CLIMATE: Cool winter with snow, cool summer
BEST TIME TO VISIT: Summer
Many current residents, semi-ghost.
REMAINS: Current residents, many original buildings.
| Poncha Springs is unique
in the history of mining towns in Colorado. It is one of very few, maybe
the only one, that had prohibition tendencies of the principal owners of
town property. This tendency resulted in a clause prohibiting the sale of
intoxicating liquor on any property owned by them. The result was their
goal-a small proportion of saloons to other types of businesses. The town
also had a library, a rarity in any mining town during the 1870s, 80s and
90s. Prior to its boom years during the 1870s, Poncha Springs was already
established as a health resort with nearly a hundred mineral springs with
temperatures varying from 90 to 185 degrees. The town flourished for only
a few years, being almost totally destroyed by fire in 1882 and was never
rebuilt. What remain as landmarks are the Jackson Hotel and a large brick
Submitted by Henry Chenoweth.