COUNTY: Las Animas
CLIMATE: Winter snow; warm-cool summer
BEST TIME TO VISIT: All but winter
Take exit #27 off I-25 north of Trinidad
CO. Head West and take the 2nd left onto a dirt road running beside a RR
track. The townsite is a short distance south. All structures are behind
fenced private propert but all are near the roadside for good photos. Continue
on south along the tracks for a mile or so (maybe 2) to the 1st point where
you can cross the RR tracks (an underpass). After a mile or so along this
road, there are many mining structure founations stretching for a few miles.
I saw only one intact building, apparently a jail. It's right on the roadside.
If you follow this road (good quality dirt road), you pass a few other remains
and it eventually comes to CO-12 at the quaint but unghostly town of Cokedale.
Across CO-12 from Coakedale is a rather extensive and odd looking foundation.
REMAINS: True ghost; Several intact cabins (4/99)
The area was apparently mainly coal mining and the site of "The Ludlow Massacre". (The massacre is noted only in passing in "Clorado Ghost Towns and Mining Camps" by Sandra Dallas. Submitted by: Harold Frodge
UPDATE: Noticed your Page and thought I might share some Information.
In The Ludlow Description The Author had Cokedale Listed and Across State
Highway 12 were some strange foundations.
If you would like to read some history of the area there are a couple
of really good books tittled:
- Larry Lucas
I recently read a book by Carl Breihan called "Forty Years on the Wild Frontier" (published in 1985) which in part chronicles the events leading up to the "Ludlow Massacre" of April 20th, 1914. So many people were killed by coal company guards that day that bodies of the unfortunate victims were found years later in the surrounding hills. The book describes the events of that day through the written accounts of survivors, and in other chapters describes long-lost towns and settlements in the Walsenburg and Trinidad areas. A good source of info!