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New Colorado ghost town

In 1890, a young prospector entered the town of Aspen looking to spend his good luck at the local mercantile. Times were good! The Red Onion was bustling with the dreams of young entrepreneurs and families looking to stake a claim.

The Aspen scene feels similar to the fall of mountain towns in Colorado during the end of boom time. The retail rush is over and the stores are leaving! Eddie Bauer, Todds, Gucci and even Chanel is just the beginning of what looks like the start of tough times to come.

Just walk around town and count on both hands the number of empty stores and talk to the locals who wonder what the future holds for Aspen. No more impressive ski events, just land purchases in the millions and high rent.



Tourism revenue is vital in sustaining this old town and the families that live here.

Is it possible? That the ghost towns of this century will consist of billionaires, five-star restaurants, the ticket police and nothing else?! In the likely event Aspen fails, will there be a need to elect city officials or will they go quietly as times seem to dictate?




Tommy Carroll

Old Snowmass


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