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Originally named Castle Forks, then Chloride, Ashcroft, Colorado was founded around 1880 when placer deposits were found in the Castle Creek Valley near Aspen, Colorado. There was such a boom that three years later there were 2500 residents, two newspapers, a school, two sawmills, and 20 saloons. The town soon dwindled as the mines played out and the nearby Aspen load was located. By 1900, there were only two people left. Under the direction of Ramona Markalunas, Ashcroft became a National Register Historic Site, and the Aspen Historical Society received the first U.S. Forest Service permit ever granted to a historical society to preserve and interpret a ghost town.

“Today, Ashcroft (from the Aspen Historical Society website) is one of the most well–preserved ghost towns in the country. Of the fifteen buildings in the townsite, twelve are original, and ten are in their original locations. The three unoriginal buildings, the blacksmith’s shop, the mercantile store, and the assay office, are transplants from Woods Lake. A resort/dude ranch built in the 20th century, Woods Lake is now a private retreat for celebrity types. All the buildings in the town have been restored. All the roofs are new (or less than 15 years old). That is why you don’t see any stove pipe holes. The hotel, Blue Mirror Saloon, and the Poet’s Cabin have been extensively restored.”

Ashcroft Ghost Town
United States

The photo was made using a Canon EOS 50D digital body, EF 24mm f/1.4L lens (or full frame equivalent of 38mm), at f/13 for 1/15 second at 100 ISO.



ashcroft, aspen, boom, bust, castle creek, colorado, ghost town, landscape, mining, silver, black and white, monochrome, historical, united states, b w, old structures, american west, blue mirror saloon, rocky mountains, rockies, eric glaser


  • Digitalbcon
    Digitalbconalmost 4 years ago

    Great capture Eric!! I love the B&W treatment!! I love these old places…so much character and history!! Great written historical description!!

  • Thanks so much, Blair. It’s fun to think about what life was like then (it was not easy, I’m sure)!

    – Eric Glaser

  • CraigsMom
    CraigsMomalmost 4 years ago

    Really nice shot and write up!

  • Thank you, glad you liked it!

    – Eric Glaser

  • Eivor Kuchta
    Eivor Kuchtaalmost 4 years ago

    Nice capture and great information!

  • Once again, thank you Eivor!

    – Eric Glaser

  • David  Hughes
    David Hughesalmost 4 years ago

    Great old shot! I just love the way the descriptions you wirte are awesome. Lets me know more about this picture.

  • Thank you David, I enjoy writing as much as I enjoyed making the photo!

    – Eric Glaser

  • bluerabbit
    bluerabbitalmost 4 years ago

    Love this shot. The black and white is very effective.

  • Thanks bluerabbit!

    – Eric Glaser

  • sarnia2
    sarnia2almost 3 years ago

  • Thanks very much for the feature!

    – Eric Glaser

  • AndreaEL
    AndreaELalmost 3 years ago

    CONGRATULATIONS on your wonderful feature, lovely work..

  • Thanks very much for your support, Andrea, I appreciate your comment.

    – Eric Glaser

  • Rene Hales
    Rene Halesalmost 3 years ago

  • Thanks Rene for allowing me to resubmit, I appreciate your hard work!

    – Eric Glaser

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