Dakan, Colorado

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Dakan was a short-lived mining town, now a ghost town, in western Douglas County, Colorado, United States, in the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains.

History[edit]

The town was founded in 1896 by prospector William Wanner, who announced that he had made a shipment of ore worth $35 per ton in silver and gold from his claim, and the Castle Rock Journal declared “The future of Dakan is assured.”.[1] By Christmas 1896, there were about 300 people in Dakan, and a United States post office opened in Dakan on December 30, 1896.[2]

In January 1897 Dakan was described as having eight buildings, including hotel, restaurant, saloon, and grocery store, and contracts for five additional buildings as soon as lumber could be delivered.[3] But the ore did not live up to the hopes of the prospectors and promoters. By August 1898 the post office was closed, and the town disappeared.[4]

Geography[edit]

The town was said to be “in the shadow of” Dakan Mountain, which is 39°14′15″N 105°03′59″W / 39.23750°N 105.06639°W / 39.23750; -105.06639.

See also[edit]

List of ghost towns in Colorado

References[edit]

  1. ^ Castle Rock Journal, 18 December 1896, p.2 c.2.
  2. ^ Denver Post, 25 December 1896, p.6 c.6.
  3. ^ Denver Republican, 12 January 1897, p.7 c.3.
  4. ^ Josephine Lowell Marr, Douglas County, A Historical Journey, (Gunnison, Colorado: B&B Printers, 1983) 213.