Abandoned Cabin – Found backpacking through the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, Colorado

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This is a beautiful picture! Now it’s difficult to be sure, but I suspect this cabin probably dates back to the 1880s.

In the 1880s and early 1890s the population of Colorado was really taking off because the price of silver was high and silver was relatively abundant in the Colorado Rockies. Then, in the [panic of 1893](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Panic_of_1893) the price of silver crashed – hard. The state’s population took a nose dive as people fled boomtowns.

This cabin looks built in the same style (and appears to have weathered about the same) as the many cabins I saw in the ghost town of [Teller City](http://imgur.com/a/TPB8B) up north of Kremmling. The population of that town climbed as high as 1800 residents in 1892. When the silver bust hit people left so fast that the first people to revisit the town site many years later found dishes still in sinks and clothes still in closets. Today all that’s left are a bunch of foundations and walls of aging wood.

A majority of ghost towns in our state can actually be traced to this event, and the population graphs of many mountain towns that still exist today (Aspen, Leadville, even Nederland) show peaks and crashes tied to that period. Some towns have smaller populations to this day because there were so many people back then up here trying to get rich.

[Here’s a more in-depth story about the economics of the time.](http://www.stansberryresearch.com/dailywealth/1089/colorado-s-death-blow)

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