Colorado ghost town being ceded to Forest Service

FRISCO — A ghost town in southwestern Colorado is being legally abandoned and ceded to the U.S. Forest Service.

The short-lived mining town in the mountains near Montezuma called Chihuahua was mostly abandoned after a devastating fire swept through the area in 1889, destroying most of the town. The crash of the silver market in 1893 emptied out much of what was left.

According to the Summit Daily, under state statute a county attorney can initiate the procedure to abandon a town if it has failed to hold any kind of election or maintain a town government for five or more years. It is unclear what the federal agency plans to do with the property.


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