By the mid-1880s, the mining community of Crystal boasted a population of 400, with two newspapers, two hotels, saloons, a billiards parlor, a barber shop and the men-only Crystal Club, a booming backwoods refuge fueled by seven working silver mines, according to “Ghost Towns of the Mountain West” by Philip Varney. The 1893 silver crash nearly emptied the town, and by 1915 just 15 residents remained. A dozen old cabins are the only sign of those days, including the Crystal Club, a log building with lumber facade.
LOCATED: Crystal is 5.9 miles east of Marble on Forest Road 314. A four-wheel drive vehicle and considerable experience on rough roads are required. Consider a hike or bike ride in.