St Elmo and Tin Cup Ghost Towns

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St Elmo and Tin Cup Ghost Towns

This past weekend I visited two places I have wanted to see, but in nearly 19 years in Colorado had not made the trip to do so. I went with two friends, one also a photographer, and we had a GREAT time!  St Elmo  and Tin Cup are both what remain of once thriving mining towns, high in the mountains of Colorado. St Elmo, at 10,006 feet in elevation, was founded in 1880 and at one time had a population of 2,000. It is one of Colorado's best preserved examples of a 'ghost town', and enjoys alot of attention in the summer from tourists looking for a piece of old west history, and folks with jeeps and ATVs exploring the old mine roads. Tin Cup, named after a miner who carried his gold back to camp in a tin cup in 1859, wasn't  laid out as a town until 1879. In 1880 the census claimed 1,495 citizens. All of the buildings, and there are many, in Tin Cup are privately owned and serve as summer places for their owners. I was told, however, that there are two hardy souls who insist on remaining year year round. This past winter saw 14 feet of snow. That would do it for me....
This post and these images are for Karen Fiddler and Gail MacMillan, who asked for BIG photos.

Alrighty then :)

"The Final View"  Tin Cup Cemetery - Boot Hill  Tin Cup, Colorado

Tin Cup Cemetery - Boot Hill

"Brothel"  Main St, St Elmo, Colorado

"Brothel" - St Elmo

"Cross" Boot Hill, Tin Cup Cemetery - Tin Cup, Colorado

"Cross" Tin Cup Cemetery - Boot Hill, Tin Cup Colorado

Jail and Town Hall - St Elmo, Colorado

Jail and Town Hall - St. Elmo, Colorado

"Number 8" - St Elmo, Colorado

Number 8 - St Elmo Colorado

"Restful View" Tin Cup Cemetery, The Catholic Knoll - Tin Cup, Colorado

Tin Cup Cemetery- The Catholic Knoll - Tin Cup, Colorado


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Comments (26)

Sidney Kutchuk - Realty Works Temecula Kutchuk - Realty Works Temecula
Realty Works Temecula - Temecula, CA
Realty Works Temecula

Debi:  Your photos are just amazing, the detail is so awesome!

Aug 17, 2011 04:13 PM
Debi Boucher
Real Estate Showcase Photography - Woodland Park, CO
"Realtor Showcase" - Real Estate Photography/Virtual Tours

Thanks for checking them out! I'm glad you enjoyed the images :)  Rich, they are not HDR, just single exposure shots that got some play with Nik Software. I LOVE that stuff, LOL

Aug 17, 2011 04:38 PM
John Mayer
Oikos Realty, Cape Canaveral, Cocoa Beach Florida - Cocoa Beach, FL
Your Beach Area Expert

Wow Debbie - Like Rich, I thought some were HDR. Great shots as usual!

Aug 17, 2011 04:49 PM
Tony & Darcy Cannon
Aubrey and Associates Realty - Layton, UT
The C Team

Debi, Those are very beautiful photos!  You have done a great job with them!

Aug 17, 2011 05:11 PM
Chris Alston
Chris Alston (Keller Williams Realty, Silicon Valley, California) - Campbell, CA
Silicon Valley, California

Wow, those pictures are amazing!  Each one liked better then the last.  Great eye on taking these!

Aug 17, 2011 06:20 PM
Todd Clark - Retired
eXp Realty LLC - Tigard, OR
Principle Broker Oregon

OK, I've made up my mind, when I come to Colorado, I'm paying you to take me out for two days and give me photography lessons. I love the look of these photos!

Aug 17, 2011 07:00 PM
Karen Fiddler, Broker/Owner
Karen Parsons-Fiddler, Broker 949-510-2395 - Mission Viejo, CA
Orange County & Lake Arrowhead, CA (949)510-2395

Thank you for the bigger size, you are so good to me :) just lovely shots as usual

Aug 18, 2011 04:04 AM
Judi Boad

Hi Debi~ Brothel and No. 8 are exceptionally startling! Beautiful photos and words melding together to tell us the story. 

So glad you made it to St Elmo and Tin Cup ghost towns!

Best regards from Seattle,

Aug 18, 2011 05:30 AM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

Debi - I have never heard of Tin Cup, Colorado.  What a neat name for an Old West town.  As always your photos are such a treat.   I especially like the one of the brothel with the reflections of the sky in the windows.

CONGRATULATIONS on having this blog FEATURED in the Photos group!

Aug 18, 2011 06:49 AM
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Debi, all of these shots are just amazing!  Makes me want to check out Tin Cup on my trip west.

Aug 18, 2011 04:35 PM
William Johnson
Retired - La Jolla, CA
Retired Real Estate Professional

WOW, Debi, How nice to see you again and share in the treasures you brought us. They are each positively stunning. I hope you are doing well! We all miss you!

Aug 18, 2011 04:58 PM
Karen Kruschka
RE/MAX Executives - Woodbridge, VA
- "My Experience Isn't Expensive - It's PRICELESS"

Debi  Like everyone else, glad to see you and your fantastic photos back on AR

Aug 19, 2011 06:48 AM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

Debi,I miss your daily contributions to ActiveRain but boy do I enjoy your love of photography...

Aug 19, 2011 07:24 AM
Debi Boucher
Real Estate Showcase Photography - Woodland Park, CO
"Realtor Showcase" - Real Estate Photography/Virtual Tours

LOL Todd - Boy! That'll cost ya! If you're ever in these parts, let me know!

Karen you're welcome ;)

Thanks much for the feature Myrl!

Thanks for the FB visit Tony :)

And thanks to you all for continuing to take the time to stop in :)

Aug 19, 2011 03:09 PM
Fred Carver Personal Real Estate Corporation
RE/MAX Camosun Victoria BC Real Estate - Victoria, BC
Accredited Real Estate Consultant

Hi Cuz....Love to Go Ghost Town Hoping with you too. Maybe Todd and I could come together and both learn from the Best. Sorry I missed this post earlier.

Great Shots Well Done Ladies !

Sep 12, 2011 04:30 AM
Gail MacMillan
Titusville, FL

Hello my friend blow me away with your creativity.  I'm just catching up and a little late to the party but will be counted among those who truly appreciate the effort you put into EVERYTHING you touch.  If "10" is the standard by which excellence is judged.........then move over "10" because we now have "1000".  May life be kind to you always :-)


Sep 13, 2011 12:20 PM
Debi Boucher
Real Estate Showcase Photography - Woodland Park, CO
"Realtor Showcase" - Real Estate Photography/Virtual Tours

Come on out Cuz!

Hey Miss Gail! A little over the top, but it's just because you love me, LOL Hope you are still enjoying GA!

Sep 13, 2011 05:14 PM
Jennifer Fivelsdal
JFIVE Home Realty LLC | 845-758-6842|162 Deer Run Rd Red Hook NY 12571 - Rhinebeck, NY
Mid Hudson Valley real estate connection

Deb such beautiful work as usual. 

How are you?

Sep 14, 2011 03:38 AM
Ann Hayden 636-399-7544
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Select Properties-St. Louis Missouri - Chesterfield, MO


I really like that last one!

Ann Hayden in Wildwood, MO

Sep 19, 2011 04:12 PM
Debbie Walsh
Shahar Management - Middletown, NY
Hudson Valley NY Real Estate 845.283-3036

Deb love the photos!  I hope you are well and miss you!

Sep 27, 2011 09:10 PM