There’s so much to do in Buena Vista….
Buena Vista has a rich mining history, with three railroad companies serving the area. One of these railroads was abandoned when the mines played out. In the late 1900’s the rails were removed and the old railroad bed was converted into a general purpose recreational roadway, open to cars, ATV’s, bikes and bikers. On June 30 we (John Brandon, Carol and myself) visited the old railroad bed, complete with tunnels blasted out of the rock.
On July 1 we drove to St. Elmo, a ghost town in Chaffee County, Colorado. Founded in 1880, St. Elmo lies in the heart of the Sawatch Range, 20 miles southwest of Buena Vista and sits at an elevation of 9,961 feet. Nearly 2,000 people settled in this town when mining for gold and silver started. The mining industry started to decline in the early 1920s, and in 1922 the railroad discontinued service. The community is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as the St. Elmo Historic District. It is one of Colorado’s best preserved ghost towns.