America’s Coolest Ghost Towns

Colorado Tourism Office, Denise Chambers

Old mines, abandoned buildings, and the occasional curse: America's ghost towns make for a hair-raising detour.

St. Elmo, Colorado

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The few folks left near St. Elmo, a onetime mining village and railroad stop, joke that the original residents left on the last train out—and never came back. After developing in the 1870s with hotels, dance halls, a school, and a telegraph office, the town faded by the 1930s, after the railroad closed. (One longtime resident named Annabelle, however, hung around until the late 1950s and has become the town’s patron saint.) You can still shop in the seasonal, antiques-filled General Store, rent four-wheelers, and stay in a rustic cabin in town.

Closest Civilization: Buena Vista, 20 miles away.

St. Elmo, Colorado

America’s Coolest Ghost Towns

St. Elmo, Colorado

The few folks left near St. Elmo, a onetime mining village and railroad stop, joke that the original residents left on the last train out—and never came back. After developing in the 1870s with hotels, dance halls, a school, and a telegraph office, the town faded by the 1930s, after the railroad closed. (One longtime resident named Annabelle, however, hung around until the late 1950s and has become the town’s patron saint.) You can still shop in the seasonal, antiques-filled General Store, rent four-wheelers, and stay in a rustic cabin in town.

Closest Civilization: Buena Vista, 20 miles away.

Colorado Tourism Office, Denise Chambers
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