Howardsville - Howardsville is an unincorporated community in San Juan County, Colorado, United States, along the Animas River at the mouth of Cunningham Creek. Its elevation is 9,747 feet (2,971 m). Established and laid out by the Bullion City Company as Bullion City in 1874, it was renamed later in the year, either for Lieutenant Howard, a once-prominent local figure, or for George Howard, who once had a cabin in the area.
Caddoa - The following information was provided me by Ms. Marcum: History records that in 1862 a peaceable tribe of Indians, known as the Caddos, was compelled to leave Texas because of their camps being raided by the Confederate forces. This tribe was friendly to the Union so the government undertook to aid them in getting settled in a new location.
Anaconda - Anaconda was a composite of three other mining camps: Squaw Gulch, Mound City and Barry. Once a bustling city of over 2,000 persons, the town was supported mainly by the Mary McKinney mine that yielded more than eleven million dollars in gold. It is said the mine was so rich ore was plowed out by ox teams. Anaconda had its peak in the mid 1890s .
Brandon - Just like its neighbor to the west, Chivington, I wasn't able to find out much of the history. Brandon was probably started in the late 1800's and abandoned in the early 1900's. When I go back this summer I am going to go to the Lamar library to see if I can find any information and will submit it then. However, if any of you folks know anything about the town please send it in..
Calumet - Calumet is a former mining town founded in 1904, near the portal of the Calumet Coal Mine complex. Calumet is now a ghost town in Huerfano County, Colorado, United States, northwest of Walsenburg. One of the mines, Calumet No. 2, was briefly owned by Henry J. Kaiser and maintained by Kaiser Steel between 1924 and 1971. Although small even for an underground coal mine, in 1961, the Calumet Mine was the county's leading producer.
Alpine - The story of Alpine is the story of hidden treasure. It is told a party of Spanish gold seekers passed through the area when the land belonged to the Indians. The Spaniards came across an Indian village while the braves were off on a hunt. They looted the village of many precious gold and silver trinkets and departed. But the braves returned shortly thereafter and gave chase.
Camp Bird - Camp Bird is named after just that, "Camp Birds", a common bird that ate many a miners lunch. When this mine was discovered by Andy Richardson, hired by Thomas Walsh, his lunch had just been eaten by the birds; hence the name Camp Bird. The Camp Bird mine site soon covered 900 acres. It eventually was the second largest gold mine in the state of Colorado.