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Ashcroft

  • Ashcroft, 1935

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    By the 1930s, Ashcroft had at most a few residents left. But at the same time, interest in the area was spurred by the growth of skiing, with the Highland-Bavarian Corporation acquiring Ashcroft and planning an alpine ski resort nearby.
    Ashcroft, 1935
  • Ashcroft Hotel

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    In the winter of 1973–74, Ashcroft's surviving two-story hotel building collapsed, spurring new restoration and preservation efforts by Ramona Markalunas and the Aspen Historical Society.
    Ashcroft Hotel
  • Ashcroft Today

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    Ashcroft has nine surviving buildings arranged along a clearly defined main street. A parking lot and trail provide easy access to the town.
    Ashcroft Today
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References: 

John K. Aldrich, Ghosts of Pitkin County: A Guide to the Ghost Towns and Mining Camps of Pitkin and Northern Gunnison Counties, Colorado, rev. ed. (Lakewood, CO: Centennial Graphics, 1992).

“Ashcroft Ghost Town,” Aspen Historical Society, n.d.

Kenneth Jessen, Ghost Towns, Colorado Style, vol. 2: Central Region (Loveland, CO: J. V. Publications, 1999).

Ramona Markalunas, “Ashcroft, Colorado,” National Register of Historic Places Inventory Nomination Form (August 27, 1974).

Additional Information: 

Sandra Dallas, Colorado Ghost Towns and Mining Camps (Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1985).

Malcolm J. Rohrbough, Aspen: The History of a Silver-Mining Town, 1879–1893 (New York: Oxford University Press, 1986).

Muriel Sibell Wolle, Stampede to Timberline: The Ghost Towns and Mining Camps of Colorado, rev. ed. (Chicago: Swallow Press, 1974).

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