Ironton Ghost Town

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Not far from the the Million Dollar Highway in Colorado lies the former glory of Ironton, a town that began in 1883, where workers from nearby mines would setup tents after a long day of mining silver and iron. Eventually, proper buildings were set up and the budding town received its post office in 1883, the railroad in 1889. At its peak, Ironton’s population reached 1,000. The Denver Depression of 1893 however caused the town to slowly deteriorate. In 1889, another boom occurred when gold was discovered, but the discovery came at a cost. The underground water contained such high levels of sulfuric acid that the miner’s equipment would corrode. This contaminated water could not be pumped economically so eventually the town slowly faded away. The town’s last two residents passed away in the 1960′s.

white building, Abandoned mining Ironton Ghost Town, Ouray, Colorado, CO, USA
Interior of the above two story, Victorian styled house:

mattress springs, interior, Abandoned mining Ironton Ghost Town, Ouray, Colorado, CO, USA

interior Abandoned mining Ironton Ghost Town, Ouray, Colorado, CO, USA

cupboard pantry interior, Abandoned mining Ironton Ghost Town, Ouray, Colorado, CO, USA

interior wallpaper, Abandoned mining Ironton Ghost Town, Ouray, Colorado, CO, USA
Leftover wallpaper.

Abandoned mining Ironton Ghost Town, Ouray, Colorado, CO, USA
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Abandoned mining Ironton Ghost Town, Ouray, Colorado, CO, USA

Abandoned mining Ironton Ghost Town, Ouray, Colorado, CO, USA

outhouse, Abandoned mining Ironton Ghost Town, Ouray, Colorado, CO, USA
Outhouse.

outhouse toilet, Abandoned mining Ironton Ghost Town, Ouray, Colorado, CO, USA
I always have to look in the toilets. One day I’m going to regret looking in!

river, Abandoned mining Ironton Ghost Town, Ouray, Colorado, CO, USA
Nearby river.

rusted pile of cans, Abandoned mining Ironton Ghost Town, Ouray, Colorado, CO, USA
Piles of rusted cans littered all around Ironton.

Abandoned mining Ironton Ghost Town, Ouray, Colorado, CO, USA

red mushrooms, Abandoned mining Ironton Ghost Town, Ouray, Colorado, CO, USA
Fly Agaric mushrooms that reminded me of Super Mario Brothers. These were growing all around the town. They are poisonous FYI.

The ghost town is easily accessible and only a short distance away from the main road (Million Dollar Highway). Because it is so easy to get to, you will encounter quite a few people exploring the few remaining buildings.

Part 4 of our Telluride Road Trip (Read Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 5, Part 6).

Ironton Ghost Town
GPS Coordinates 37.93278, -107.68028
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  • Kymee Martinak

    Awesome we missed that one when we were there bummer maybe next time.
    Thanks for sharing.

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