Elkton, Colorado

Elkton History

The community of Elkton was established at the Elkton mine, one of the district's largest producers. There were many rich mines in the vicinity of Elkton that spawned settlements, including Arequa, Beacon, & Eclipse. Elkton became the primary settlement in this area, and was awarded the post office that served the miners at the various mine camps nearby.

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Elkton, Colorado 1895

As of late 1902, the Cripple Creek Times described Elkton as having "no municipal organization, its population being made up principally of miners employed at the great Elkton mine."

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Elkton, Colorado ca. 1905

A book on Colorado Ghost towns published in 1970 states that "Much of Elkhorn remains" and that a few miners still lived there. Unfortunately today the entire town site has been consumed by an open pit mine.

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Company H at Elkton, Colorado during the 1903 labor unrest

Elkton had a post office 1895-1926.

An Ode to Elkton, Colorado

The author poses in front of an Elkton, Colorado building

Author Jan MacKell Collins describes her fondness for the mining town of Elkton, Colorado. “Being there somehow made me feel at home, and I slowly but surely fell in love with that old ghost town.” An Ode to Elkton, Colorado.

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Placer mines at Cripple Creek, Colorado ca. 1892

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