Granite on Highway 24. Photo: Jeffrey Beall
Granite is a tiny highway-side village scenically tucked away beside the Arkansas River. It’s located halfway between Leadville and Buena Vista on U.S. 24.
The town consists of mostly homes and nothing commercial. The two largest mountains in Colorado, Mount Elbert and Mount Massive, are close-by. Granite sits at 9,012 feet. In 2010 there was a population of 116.
The town began as a gold rush town, peaking as a booming city of 3,000. It’s located next to other four other Chaffee County ghost towns.