This mining camp borrowed its name from nearby Mt. Gothic, whose rock formations were likened by Hayden Survey topographer Henry Gannett to a cathedral's pinnacles and flying buttresses. Several hundred people lived here during the 1880s, but only five buildings remain of their log and frame city. The well-preserved, two-story, false-fronted town hall (c. 1880) is now a visitor information center and general store.
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