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Address: 620 W Bleeker St, Aspen, CO 81611-1230
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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A little eerie, yet amazing views!

Little did I know when I took Independence Pass from Aspen to Denver I would discover a ghost town at one of the places I pulled off to take pictures of the views. It was a little... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Grand Rapids, Minnesota
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North Oaks, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Very interesting site. The guide in the old store had some good facts and stories, and the half-ruined buildings give a fascinating look into how life must have been 130 years ago for these tough folks.

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Grand Rapids, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Little did I know when I took Independence Pass from Aspen to Denver I would discover a ghost town at one of the places I pulled off to take pictures of the views. It was a little eerie seeing these abandoned cabins, knowing that at one time people used to live and work there. I didn't walk the path down... More 

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Bend, Oregon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Stopped by this historic ghost town, attraction on our way from Aspen to Buena Vista via the Independence Pass. Open Memorial Day to Labor Day. Not many visitors when we were there, dirt paths to walk on, interpretive signs & self guided tours are available. Parking is along SR82. The Aspen Historic Society (970-925-3721) offers tours (10-6) & works to... More 

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Larkspur, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2016

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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