Ironton, Colorado

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Ironton Ghost Town in 2014

Ironton was a town in Ouray County, Colorado, United States. It lay south of the present town of Ouray.

Ironton (aka Copper Glen) was built on flatter ground than surrounding towns. Settled in 1883, within three weeks three hundred buildings were being built. It was a staging area for supplies coming from Ouray.[1] Ironton was a major transportation junction between Red Mountain Town and Ouray in addition to having some of its own mines. Ironton had a peak population of over 1000 and had two trains arriving daily from Silverton. There were many chain stores from the nearby cities of Ouray and Silverton. The town lived into the first part of the 20th century but slowly faded as mining operations declined.[2] The final resident of the town, Milton Larson, died in the mid-1960s.[3] The town site is still occasionally visited by tourists.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Colorado Past". Retrieved 4 May 2011. 
  2. ^ "Ghost towns". Retrieved 4 May 2011. 
  3. ^ "Ironton Colorado Townsite - Ghost town". Retrieved 2 Mar 2014. 
  4. ^ "The Ghost Town of Ironton, Colorado". Retrieved 2 Mar 2014. 

Coordinates: 37°55′58″N 107°40′49″W / 37.93278°N 107.68028°W / 37.93278; -107.68028