Animas Forks ghost town in Colorado

The ghost town of Animas Forks, CO is located high in the San Juan Mountains at 11,200 feet. There are several original buildings remaining. The best way to explore the region is by Jeep or other high-clearance 4×4. History The first cabins were built by prospectors in 1873, about 12 miles northeast of Silverton. Three rivers meet nearby, one of them being the Animas River. The town was originally called Three Forks of the Animas before being shortened to Animas Forks. By 1876, Animas Forks was a bustling mining community. At that time the town had 30 cabins, a hotel, a saloon, a post office, and a general store. Roughly 450 people occupied Animas Forks in 1883. At that time there was even a local newspaper, the Animas Forks Pioneer.

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