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katty g
09-29-2007, 12:21 PM
i passed a ghost town on the way to aspen from vail, going on the independence pass. there are alot of bright colored houses with the windows busted out. there is also what looks like a mine? there as well. i heard in the 30's the water became contaminated and everyone fled or became sick and it has stayed the same ever since....
i took this picture too...can anyone help??

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Gravelrash
09-29-2007, 04:42 PM
Katty - it looks to me like it might be GILMAN, on Hwy 24 between Minturn and Redcliff - a.k.a the Belden mine.
GoogleEarth says it is a badly polluted area, which might fit your description. I know it's not on Independence Pass, but the buildings seem to indicate it is Gilman.
If you look here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gilman,_Colorado you can see a photo of the houses.
What do you think?

katty g
10-02-2007, 12:53 PM
hhmm, thanks, im not sure if its it, but it does look like it, i dont remember it being on such a high cliff, though. as we were driving around the curve, it was on our right.....thanks!!

Gravelrash
10-02-2007, 03:01 PM
hhmm, thanks, im not sure if its it, but it does look like it, i dont remember it being on such a high cliff, though. as we were driving around the curve, it was on our right.....thanks!!

KatyG - I have to admit I thought I was way out on a limb when I said it was Gilman and the reason was that "cliff". GE doesn't have great resolution of Gilman, so it is hard to guage the height of the town, I reckon and it's hard to decide if it is on a cliff such as that shown in Wikipedia. That photo is the spanner in my works!
So, hoping to cover my butt, I've been doing a bit more looking around and, lo and behold, right here on GT. com is some pretty convincing evidence it is Gilman.
If you look here, http://www.ghosttowns.com/states/co/gilman.html
and scroll right down to the very last photo, taken by Candace Cairo, you'll see she's caught almost the same scene as you.
The "forensics" are pretty good. 8 houses on the upper road, the "x" that splits the middle road, with 4 houses on the right and the lower road with those 3 houses on the right. I can't "count houses" on the left of the lower road, as the complete line of houses is cropped, but it seems to all conspire!
The style of the houses, even their colouring, is the same too. The 2nd house from the left, upper road, is purple-ish and it's neighbour is a 2 storey place, just as in your photo.

Anyway, it's still a guess on my part.
What do others think?

mainmanwalkin
10-02-2007, 08:26 PM
Whoa... Gravelrash, that's some pretty impressive detective work --ESPECIALLY considering you're halfway across the world in Australia! I think you nailed it on what the town is. It's true what they say about the world becoming a smaller place with technology... Awesome job

Gravelrash
10-02-2007, 10:31 PM
Whoa... Gravelrash, that's some pretty impressive detective work --ESPECIALLY considering you're halfway across the world in Australia! I think you nailed it on what the town is. It's true what they say about the world becoming a smaller place with technology... Awesome job

Cheers MWM - I'm glad you agree with my guesswork. I am pretty happy with the results myself! The Gilman story stuck in my mind because of the reports about "company men" hired to keep people out, so I was pretty sure those houses looked familiar. "Stay out!" That's irresistable attraction right there!


I love this technology too. It's brought your great country into my living room and THAT has enabled me to slowly convince "she who must be obeyed" into extending my American wanderings. She's probably only agreeing so she can spend more time shopping in LA but, I'll take it as a win. Many thanks to all the gt.com-ers who've helped sway the issue!
It was Jarbidge that did it, I reckon. Ruth knows how I love little places like that and David's photos were indisputable evidence - this is one place we have to go! (little does she know, it's one of about 200 - so far!!!)
Technology? Gotta love it!!

Mikejts
10-03-2007, 05:55 PM
If you do a search on this site you will find numerous references to Gilman. The interest and number of people wondering what it is is high as it is very visible from the road. Here is an old post of mine that may be of interest to some of you.

Please respect the site
I see all the posts on this thread and it makes me nervous. I too have been past the site on numerous occasions as it is easily visible from the highway. Although I have researched the site I have never visited it. It is a little too new for me.

On many occasions travelers with me have asked to stop. I always oblige the stop, but NEVER allow them to go past the signs and barriers. They can take pictures from the road. If you want to tour the site please make sure you have appropriate authorization to do so and then respect everything you see and leave everything at the site.

The owners are serious about the site. I was at a wedding recently and meet a lady that was arrested for trespassing on the site. She had “only gone in to take pictures”. (I am sure there is more to that story.} She even thought she was smart by having someone drop her off along the road and she walked in. She was sure that if there was no car around no one would suspect she was in there. WRONG

I guess what all this rambling really means is – 1) It is private property so respect it like you want people to respect your property. You would not want someone to come into your house and walk out with your possessions so don’t do it here. 2) This site is not the best for your health.

mainmanwalkin
10-03-2007, 10:37 PM
If you do a search on this site you will find numerous references to Gilman. The interest and number of people wondering what it is is high as it is very visible from the road. Here is an old post of mine that may be of interest to some of you.

Please respect the site
I see all the posts on this thread and it makes me nervous. I too have been past the site on numerous occasions as it is easily visible from the highway. Although I have researched the site I have never visited it. It is a little too new for me.

On many occasions travelers with me have asked to stop. I always oblige the stop, but NEVER allow them to go past the signs and barriers. They can take pictures from the road. If you want to tour the site please make sure you have appropriate authorization to do so and then respect everything you see and leave everything at the site.

The owners are serious about the site. I was at a wedding recently and meet a lady that was arrested for trespassing on the site. She had “only gone in to take pictures”. (I am sure there is more to that story.} She even thought she was smart by having someone drop her off along the road and she walked in. She was sure that if there was no car around no one would suspect she was in there. WRONG

I guess what all this rambling really means is – 1) It is private property so respect it like you want people to respect your property. You would not want someone to come into your house and walk out with your possessions so don’t do it here. 2) This site is not the best for your health.

The fact that someone would post pictures on this ghosttown site of themself walking thru the town speaks volumes about how little some people regard private property, especially a place like that with No Tresspassing signs, barricades, and a reputation for police being strict about staying out. Those places are usually off-limits for a good reason, in that case as you alluded to, the water being too contaminated for the area to be liveable. Sheeesh! :(

Gravelrash
10-03-2007, 11:05 PM
Mike - I've read your site references to Gilman. That is probably where it first came to my attention. I apologise if my post sounded a bit flippant about "Stay Out" signs.
I couldn't agree more with your concerns.
As I'll be a guest in America, I have no intention of breaking any laws and I don't want to give the impression I'd encourage anyone else to, either. It's that attitude that sees historical sites shot up, vandalised and then closed of to people.