Crystal Mill

On yesterday’s ride I went through the town of Crystal located on the Crystal River on a 4×4 road between Marble and Crested Butte, which is for the most part a ghost town now.  It was incorporated in 1881 but mining started in 1860.  At it’s peak the town had 400+ residents, two newspapers, a pool hall, men’s club, barber shop and two hotels.  By 1915 only 8 people  were left in the town.  Mining in the area included silver, lead, copper, and zinc.  Very little gold was found in the area.  Just past the town we cam to the Crystal Mill.

See our route here.

Crystal Mill

The Crystal Mill, or the Old Mill is a 1892 wooden powerhouse located on an outcrop above the Crystal River in Crystal, Colorado,United States. Although called a mill, it is more correctly denoted as a compressor station, which used a water turbine to drive an air compressor. The compressed air was then used to power other machinery or tools. Today it stands as a Colorado icon. -Wikipedia


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  1. john outterson says:

    looks like an awesome location for a fall ride.

  2. Scatman says:

    It was but there’s a lot of ORV’s. The moon dust was crazy!