Hidden just up the hill from Central City is the old ghost town of Nevadaville. There are several original buildings, as well a few old grave sites. Along the hill side above and below town are several historic mines you can view from the road.
All of the historic buildings are on private property and closed to the public. However you can still walk around town the scenic town. Mind where you’re packing your car.
At its peak in the late 1800’s, some 4000 people lived in Nevadaville. In the 1860s and 1870s it was known as Nevada City. Being sitauted next to Central City made this a bustling place to be. The town died due to gold and silver running out around 1900.
Stroll around its handful of dirt streets and you’ll wonder what life was like back then and why the town suddenly collapsed. What happens to everyone’s things after they leave their home behind. It’s enough to get one planning an estate sale, or at least thinking about where all the relics, ruins, and myriad of stuff goes.
A few current residents still live in the area, 6 as of 1998. The Mason Lodge #4 still meets in the building today and is the only ghost town lodge in Colorado. Because of its quick access from Central City, everyone should swing by if visiting before dusk.
From Central City Parkway, heading towards Central City, take Nevadaville Road on left just before downtown Central City. Follow that to the town center with a couple miles. There’s a small parking area so you can get out and walk around.
Address: Nevadaville Road, Central City
Season: Year round