Abandoned Western Colorado: Ghost Towns and Mining Camps of the Rockies takes the reader on a visual voyage through the ghost towns and mining camps of the Rocky Mountains of western Colorado as seen through the eyes of author, historian and photographer, Jeff Eberle. The author has spent much of the last decade scouring the back roads, 4 x 4 trails, and footpaths of the Centennial State in a rush against time and progress to photograph the fragile remnants of Colorado's earliest days.
From solitary prospector's huts in remote back country gulches, to the weather-beaten facades of boom towns gone bust, the author has attempted to capture a few final images of Colorado's rapidly vanishing past.
The author hopes to help raise awareness and public interest in the preservation and protection of Colorado's historic sites and structures. What one might see as merely an old, rusty eyesore, another sees as an aged beauty who stood silent witness to the hard work and struggle that gave birth to the Colorado we know and love today.
About the Author
JEFF D. EBERLE, a native of Colorado, is a freelance writer, author, historian, and photographer. He has written two Colorado ghost town guidebooks, as well as The Gray Ghosts of Colorado, a book covering the sociopolitical climate of Colorado Territory during the Civil War. He is a regular writer and photographer for Montana Ghost Towns and Beyond magazine. Eberle has a blog at: lifedeathiron.com, and he manages the Facebook page Colorado Ghost Towns and Historic Towns, which has over 6,000 followers. He hopes to share his passion for the preservation of history with others by engaging them through his photography.