Not far from the the Million Dollar Highway in Colorado lies the former glory of Ironton, a town that began in 1883, where workers from nearby mines would setup tents after a long day of mining silver and iron.
Pproper buildings were set up and the budding town received its post office in 1883, the railroad in 1889. At its peak, Ironton’s population reached 1,000. The Denver Depression of 1893 however caused the town to slowly deteriorate. In 1889, another boom occurred when gold was discovered, but the discovery came at a cost. The underground water contained such high levels of sulfuric acid that the miner’s equipment would corrode. This contaminated water could not be pumped economically so eventually the town slowly faded away. The town’s last two residents passed away in the 1960’s.
The ghost town is easily accessible and only a short distance away from the main road (Million Dollar Highway). Because it is so easy to get to, you will encounter quite a few people exploring the few remaining buildings.
Ironton Ghost Town Overview
- Coordinates: 37.93278, -107.68028
- Fees: FREE
- Road Difficulty: Easy
- Usage: Moderate
- Pets allowed: Yes