October 15, 2013
This is the remenents of one of the mining buildings located at Animas Forks. I processed it in B&W first, but I decided I liked the sepia tones better for this shot. At Animas Forks there are about a dozen or more buildings in varying stages of decay. However, the good news is that they are being restored through private/public funds. In the next few days you'll see some more shots of the buildings of Animas Forks, Colorado.
According to a sign on the site, prospectors wintered in "Three Forks of the Animas" in 1873 looking for silver and gold. In 1875 the name was changed to Animas Forks to accomodate the Post Office Department and funds were committed by the San Juan County Commissioners to build a road between Silverton and Animas Forks to connect with the trail from Lake City, now known as Cinnamon Pass. The town weathered the boom and bus cycles of mining until the early 1920's when metal prices fell worldwide. That was the beginning of it's transformation into the ghost town it is today.
According to Wikipedia: The town's first log cabin was built in 1873 and by 1876 the community had become a bustling mining community. At that time the town contained 30 cabins, a hotel, a general store, a saloon, and a post office. In 1882 a newspaper, the Animas Forks Pioneer, began publication and lasted until October 1886. Every fall the residents of Animas Forks migrated en masse to the warmer town of Silverton. In 1884 a 23-day blizzard inundated the town with 25 feet (7.6 m) of snow, the residents had to dig tunnels to get from building to building. Mining, speculation and processing mills helped Animas Forks grow.
Animas Forks, at an elevation of 11,200 feet (3,400 m) is more than two miles (3 km) above sea level.
Have a historic day today my friends,