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  • Animas Forks, Late 1870s

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    Established in 1875 at an elevation of about 11,200 feet, Animas Forks flourished in the late 1870s and early 1880s on the strength of speculative mining investments. It has been a ghost town since the 1920s.
    Animas Forks, Late 1870s
  • Main Street, Animas Forks

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    Before the railroad arrived in Silverton in 1882, Animas Forks served as a regional center for commerce and mail. It had general stores, boarding houses, a jail, a newspaper, and a grand hotel called the Kalamazoo House.
    Main Street, Animas Forks
  • Remains of Animas Forks

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    The ghost town of Animas Forks annually attracts about 250,000 visitors who see it along the four-wheel-drive Alpine Loop Scenic Byway. The site includes nine buildings that are still standing as well as the foundations of roughly thirty other structures.
    Remains of Animas Forks
  • Duncan House

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    In 1879 William Duncan built a two-story wood-frame house in Animas Forks. In 2013–14 it received a comprehensive restoration as part of a site-wide stabilization project overseen by the Mountain Studies Institute.
    Duncan House
  • Animas Forks

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    Today Animas Forks is one of the most popular destinations along a popular 4-wheel alpine loop scenic byway. 
    Animas Forks

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