Destination: Clear Creek Canon Ghost Towns (Beaver City, Vicksburg, Rockdale / Silverdale, Winfield)
General Location: Approximately 15 miles north of Buena Vista, then west 13 - 14 miles.
How To Get There: Take highway 24 north out of Buena Vista about 15 miles, then turn west on County Road 390.
Difficulty: County Road 390 is well maintained gravel and suitable for passenger vehicles all the way to Winfield.
Private Property & Responsible Recreation: Venturing off of public roads and lands onto private land is trespassing. The surrounding mountains have miles of underground tunnels and shafts. The area is dangerous and a once safe and stable area can suddenly collapse. The buildings also are in various state of decay and are also unsafe. Obey any posted signs, travel & recreate responsibly, and always tread lightly.
History of Clear Creek: Although prospecting took place in this area as early as 1867, the real activity didn't take off until 1879 when the canyon exploded with mines everywhere; the four major mines being the Tasmania, the Fortune, the Banker and the Swiss Boy. Towns sprang up everywhere. Although some of the original buildings in Rockdale/Silverdale and Beaver City remain today, only the restored remains of Vicksburg and Winfield are truly preserved for historical investigation. Many of the properties in the towns of Clear Creek are privately owned and one should watch for the "private property" signs.
Vicksburg has dedicated two buildings and a small park as museums, and interesting artifacts from the area are on display. Winfield has preserved several buildings and restored them to original condition, although they can usually only be viewed from the outside or by peeking in through the windows. Many buildings remain private and visitors are encouraged to avoid trespassing where posted.
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