Mountain States Historic-USFS, courtesy photo

Six cabins scattered on national forest land surrounding Aspen are targeted for demolition this summer in a mine lands safety closure project.

At least a portion of five of the structure dates back to the late 1800s or early 1900s, but none qualify for the National Register of Historic Places or the Colorado State Register of Historic Places.

One of the cabins has been used for 30 years as a warming hut for backcountry skiers on Burnt Mountain.

Three of the cabins provide an appearance of long-gone mining days around the ghost town of Ruby while another is hidden in the woods of Conundrum Valley.

“They might not have historical significance, but they might have historical value,” said Aspen-Sopris District Ranger Karen Schroyer.

Therefore, her formal decision on the project calls for the reclamation crews “to leave a trace of historic building components, if possible, for gradual deterioration so visitors can enjoy and ponder the local history while visiting their public lands. Partial walls, no taller than 3 feet, will be left on some of the structures, but all roofs, windows and doors will be removed.”

Read the full story at PostIndependent.com.

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