ghost town [ gōst toun ]

a site, town, or region which is a shadow of its former self, and (one of the following ambiguities)

    • has no physical evidence remaining (i.e., Buckskin Joe and Yankee)
    • has some physical evidence remaining, including artifacts, partial structures, and even complete, though uninhabitable, structures (i.e., Caribou and Carson)
    • is still partially occupied by a small, sometimes seasonal population, and no longer functions according to its original purpose (i.e., Nevadaville and St. Elmo)

Since 1958, the Ghost Town Club of Colorado has explored, enjoyed, and preserved ghost towns, mining camps and their allied subjects and history.

We are an active and energetic group of people with diverse backgrounds who share an interest in the history of the west, especially Colorado.

Photo Credit: GTC member Jason Messing
Photo Credit: GTC member Jason Messing

We research, visit, and learn about historic sites, and we are committed to helping preserve these sites for future generations.


We are passionate about historic preservation, and preservation work is occasionally done in conjunction with field trips.

Photo Credit: GTC member Jason Messing

Exploration, enjoyment, and preservation of historic sites

Ron Morse 74 - High Res

Header Video Credit: GTC member Jason Messing
Header Image Credit: “Wild Irishman” by GTC member Josh Robinson