Ouray and environs: part 9 (Ironton)
South of Ouray and just north of Red Mountain Pass — and across Red Mountain Creek from Hwy. 550 — lies a well-preserved series of structures that are all that remains of Ironton, once home to 1,000 or so souls.
Ironton lies on a rare stretch of level terrain surrounded by the crags and hillsides that are more typical of the region. It (Ironton) served as something of a transportation hub between Silverton and Ouray and the numerous mining outposts arrayed between them.
Upstream from Ironton itself sits the Colorado Boy mine and headframe, recently somewhat rehabilitated from its state of imminent collapse and accessible by a short hike from the ghost town itself.
Farther up the valley towards Red Mountain Pass are a series of old structures surrounding the Yankee Girl mine, including this tumble-down headframe at the Diana claim.
This series of photos was taken in 2004 with my old trusty Canon 10D, which still serves me well as a backup body. With the advent of the 5D MkIII, however, I think it might be just about time to upgrade.
(Note to self: begin developing strategy for breaking this to the wife.)