So as I already stated, there isn't a lot left here. A few falling down cabins, a couple of restored cabins, and indents where buildings once stood but if you are driving Independence Pass, it is worth the time to get out, stretch your legs, and take the short hike down to the remains of the town. I love ghost... More 

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Sugar Land, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2016

To read how this place in the middle of nowhere attracted Native Americans then later miners. The population boomed to 300 before devastating storms drove everyone away. Now it is a valley of beauty with a few old cabins.

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Austin, TX
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2016

Learn the history of the people who lived in this old mining town established on Independence day. You can explore some of the old buildings and see the beautiful scenery. We spent about 30 minutes here and walked about a mile or so. There was still some snow on the ground in June, I believe it was around 12K feet... More 

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Aspen, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

by driving East on highway 82 you will rise up and up and up, and along the way you'll see very strong bike riders heading towards the top of the pass, which is at 12,000+ feet, but somewhat below the pass there are the remnants of the old mine buildings, rusting machinery, and more....worth the trip past the ghost town... More 

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Chattanooga, Tennessee
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2015 via mobile

If you like to visit a place and stand and imagine what it must have been like back in the day, then you should definitely take a minute to appreciate this little ghost town. There isn’t a lot left – and what is left has been preserved. We hiked from the car and took a look around at the many... More 

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Wichita, Kansas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2015

Remembering my unforgettable anniversary travel plan along Aspen Colorado, part of itinerary along the way " Independence Ghost Town".

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Dallas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

Stopped here several times when going through Independence Pass. Interesting piece of history and worth the stop.

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Bonsall, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

I agree with other reviewers that this isn't a destination unto itself. However, if you are driving into or out of Aspen through Independence Pass it is worth stopping to take a look. It is easy to miss because the sign is small. Look for a small dirt turnout overlooking the town. If you are coming from Aspen you'll pass... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015 via mobile

Not knowing what to expect we stopped along the way from Aspen to our next stop. What we saw was an amazing array of homes and insight into how a mining town was created . The overall camp has more to be done but I will admit to being more than pleasantly surprised at this unexpected gem. The valley for... More 

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