Visit to Como – Colorado Ghost Towns
We had been cooped up for a while after moving into the new house and finally decided it was time to get out and go for a little drive. I chose Como because it is relatively close (hour and 45 minute drive), looked like it would be interesting, and didn’t require waiting until spring to get to.
I still don’t know what my fascination is with old buildings, things in decay, and especially ghost towns. I think my imagination is stirred by the hope that people once had that they built a town and then the despair that must have occurred to the point of people simply walking away from everything they had built.
Como was the railroad hub of the area in 1879 and thus a town was built to provide necessary services, stores, a hotel, and other amenities. When the trains stopped coming, commerce ended, and such was the end of Como as a viable town.
There isn’t a whole lot to see besides a few worn out buildings and rather ornately decorated (mostly with skulls and antlers) buildings of the residents. I wouldn’t suggest making Como a destination drive but rather a stop before heading over the pass to Breckenridge.
Barely 100 feet from the main road, our tires went into a ditch that was covered over with snow. Two hours of using my best Survivorman skills did nothing to get the car out. I ended up having to walk a mile back down a road until I got cell signal and was able to call AAA.
On the way back, I just had to stop and get some shots of the river being frozen over. Nature at its best (or worst) is always intriguing.
Another Colorado adventure is now in the history books and a very important lesson was learned about driving off-road in snow conditions.