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Guston Colorado
By Jerry Clark

The town of Guston was a late addition to the Red Mountain Mining District. Located at the foot of Champion Gulch on the Silverton Railroad line, the town was formed around the workings of three large mines; the Guston-Robinson, the Yankee Girl and the Genessee-Vanderbilt. The Guston post office was established on January 26th, 1892 and closed on November 16th, 1898.

The English preacher Rev. William Davis succeeded in establishing a church in Guston in 1892. He had been unsuccessful in establishing one in Red Mountain Town. The day the church was dedicated in Guston, a fire in Red Mountain destroyed the town's commercial district. More than one resident of Red Mountain was noted to have questioned the effects of divine intervention. The church at Guston not only had a bell, it also had a steam whistle to signal the miners that services were about to start.

Guston declined rapidly after the Silver Panic of 1893. The effects of later sporadic workings and recent environmental cleanup have removed any traces of residences, although the shaft house of the Yankee Girl, and a few remains of the Guston-Robinson mine are still standing.

s0030.jpg - 10705 Bytes Miners at the Yankee Girl Mine
Guston, Colorado - 1888
Otto Mears and CW Gibbs were still pushing the new Silverton Railroad up from Burro Bridge to Red Mountain Pass

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smal_1_039_robinson.jpg - 9521 Bytes Remains of the Robinson mine's
combination shaft and power house
along the Silverton Railroad

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smal_1_040_robinson.jpg - 7132 Bytes Remains of the Robinson mine's
combination shaft and power house
along the Silverton Railroad

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sj0011.jpg - 6843 Bytes Remains of mine structures in Guston

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sj0008.jpg - 7664 Bytes Red Mountain Mining District viewed from US 550

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sj0009.jpg - 8124 Bytes Red Mountain Mining District viewed from US 550

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sj0015.jpg - 12444 Bytes The Yankee Girl Mine

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sj0016.jpg - 13840 Bytes The Yankee Girl Mine

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sj0010.jpg - 13040 Bytes The Yankee Girl Mine

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sgust_1.jpg - 8646 Bytes Area around old Guston town site as seen from highway 550

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sgust_4.jpg - 7538 Bytes Area around old Guston town site as seen from highway 550

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sgust_3.jpg - 14513 Bytes Area around old Guston town site as seen from highway 550

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sgust_2.jpg - 7733 Bytes Distant view of the Emma Mine taken from highway 550

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sjoker_1.jpg - 7378 Bytes Joker Tunnel Boarding House
The Tunnel is just out of view
1996

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sjoker_2.jpg - 8624 Bytes Joker Tunnel Boarding House
1996

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sgust_6.jpg - 7008 Bytes Ironton Park

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