A Historic Town In Chaffee County, Colorado Granite is one of those tiny towns you may
have driven through on your way to
Leadville or some other
Rocky Mountain destination.
This was once a bustling mining town and the county seat of Lake County in the late 1800s, when
Lake and Chaffee counties were one. Once the mining played out and most people left, Granite gained the feel of a "ghost town." In fact, there are only
six year-round residents who call this place home.
In the summer, the population of Granite increases significantly, as snowbirds, vacationers and seasonal
river rafting workers come for all of the outdoor
recreational opportunities. The town is unincorporated. It's zip code is 81228.
The wonderful town of Granite is located on the banks of the Arkansas River in Chaffee County.
The schoolhouse was the main site for educating children from 1883 all the way until 1953.
NOTE: This building is privately owned and has been turned into a private residence.
DO NOT TICK OFF THE OWNERS BY SNOOPING AROUND.
There is a steeple and bell.
The entrance room has a cord that rings the bell.
Another view of the schoolhouse.
Granite is not too shabby.
Nice view of town.
Driving all over.
More Photos - December 2006
Granite is 17 miles north of Buena Vista on Highway 24.
One landmark is the
bridge over the Arkansas River.
I smoked a cigar on the bridge! The bottom right photo is the view facing north,
upstream on the Arkansas River.
A portage area for the Arkansas River.
This building served as a schoolhouse for many
residents up until the 1950's. Personally, I think the building should be re-opened
as an extension campus for Pueblo Community College or Colorado Mountain College. That would be so neat! :p)
I walked over to the Granite General Store,
which sadly, was closed! :(