St Elmo Ghost Town

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This ghost town in Chaffee County Colorado was founded in 1880. The town began when 2,000 people settled in the area for gold and silver mining. As the mining industry declined in the 1920s, the railroad discontinued service. Even though St. Elmo is one of Colorado's best preserved ghost towns, the name ghost town is deceiving in this case. St. Elmo is still inhabited and tourism brings many people to the St. Elmo area yearly for activities such as four-wheeling and fishing. Many of the buildings remain intact and those that aren't are being rebuilt to their original states.