- Associated Press - Thursday, November 6, 2014

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) - Owners of a tiny collection of cabins high in the western Colorado mountains voted to keep the community an incorporated town, and some want to revive the area.

It’s not clear whether Carbonate will have a functioning town government after Tuesday’s 9-0 vote, The Glenwood Springs Post Independent reported Thursday (https://tinyurl.com/k2ss76v ).

“We’re still mulling our way through that,” said Tim Thulson of Glenwood Springs, one of the owners.

Carbonate occupies about 1 square mile in the Flat Tops mountain range at 11,000 feet above sea level. It was once a booming mining town and was the original Garfield County seat. The town, surrounded by the White River National Forest, can only be reached by snowmobile during winter months.

Most of the property owners live in the nearby Glenwood Springs area and have cabins in Carbonate. A dozen of them petitioned a court for the election to see whether the other owners wanted to remain incorporated.

Don Sullivan, a Glenwood Springs real estate agent who is one of the Carbonate owners, wants to see the town revived.

“We’re trying to make a town out of it, and do some marketing to get some interest up there again,” he said.

County real estate records show the town is laid out on a grid system with 25-foot-wide lots. The plans show streets, although none actually exist at the site.

The 25-foot lots aren’t big enough for residences, so they would have to be sold in blocks, Sullivan said.

“It’s got to be done right, or we won’t do it,” he said.


Information from: Post Independent, https://www.postindependent.com/

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