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Galena

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Fremont County has many mining towns that eventually faded away to become ghost towns. One such town was Galena, named for the galena ore found there. It began sometime in the late 1870s and had a listed population of 300 in 1887. It was located right along the Fremont County and Custer County line south […]

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Coal Creek

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The oldest coal camp in Colorado, Coal Creek, was once quite a large bustling hub of activity. The town was first platted in 1887 by Harry and Willard Teller. However, the town had already been well established by that point however with coal discovered in 1860. The first major coal mine was the Canfield, doing […]

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Calcite

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Fremont County has had its fair share of company towns whose survival depended on the mining and industry operations of large companies like Colorado Fuel and Iron Company (CF&I). Some, like Brookside, managed to survive when the companies pulled out, while others, such as Chandler, became ghost towns with only a few foundations remaining. Calcite, […]

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Brookside

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Brookside was incorporated as a town on May 22, 1913. The first land homesteaded in the area had actually been by a man named Sylvester Davis. In 1887 he filed a plat just north of what later became Brookside. In 1888, the town of Brookside was founded by W.D. Thatcher and Willard P. Strong who […]