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ST. ELMO (GHOST TOWN), COLORADO
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St Elmo Main Street HDRSt Elmo Main Street Tinted B&WSnowed-In OuthouseClosed Up St Elmo CabinSt Elmo School B&WSt Elmo Buildings HDR
"As I was walking that ribbon of highway,
I saw above me that endless skyway:
I saw below me that golden valley:
This land was made for you and me.

I've roamed and rambled and I followed my footsteps
To the sparkling sands of her diamond deserts;
And all around me a voice was sounding:
This land was made for you and me.

When the sun came shining, and I was strolling,
And the wheat fields waving and the dust clouds rolling,
As the fog was lifting a voice was chanting:
This land was made for you and me."
-Woody Guthrie

Tucked back, a few miles up a mountain road from two 14,000 ft.
mountains (Harvard and Antero, each taller than Pike's Peak),
St. Elmo sits just above 10,000 ft. elevation. 

A gold and silver mining town and the most intact ghost town in
Colorado, it officially shut down in 1952 when postal service was
stopped.  St. Elmo had its heyday between 1880 and 1920,
peaking in 1910 at 2000 people.  The nearby Mary Murphy mine,
produced over $60 million during its operation until the railroad
service stopped in 1922.

I had researched the area and was disappointed when I saw many
of the roads snowed in and not passable in my rental Jeep.  I was even more disappointed when I tried anyways and got my rental stuck in the first 200 feet.  I hand dug my tires out and reversed the 200 ftback to the main road.

The clouds that day appeared almost as continuations of the mountain ranges, making a perfect backdrop for the buildings and mountains on "Main Street".  You could still see inside the building windows to items untouched since at least the early 50's.