NAME: Crested Butte
COUNTY: Gunnison
CLIMATE: Cold winter, mild summer
COMMENTS: Just North of Gunnison.
REMAINS: A few buildings.

For a state primarily known for its production of gold and silver, Colorado also was a coal producer. Crested Butte was the site. On January 24, 1884, a tremendous blast shook the town as if an earthquake of monumental proportions had happened. The residents, of course, knew exactly what had occurred. Rescuers brought to the surface 59 bodies after thirty-six hours of grueling effort. The town also had another problem. Avalanches. Located at the 9,000 foot level and on the side of the mountain, avalanches were a constant fear. In February of 1891, an avalanche wiped out almost the entire camp complex at the coal mine with the loss of a number of people including women and children. Crested Butte survived as a coal-mining town until train locomotives started using diesel fuel. The end of Crested Butte was in sight although a few stores still serve ranchers and vacationers. A visit is well worthwhile to see the buildings that have been preserved and the cemetery where rest the victims of the mine disaster and avalanches. Submitted by Henry Chenoweth.

Crested Butte Museum - a must visit, July 1999
Todd Underwood

Crested Butte
Courtesy Dolores Steele

Crested Butte
Courtesy Dolores Steele

Unusual marker
Courtesy Dolores Steele

- In memory of the men who died in - The Jokerville Mine Explosion - Jan. 24, 1884
Courtesy Dolores Steele