"Animas Forks - Ghost Town of San Juan" Animas Forks by KiKitC

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"Three Forks of the Animus" as it was once called, was a prosperous mining town, is now a ghost town visited by 100,000 visitors a year.

By 1876, in three short years, the town of Animas Forks had become a bustling mining community of gold and silver miners. The town had 30 cabins,a hotel, general store, saloon and post office. The residents would migrate to Silverton, a town just to the south and lower altitude to wait out the harsh winters.

In 1882, the Animas Forks Pioneer, the only newspaper ever published at such altitudes was founded.

Mining profits began to decline and by 1910, the Gold Prince Mill closed, and most of its parts used for a new facility in Eureka. That was the beginning of the end for this old mining town. By 1920, Animas Forks was a ghost town.

Now managed by the Bureau of Land Management, visitors can take CR-2 to the old town, and visit a few still standing structures.

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