Carr-Crossing – Colorado Ghost Town
by local author & historian: John LaBorde
Near the Intersection of CR 27 and CR D is the area of Carr-Crossing – Colorado ghost town. In this vicinity the USGS map lists three different locations for the Post Office. These locations are out in the pasture of a local rancher.
The 1914 location is NW of the junction about a mile, sitting near a draw. In 1917 the Carr Crossing Post Office moved to a location SW. It was situated on a road that connected the Kit Carson stage route to the Goodnight cattle trail to the Northwest. In 1920 the Post Office was moved again to a place NE of the intersection.
It is possible the different locations were houses of different settlers in the area and the Post Office retained the name Carr-Crossing for the country school that was in the area. Many times the settler would leave or didn’t want the Post Office any more.
Here along the ridge, elevation of about 5000 feet, one has a view to Pikes Peak. On a clear day the Peak looks out over the plains of southern Lincoln County.
There are a couple of homes in the area, otherwise it is a clear vista out across the plains. Cattle drift over the grasslands grazing, a few antelope stand nearby. It is a land not much unchanged over the centuries.
The shadows of former times float over the trails crossing the area, dropping down into gullies, crossing dry creeks, climbing back up the hillside. There are a few relics in the pastures of where buildings once stood. Many of the early dwellings were dug outs or adobe. Not much remains of them. Occasional ruts can be seen on the grasses where wagons rolled.
Today the area of Carr-Crossing is open land with an uninterrupted view over the prairie.
The ghosts of past days amble over the land, trails are covered, overgrown, long gone, memories are faint.
More information and GPS coordinates can be found here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carr,_Colorado