A winter wind blows swirling flakes of snow
that blankets the quiet town of Uptop.
Light from a coal-oil lamp casts
a golden glow down a silent, powdery street.
People of Uptop long for spring days;
the shifting realm of white to robust green
when flowers spread a chorus of colors
in an alpine crescendo.
For decades they came over highland passes;
searching for gold in streams or silver in veins.
Others started ranches where the grass was good.
And each one tamed the mountain wilderness.
The depot built by section hands still stands
that once met fortune seekers coming over the Pass.
Today the rails are gone and travelers are rare.
Only a few stay in the small town of Uptop.
On Sunday at the Chapel by the Wayside
a church bell rings—renewing spirits
of humbled hearts who stay another year,
in the forgotten town of Uptop, Colorado.
Directions to the ghost town of Uptop, Colorado:
Two turnoffs to Uptop ghost town are located off Hwy 160:
• 20 minutes east of Ft. Garland, CO: turn at mile marker 276.
• 15 minutes west of La Veta or 20 minutes west of Walsenburg: turn at mile marker 281.