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Ghost Town Museum

400 South 21st Street
719-634-0696

History:

Ghost Town Museum was created in 1954 to preserve a piece of Colorado’s Wild West heritage.
In 1858 the cry “Pikes Peak or Bust” opened up the heartland of the Colorado territory to the gold prospector. Gold mining became a significant factor that led to the statehood of Colorado. The miners and the people who provided services to them quickly populated the western frontier of the United States. They needed transportation, and before long the twin steel ribbons of the railroads were pushing into the mountains to transport ore for processing.
Towns sprang up overnight and by the 1860’s and 1870’s people had blanketed the west. It was a rough and tumble time. Small encampments became small towns. Small cities along the rocky mountain Front Range provided a central location for supplies and services. The search for gold drove prospectors to every mountain valley, and every mountain peak.  If gold or silver were not located, or if the mines played out, the towns were often abandoned to become ghost towns.
Little by little the raw spirit of the frontier died down.  By the time gold was discovered in Cripple Creek in 1891, the “frontier” was almost gone. Today almost nothing remains of those exciting days of the old west. A scattered pile of old lumber, a tumbled pile of rocks marking an old mine, an occasional wagon wheel or a piece of equipment. The rip roaring camps of 100 years ago have become ghost towns now only a memory of a bygone era. 
The Term "Ghost Town" is somewhat of a misnomer though  as many of these towns are still inhabited either seasonally or year round.   Many or parts of them, remain as they were 100 years ago or more.   Whether complete "Ghosts" restored, or inhabited, they all retain their deep rooted origins in Colorado mining and railroad history
Ghost Town Museum evolved from a desire to preserve a piece of this era.  An impressive collection of everyday artifacts displayed in each of the town’s buildings, which are themselves a collection of the very structures left to decay around the pikes peak region; all looking much as they would have been left 100 or more years ago. All of it is housed inside a historic stone structure, built in 1899.  The main museum building was originally, built for the Colorado Midland railroad to serve as a maintenance building for the steam locomotives that hauled gold ore from the mining districts to the Golden cycle mill located right across 21st Street from the museum. The Roundhouse is next door to Ghost Town Museum. These buildings are all that remain of the operations of the Golden Cycle company which closed the facilities in 1949.
Ghost Town Museum serves as a permanent example of what the wild west towns of 100 years ago might have been like. It has been done in a way that is enjoyable for young and old alike. There are many hands-on activities for the kids. Crank a butter churn, operate an old time arcade or nickelodeon. See a short film on the gold mining era or pan for real gold in the extensive panning areas, (seasonal).  Shop for Colorado gifts, have a picnic, or sip an old time sarsaparilla.
Ghost Town Museum serves as a preserved example and focal point to start or end a ghost town tour here, or if your vehicle or legs are not up to the challenge, simply enjoy the easy access, location and parking of Ghost Town Museum.  We're even handicap friendly, thanks for visiting and gaining a piece of Colorado history.



Reviews

Mary Jane

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Wednesday, July 18, 2018
This is a fun place to visit no matter what age you are! It is all self guided. We were able to print a $ 1.00 off coupon, per person, for admission before we arrived. You can "pan for gold" like the old-timers used to do back in the day half-way thru the museum. Lots of fun an spent about an hour in total here! They have a pretty big gift shop here that offers more than just Ghost Town Museum merchandise.

Ramon Johnston

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Sunday, July 15, 2018
Went in with low expectations and was surprised. They have done a remarkable job of finding old memorialbilia. Even more surprising is how many of the photo machines, music players and other items work. Yes they require additional quarters to play them or see but they are worth it when you consider the history or them. It's great for showing the kids how people used to view photos. The music layers were phenomenal. Overall, definitely worth a stop!

Donna Lynn

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Tuesday, July 3, 2018
Pretty cool little place. There were a few interactive exhibits that are kinda cute and fun and out back they have 2 troughs you can pan for gold. No guided tour, its self guided but all of the exhibits have enough signs that describe it. I think i spent about 3 hours there and took lots of pictures. A good value for the entrance fee I think you can see everything in one trip if you give yourself the time.

Pretty Princess

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Monday, July 9, 2018
This place is awesome. Take lots of quarters for interactive displays which are a blast. I wasn't too sure about when me and my 21 year old daughter pulled in. It turned out to be highly educational, entertaining, and fun!!!! Things to do for all ages. Wonderful philosophy and preservation of history.

taytowne

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Sunday, July 8, 2018
Great historic place to stop by! If you are in to history i definitely recommend stopping in. It doesn't cost much and you will learn a lot about the history of the place. there is also interactive things do that only cost a quarter or 2. And you also get to test your skills and pan for some gold! And yes there is real flakes of gold in there!

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