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We left Cortez after our day at Mesa Verde and set out for Silverton to meet John and Joanne Munro with whom we had planned to spend the next day and a half, before re-joining them at their home for the last days of our trip. I dedicate this first post of our time together to them both. Thank you John & Joanne for your help, advice and generosity, your company, and for your hospitality.

We left Silverton along the unmade road, part of the Alpine Loop, to the Ghost Town of Animas Forks, built for the workers at the Silver Mine, in the 1870s. It is high in the San Juan Mountains at an altitude of 11,300ft. The winters at that altitude are harsh and the area is prone to avalanches, so as silver mining declined, by 1920 the town was abandoned.

Only a few of the original buildings remain, as most of them were demolished by avalanche or vandalised. This is the Duncan House, the most impressive of the ruins. It was built in 1879 by William Duncan, who was a silver miner and mail carrier. The smaller house behind has two rooms and a two-seater out-house. (outside toilet) This was the first time the sun came out this day as it was previously wet and cold

WS1 - a wider view
WS2 - from inside the house

ISO200, FL38mm

Edit I did a WS to brighten the house.

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