Monday, July 5, 2010

Gost Town, St. Elmo, Colorado

St. Elmo, Colorado

Located in the San Isabel National Forest, St. Elmo is a well preserved window into Colorado's rollicking mining history. The town is flanked by towering peaks and bisected by scenic Chalk Creek.

postmarked in 2008 with a 27 cent 'Star Fruit' stamp

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St. Elmo is a ghost town in Chaffee County, Colorado. Founded in 1880, St. Elmo lies in the heart of the Sawatch Range. 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 St. Elmo Historic District. It is one of Colorado's most preserved ghost towns.

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