October 22, 2013

Como, Colorado : Population 20

While on family vacation in Colorado the summer before last, we left Breckenridge & wandered mountain roads frequently.

We became pretty familiar with Boreas Pass, a high Rocky Mountain pass in the form of a rough & narrow gravel road.  One day we took it all the way over the Continental Divide, south where it brought us to a tiny (almost) ghost town called Como.  Como has a handful of historic, very weathered structures, including a roundhouse, hotel and depot.  And in stark contrast there on the small patch of land and dirt lanes that is Como, there were these bold painted beauties.


Near "Como's First Catholic Church, Built 1882" (above) was a sprawling junkyard style property adorned with eccentric signs and ornaments. 

Like most places I've been, I long to go back & take more photos of Como.  An intriguing, off-the-beaten-path place in the world. 

Have you happened through Como, Colorado?


41 comments:

  1. Isn't it nice that someone is still there to CARE. A veritable ghost town turning back into a thriving community. I hope you do go back next year to see the changes and show us too. Love the little town and the spectacular scenery.

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  2. You have make beautiful photos!
    Greetings, RW & SK

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  3. Simply beautiful! Lovely shots - must be a great place for a holiday.

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    1. The Rocky Mountains are beautiful! And filled with great places to explore.

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  4. Looks like a photographer's paradise. Going off the beaten path is always the way to go.

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  5. nope, never been there but i LOVE the photos you took!

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  6. Have never been... but love how they've painted these old structures. :)

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  7. No, i've never been, but we vacation in Colorado all the time, so it will definitely go on my list! Thanks for sharing the pics!

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  8. What fabulous pictures, Amanda. You definitely have a very special "eye" for things. That last one is simply amazing, but I love them all! Thanks for sharing and no, I've never been to Como before. :-)

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  9. Wow, just love the colors. What a neat place!

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  10. It's always fun to find unique places and discover their secrets.

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  11. I have not been to Como Colorado! But I do always enjoy your photos and prose!
    Jemma

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  12. the colorful buildings are neat! :)

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  13. I love discovering old abandoned towns and derilect buildings. Looks like you hit the jackpot with Como! Nice photos.

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  14. Very colorful and looks like a place with loads of character!

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  15. Love that first photo! I've never heard of Como. Haven't travel much in CO

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    1. This was my first time exploring / staying in CO.. it's beautiful! We happened on Como mostly by accident as we came down the mountain pass. Neat little place.

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  16. I lived in the Colorado for three years, but never made it to Como. Looks intriguing. You've got some great images here.

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  17. Beautiful photos. Like the colorful houses and the red and white church too.

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  18. Your photos are wonderful. Post card images! Lovely.

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  19. Those houses are so pretty! And the glasses in the last Picture ... I need to Google the story behind this Como town :-)

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  20. I think I would want to travel there again too! Beautiful find!

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  21. I have never been there, but it looks like such a fascinating place! I love the brightly colored houses. So charming :)

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  22. Sounds like a unique and fun place to happen onto. Love the first photo, and of course the curious last one with the glasses. :)

    Visiting from Tuesday Muse

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  23. I certainly have been to Como! I live in Breck and have ridden my bike over the pass into Como. Also, one summer, a friend and I ran over because she was training for a marathon. Great photos!

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    1. Woo-hoo, Barb! In this world so full of small, unique corners.. I love connecting with someone else who has traced the same trails we have. It's not as if Boreas Pass is a major freeway that many use for getting from point A to point B. ;)
      Breckenridge & surrounding area are beautiful! Lucky you to call it home. :)

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  24. I have never happened anywhere near Como but it surely does intrigue me.

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  25. Never been here but its exactly the thing we like to do. Take a no name road and see where it goes. We call it trying to get lost.... And the results are often amazing!

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    1. That's my favorite kind of travel & exploring too, TB!

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  26. Fabulous photos. Stunning scenery.

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  27. These are wonderful! I love the simplistic beauty of these images. My favorite is the one you shared for Tuesday Muse - of the two buildings.

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  28. What a fantastic place to explore!

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  29. What a wonderful place to explore. I just love to go looking for off the beaten path towns. Your photos are wonderful.. TFS..

    Hugs~

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  30. What a discovery! I love the brightly painted buildings.

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  31. I call Como my hometown. I don't live in town but I get my mail there. It has a fascinating railroading history and its inhabitants and those in the surrounding countryside are as colorful as the houses. We are all friendly. Come out and see our corner of the world.

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    1. This made my day! I agree, the history is fascinating, the whole area was fascinating to us. We stayed in Breckenridge, but sought out the smaller & more rugged places each day.
      We did some fun exploring of old mines outside of Alma & beyond, too. I was also smitten with the town of Montezuma. I have many more photos of the structures & scenery we came across.. I plan to keep them coming as I can!

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  32. The first picture is great...I want to pack my bag and go hiking there! Wonderfully painted houses.I have never been to Como / Colorado but only to Como at the lake Como in Northern Italy.

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  33. The first photo is absolutely stunning!

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  34. It sounds like a one-of-a-kind place. It must be fascinating wondering the backroads, exploring at your own pace.

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  35. You have wandered upon a photographer's dream...heading out to nowhere with lots of surprises hidden there. And a population of 20! Now there is something you don't see every day!

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  36. What an amazing place and photography! Love that mountain road.

    Mersad
    Mersad Donko Photography

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