Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Memories of Turret

Gayle Christison on Tractor at Turret with dog, Scrappy

Last fall, when John and I drove up road 175, the first place I was anxious to see was Turret. Turret is a ghost town west of Cameron Mountain. It became a town later in 1897 when the Vivandiere and Gold Bug mines were in operation. My great-grandfather, Lewis Christison, worked as a miner at Turret in the 1930's, long past its glory days.

When I was little, my parents loved to go four-wheeling and poke around ghost towns. Turret was a favorite place to camp at. My favorite part of going to Turret was sitting on the old tractor with iron wheels and pretending to drive. This prepared me for my later wheat-farming days. But, I never drove that old tractor through a fence!

I was surprised to find new cabins built in Turret. Several for sale. Of course, I fell in love with one. Maybe someday, when I am rich and famous!


Marlene Depler said...

Just catching up on blogs! Sorry I have been out of the loop for so long.

~Cheryl said...

I have a couple of photos of my grandmother and aunt visiting Turret about 65 years ago. They lived in Salida. A couple of those newer cabins have been on sale for half-price!

Gayle Gresham said...

How fun to have those photos! I'm going to have to find out if there are any photos of my family when they lived in Turret. Half-price, hmmmm.... I'll have to start sweet-talking my husband! Oh, he'll tell me to finish my book so we can pay for it.