Pandora, Colorado

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Pandora is an unincorporated community located 1.5 miles (2.4 km) east of Telluride in San Miguel County, Colorado.[1][2][3]

Pandora was founded in the 1880s as a mill town, serving as the site for mills of the Smuggler-Union, Tomboy, and Sheridan mines. The Rio Grande Southern railroad's Telluride branch terminated at the mills in Pandora. Milling ended during World War 2 (when by government order all precious metals mines were closed), by which time the townsite was largely covered in mill tailings. In recent years the Idarado company has been reclaiming the mill tailings, and residential development of the site is anticipated.[4]


  1. ^ "Pandora Populated Place Profile". HTL, Inc. Retrieved 2 June 2012.
  2. ^ "Pandora, United States". Information Technology Associates. Retrieved 2 June 2012.
  3. ^ "Geographic Names Information System". United States Board on Geographic Names. Retrieved 2 June 2012.
  4. ^ Jessen, Kenneth: Ghost Towns Colorado Style vol 3, p. 497.

Coordinates: 37°56′00″N 107°47′08″W / 37.93333°N 107.78556°W / 37.93333; -107.78556