Forest Service demolishing 1860s mining community of Lincoln

BRECKENRIDGE, Colo. - The U.S. Forest Service is starting demolition and cleanup work at one of the earliest mining communities on the west side of the Continental Divide.

The Lincoln Townsite is an abandoned mining community east of Breckenridge in White River National Forest. The 1860s community was never platted or incorporated, but it existed through four minor booms and busts over the course of 50 years.

"The demolition and cleanup activities are part of the Forest Service Abandoned Mine Lands Safety Closures program and include the demolition and removal of abandoned buildings, sheds, equipment, materials, and debris associated with former mine operations," officials wrote in a news release.

The Forest Service says five structures will remain intact for further evaluation as possible historic sites. Officials plan to remove abandoned buildings, sheds and mining equipment and debris.

The Forest Service says demolition will continue through early August.

GhostTowns.com says Lincoln once boasted a population of 1500 people and had two hotels.

Lincoln is within the Breckenridge Mining District along French Gulch Road in Summit County.

"We are asking the public to avoid visiting the project site due to safety concerns," said Olivia Garcia with the Forest Service.

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