Status: Ghost Town
Date Settled: 1874
Current Population: none
Peak Population: na
Elevation: 9,747 Feet ( 2,971 meters)
Primary Mineral: Gold, Silver
Gallery: View 2 Howardsville, Colorado Photos
Established in 1874, Howardsville was an important early mining camp and the first county seat of La Plata county. However, it wasn't long before La Plata county was carved up into smaller counties, and Silverton took over the county seat for the newly established San Juan County. Howardsville's post office, which was the oldest on the Western Slope of Colorado*, closed in 1939.
Howardsville is roughly four miles east of Silverton and is the location of the famous Old Hundred mine.
*Steamboat Pilot November 16, 1939