COLORADO COUNTY: Boulder
ROADS: 2WD MOSTLY DIRT
CLIMATE: Lots of snow in winter, windy always, cool summer
BEST TIME TO VISIT: Summer, mild springs or falls DIRECTIONS TO
CARIBOU: Drive 0.4 miles north of Nederland on Colo 72, turn west
on County Rd 128, go 5 miles. No current residents. Old Cross
mine (silver) currently being mined by Tom Hendricks for gold.
REMAINS: Stone foundation of Sherman House (finest hotel) and
assay office, one cabin and some gravestones
is near Nederland, Colorado, which is about 30 miles outside of
Denver. The road takes you through Nederland, and up into the hills
on a dirt road. Once you encounter the old Ghost Town of Caribou,
a sense of loneliness immediately takes hold. It is a very dreary,
creepy place, especially in the late fall when I visited there.
I am sure it is a little less so in the summer when it is warmer,
but when I was there, it was a very empty place. There are numerous
foundations to old buildings, but no signs of life at all as far
as I could see. I understand that there is a couple that lives here
who are caretakers of the mine. I am sure the real estate business
in Caribou is booming. Don't get me wrong, it was a great deal of
fun visiting here. A lot of history here, and you can sense it.
Caribou is known as "The
Place were winds were born" and is located Caribou high in
the mountains at 9800 feet.. The Caribou mine produced an estimated.
$8 million before closing in 1884. Caribou helped to give Colorado
the nickname "Silver State"