Bakerville, Colorado

Coordinates: 39°41′29″N 105°48′18″W / 39.6914°N 105.8050°W / 39.6914; -105.8050 (Bakerville)
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Mining ghost town
Bakerville in the late 1860s
Bakerville in the late 1860s
Bakerville is located in Colorado
Location within the state of Colorado
Coordinates: 39°41′29″N 105°48′18″W / 39.6914°N 105.8050°W / 39.6914; -105.8050 (Bakerville)
CountryUnited States
CountyClear Creek
9,787 ft (2,983 m)
 • Total0
Time zoneUTC-7 (Mountain (MST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-6 (MDT)
ZIP codes
GNIS feature ID196497[2]

Bakerville is a ghost town in Clear Creek County, Colorado, United States. It is located west of modern-day Silver Plume, south of I-70 near the fourteener peaks of Grays and Torreys.


Bakerville is located south of I-70, along Stevens Gulch Road, which runs towards Grays and Torreys to the South. The location is where Quayle Creek, flowing from Grays and Torreys, feeds into Clear Creek, which flows from the Continental Divide.[3] The town is roughly 5 miles (8.0 km) east of the entrance to the Eisenhower Tunnel and 8 miles (13 km) northeast of Montezuma. The site currently includes a parking lot and several small structures.


The settlement was founded by three men–John Baker, William F. Kelso, and Dick Irwin–in 1865 to support their mine. The town and Baker Mine were named for Baker, while the mountain the town sits below was named for Kelso.[4] By the late 1860s, the town sported several log cabins and fences built from timber logged off of Kelso Mountain.[3]

In 2010, Clear Creek County opened a portion of paved trail connecting Bakerville with the Loveland Ski Area. This trail addition was part of a larger project of bike and pedestrian trails ranging from where U.S. Route 6 enters eastern Clear Creek County from Jefferson County to the Bakerville portion that merges with the Continental Divide Trail and leads into Summit County.[5]

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  1. ^ "Bakerville (in Clear Creek County, CO) Populated Place Profile". CO HomeTownLocator. Retrieved February 16, 2021.
  2. ^ "Bakerville, Colorado". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey, United States Department of the Interior. April 1, 1990. Retrieved February 16, 2021.
  3. ^ a b "Bakerville, Colorado". Denver Public Library Special Collections. Retrieved February 16, 2021.
  4. ^ "Colorado Place Names (B)" (PDF). The Colorado Magazine. Vol. XVII, no. 3. May 1940. Archived from the original (PDF) on March 7, 2021. Retrieved February 16, 2021.
  5. ^ "Clear Creek County Greenway". Idaho Springs, CO: Clear Creek County. Retrieved March 7, 2021.

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