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Coal "Ghost" Towns


After last week's story I had a few questions about Franceville and the railroad. Franceville was named for Matt France, an early Colorado Springs man. Not far away was McFerran, named for Judge J.H.B. McFerran, who at first farmed that area before learning of the coal. It was the building of the railroads that really got this area going.

The coal all around this area was in a huge crescent starting near Garden of the Gods, almost all the way to Fountain. When the Denver and New Orleans railroad was building south from Denver through Black Forest to Falcon in 1879, they built a branch line...

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