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Ghost Towns in the South

On Monday, April 22nd, I was in Trinidad, Colorado for work. At the end of my work day I left to head toward La Junta a few miles to the North East. Before I left I looked up haunted places in my area. Much to my surprise, I found several ghost towns along my route. This particular route, highway 350 between Trinidad and La Junta, was in part the original Santa Fe Trail. From 1821 until 1846, the Santa Fe Trail was a two-way international commercial highway used by both Mexican and American traders. Then, in 1846, the Mexican-American War began, and a few months later, America's Army of the West followed the Santa Fe Trail westward to successfully invade Mexico. While several people traveled the Santa Fe Trail, not all continued on. Some stopped along the way tired of the long and hot traveling, and settled down. I was privileged to stop at a few of these forgotten towns to take a few pictures and speak with a few former residents. I want to go back when I have more time and explore even further. In the meantime, I want to share with you what I saw and what was said, while in a few of these towns. Check back tomorrow for some photos and descriptions of what a few of the Lingering Spirits had to say!




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