Hist In-Person: Colorado’s Ghost Towns


Course Details

  • Course Code: ENRICH-0852_COGT
  • Location: University Park
  • Mode of Study: In-person
  • Places Left: 20
  • Waitlist Places Left: 5
  • Fee: $135
Boomtown Victorian: The Architecture of Colorado Ghost Towns
Three In-Person Sessions
Mon., Mar. 18, 25, Apr. 1, 2024, 6:30-8:30 pm MT

The Pikes Peak Gold Rush of 1859 brought thousands to the Colorado Territory. And by the 1890s, the state was crossed with toll roads, stage lines and railroads—and dotted along their way, and at either end, were hundreds of bustling mining communities. Towns often lasted just a few months or years, only to be abandoned for the next rich strike.

In this three-part course, history buff and architect Josh Robinson shares a revealing view of what are today Colorado’s ghost towns—eerie yet fascinating remnants of the state's mining history, each with a unique architectural story to tell. Discover their urban development, their architectural slant along with architectural vocabulary—what it is, where it comes from and why it’s important. Learn what archaeology can tell us about construction techniques used, what happened to buildings after they were abandoned, and what is left of them for us to see today.

“From a backcountry explorer’s standpoint, they are definitely interesting, but when you’re armed with the ability to interpret the ruins, these towns come back to life and reveal themselves as quiet sentinels to the past,” Robinson says. “There’s a direct connection to the Old West. And when you’re visiting these sites, with just a little imagination, you can truly travel back in time.”

Josh Robinson holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree and is senior project designer at KEPHART Architects. He’s the president of the Ghost Town Club of Colorado, and participates in roles relating to exploration, education and preservation of richly historic sites.


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Days of the Week Start Date End Date Time Venue Instructor
Monday 18 March 2024 01 April 2024 06:30PM - 08:30PM All Students Joshua Robinson