Status: Ghost Town
Date Settled: Early 1880s
Current Population: A few
Peak Population: 1,000+ (1890s)
Elevation: 8,642 Feet ( 2,634 meters)
Primary Mineral: Gold, Silver
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Mining around Eldora had taken place starting in 1875. The official town of Eldora wasn't established until around 1882 when gold mining in the area became a sustainable activity. The town gained further prosperity as a supply center and railroad hub for the surrounding district. Eldora's boom years were during the 1890s, when as many as 1,500 residents occupied the town. By 1898, Eldora was home to a bank, a post office, a school, nine hair saloons and seven grocery stores.