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Buckskin Joe

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1861–1866. 2 miles west of Alma on Buckskin Rd.

Nothing is left of the former county seat but a cemetery that is being reclaimed by aspen, evergreens, and wildflowers. In much better shape is the nearly intact nearby Paris Mill (1890s–1950s) and the still working Home Sweet Home Mine, which claims to be the only rhodochrosite mine in the United States. A well-preserved arrastra, an ore-crushing device fashioned from natural stone, may be found near the town on Buckskin Creek.

Writing Credits

Thomas J. Noel


What's Nearby


Thomas J. Noel, "Buckskin Joe", [Breckenridge, Colorado], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Buildings of Colorado, Thomas J. Noel. New York: Oxford University Press, 1997, 215-215.

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