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St. Elmo

  • St. Elmo Historic District

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    In the 1870s prospectors settled in the area that became St. Elmo in Chalk Creek Canyon. The town's growth stalled in the late 1880s, then the population declined after fires and the repeal of the Sherman Silver Purchase Act. By the 1940s the town had only two full-time residents.
    St. Elmo Historic District
  • Reconstructed Town Hall and Jail, Interior

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    After a major fire burned the town hall in April 2002, Buena Vista Heritage reconstructed the building with financial help from the State Historical Fund and private donations. It reopened in 2008 as a museum of local history.
    Reconstructed Town Hall and Jail, Interior
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Clint Driscoll, “St. Elmo Legacy Faces a Variety of Threats,” Colorado Central Magazine, July 2003.

Lisa Everitt, “St. Elmo Remains a Real Town Frozen in Time,” Denver Post, July 30, 2006.

St. Elmo Projects,” Buena Vista Heritage.

Additional Information: 

Peter Anderson, From Gold to Ghosts (Nathrop, CO: P. Anderson, 1983).

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