Caribou, Colorado


Caribou Details

Status: Ghost Town

Date Settled: 1870

Current Population: non

Peak Population: 3,000

Elevation: 9,970 Feet (3,039 meters)

Primary Mineral: Silver

State: Colorado

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Caribou Description

Caribou was established about 1870 to house miners from the Caribou silver mine. The town had one church, three saloons, a brewery, and its own newspaper, the Caribou Post. The Caribou mine was sold for $3 million in 1871 to Dutch investors, but the new owners found that the best ore had already been removed. The mine struggled until 1876, when controversial Colorado entrepreneurs Jerome B. Chaffee and David Moffat bought the mine, incorporated it, and sold shares in New York. A fire burned down the town in 1879. By the 1920s, Caribou was home to fewer than 50 people. At its peak in 1875, Caribou's population was estimated to be about 3,000 people

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Did You Know.......

A mine is a hole in the ground, owned by a liar.
-Mark Twain


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