Back in high school one of the things that my friends and I would do is explore the abandoned places around northern Colorado. My hometown, Kersey, is a tiny town of less than 2,000 people and is surrounded by farms and random small communities. Many of these would have old abandoned buildings and structures. In some places entire communities had become ghost towns.
I remember my friends and I would all hangout until late night then sneakily make our way to explore these “haunted” and broken down places.
If anybody from high school is reading, remember the church with the piano in the basement? How about the old farming community that used to be by the airport? Keota? Good times : )
One of the ghost towns, Dearfield, is a bit more well-known and is now a historical landmark. Surprisingly, back in high school I didn’t know about it and never made a late night trek to explore.
I had heard of the town, heck I had driven past it who knows how many times. For some reason though, I never really looked into it.
It wasn’t until a photography contest came around that I started doing some research on abandoned ghost towns in Colorado. That’s when I came across Dearfield, saw it was 18 miles east of Kersey and decided to make the drive and check it out.
Dearfield was a black settlement that began back in 1910. Settlers began farming the land and after some time eventually turned it into a successful little community. When the Great Depression came around the community suffered and the majority of the population left to seek opportunity elsewhere. The town never came back from the hit and faded away.
Now a registered Colorado historic landmark, a monument was placed in 2010 next to one of the few buildings left.
Dearfield was an interesting place to check out and learn about. It’s this kind of stuff relating to the area where I grew up that I think would have been nice to learn about back in school.
Have you ever explored any abandoned ghost towns?