Independence Ghost Town


The settlement near the top of the west side of Independence Pass had a number of original names, including Chipeta, Farwell and Sparkhill, but legend has it that Billy Belden, one of the original prospectors in the Roaring Fork Valley, hit a rich vein of gold on July 4, 1879, and named the claim, and the tent city around it, Independence. The Farwell Stamp Mill, whose remains can be found near Mile Marker 57, was built in 1881 and the town built up to a peak population of 1,000 during the summer months and around 350 people year-round. By 1890, the ore in the area was played out and the town went into decline, with its last resident leaving in 1912.


Hwy 82
Aspen, CO 81611


39.10674500, -106.60355000
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(970) 925-3721

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