Sunday, November 25, 2012

Historic Ashcroft

We traveled to the Aspen area and took a little detour to the historic town of Ashcroft which was established in 1880.  There were 864 lots sold and at its height 2000 people lived here, brought by the silver mining in the area.  But other areas proved to be much better for mining and by 1895 the population was reduced to 100.  Many simply moved their cabins to Aspen.

This is the biggest collection of buildings, although a few more are scattered about.  There is some attempt at maintaining them while still retaining their character so hopefully visitors can enjoy them for many years to come.

It's a pretty setting, surrounded by mountains.  The bare trees in the background are aspen and it would be beautiful in the fall when the forest is ablaze with the brilliant yellow leaves.  I think another trip is called for in October.

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