REVIVED GHOST TOWN IN COLORADO | By Stefanos Chen, The Wall Street Journal
Two sisters sold their Boston-area homes to restore an Old West town; ‘we discovered we’d never wear stockings or high heels again.’
Dianne ‘Sam’ Law, 66, and Deb Lathrop, 63, spent most of their adult lives working corporate jobs in a town outside of Boston. But after the sisters visited Colorado’s sleepy town of La Veta in Huerfano County, they said they fell in love with the scenic vistas and friendly people. Enamored with the lifestyle, they said they bought almost 300 acres outside of La Veta for $1 million, including the mineral rights. They bought the property in late 2000, according to county records. The property the sisters purchased, an empty area known as ‘Uptop,’ ‘Old La Veta Pass’ or just the ‘ghost town,’ was founded in the 1870s after the establishment of a railroad route, according to documents submitted to the National Park Service.
Many of the town’s historic buildings, including the original train depot, shown at right, are in remarkably good condition, according to the documents. The town is 40 acres. Ms. Lathrop, at left in red, and Ms. Law are shown in a recent photo. Ms. Lathrop worked in market research for the finance and tech industries and Ms. Law worked in communications and strategic planning. They have always lived near each other, and said that they came to the decision to live in Colorado separately before deciding to make this purchase. ‘We sold our homes back East and became cowgirls,’ Ms. Lathrop said, laughing.
The property was listed in May for $2 million with Kerry Endsley and Jon Goldberg of Fuller Sotheby’s International Realty in Denver. The ghost town is included in the sale, but there is also the potential to build a new home on the 210 acres outside of the town, Mr. Endsley said. Read the full Wall Street Journal article here. Fuller Sotheby’s International Realty is a leader in the sale and purchase of residences throughout Colorado. For inquiries visit fullersothebysrealty.com or call 303.893.3200.