A Mining Ghost Town Near Mile Hi Rafting

Colorado is filled with ghost towns. Most of them date back from the 19th century, and were once part of an essential sector in Colorado’s economy, in the time of the gold rush fever. Over time, these communities lost their relevance and ended as ghost towns, as we know them today.

Known initially as Daileyville, Silver Creek is a ghost town located about 25 minutes from Dumont, CO —where Mile Hi Rafting is located. It is accessible via unimproved road. It belongs to Clear Creek County, and it owes its original name to James Dailey, who was a local mine manager back when the town was settled. It didn’t take long before the inhabitants decided to change its name to Silver Creek, in honor of the local stream which flows into Clear Creek. Silver Creek never had a post office of its own. However, it received mail via the post office in Lawson.

 

Active for Almost 50 Years

It was back around 1875 when the town was established that silver ore deposits were discovered in that area. But it wasn’t incorporated until later on, in 1885. Silver Creek was a mining town but most of its mines —which were located upstream from the town— were closed after 1893, when silver came crashing down due to the economic depression that happened at the time. The mines were reopened during the time leading up to World War I, and even during the war since there was high demand for metals, but by 1922 they were closed again.

Although the mines had been closed, there was still a population left. They continued to struggle for some time but the last inhabitants left during the Great Depression, in the 30s. By the 70s there was nothing left but an old mill and some building foundations made of stone.

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