August/September 2006 | Volume 57, Issue 4
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About a mile from Aspen, Ashcroft, now a ghost town, was set up along Castle Creek by silver prospectors, who, like their fellows, experienced boom and bust in the flicker of an eyelash. After silver’s decline some old-timers stayed on, and during a fascinating tour of some 20 structures including saloons, cabins, hotels, the old jail and post office (all but 3 of them original), one gets a sense of what drew them to live out their lives in this isolated but beautiful spot. In the summer months guides called “living ghosts” vividly summon up a sense of what it was like to inhabit the 1880s mining town once known as Aspen’s Evil Twin.