The History of Crystal, Colorado
Crystal City is located in the heart of the Colorado Rocky Mountains. This 1880’s mountain town was very active in the era of silver mining and serves as an example of what living was like in the late 1880’s. At its peak, the town was home to more than 600 men, women and children who made their living by working in the mines in and around the Crystal River Valley. Generations of tough rugged folk lived and worked in harsh weather conditions surviving avalanches, rockslides and brutal cold winters at 9-thousand feet. Today, what is left of the town, provides us a glimpse into what grit, determination and chasing dreams of striking it rich from silver may have looked like more than a hundred years ago.