Thursday, May 28, 2009

Gold Rush Haunts

Miners clawed your sides
Looking for gold and silver.
Only scars remain.

In 1865, prospectors tried to make their fortune in the mines of 11,000-ft. Hahn’s Peak, which is about 25 miles north of Steamboat Springs. But when the riches dried up, Hahn’s Peak turned into a ghost town. A homesteading ranch took over the entire area, and it remained a working ranch into the 1960s. Eventually people returned to Hahn’s Peak to escape the stresses of modern life and restored the town. Today, tourists can stroll through the streets of the Hahn’s Peak Village to capture a glimpse of Old West’s past.

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Looking @ The Sky on Friday said...

We don't have mountains like that here in Arkansas! This is beautiful. I love the snow caps.
Nice job.

Thanks for playing. Happy Friday!


MaryAnn Ashley said...

Sounds like a glorious way to spend the day!

Mariposa said...

At least people are back there...and it is always a sad day when man abandon nature after trying to exhaust its wealth.

Have a great weekend!

I love the photo, btw!

jabblog said...

Neat haiku. 'The evil that men do lives after them.'

the mama bird diaries said...

That's cool. When I lived in Montana, I visited some really cool ghost towns.

Dianne said...

the haiku really expresses how we use up our planet
great job!

Tanya @ TeenAutism said...

We have an area like that here in southern Oregon. Your haiku describes it perfectly.

Kathleen said...

It's amazing there are so many ghost towns in Colorado, lots of things for us to explore now!

Jannie Funster said...

I never heard of it, just so many interesting places in This Great Land to learn about and explore. It looks like a relatively easy mountian to climb too, bet the summit view rules!

The Haiku was exqusite, love the clawed metaphor.

Mama Zen said...

This haiku is simply perfect!

Cookie said...

Great picture and waonderful haiku. I want to go visit a ghosttown someday.

bernthis said...

how cool is that. This is one place I would love to visit. I love history. I think that's amazing