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“Tin Cup” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Tin Cup

Ranked #10 of 39 things to do in Gunnison
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Owner description: Former ghost town now a Summer resort.
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68 reviews
36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
“Tin Cup”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 July 2013

We traveled a rocky, unpaved narrow road over the mountains to Tin Cup. The scenery was spectacular! There were lots to people on ATVs and dirt bikes. There is not much to Tin Cup - an expensive general store and a restaurant.

Visited June 2013
1 Thank KansasCityJo
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English first
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15 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Tin Cup”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 June 2013

We always drive through when we travel to the Gunnison area. Love the quaintness! It was a little crowded but we were just driving through.

Visited June 2013
Thank Marte J
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New York City, New York
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1,393 reviews
651 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 853 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2012

In 1860 prospector Jim Taylor dipped his tin cup to get water from a cold stream and saw golden flakes in it. It took 19 years to develop the Gold Cup Mine. The first post office was called Virginia, but then changed to Tin Cup, since the miners, loyal to Jim Taylor, insisted on the name. Tincup was truly lawless: of the eight sheriffs it had during its first 8 years, only two lived though the end of their service. Some quit, without pay, some were shot, others went insane. Just when the town was beginning to settle, the ore ran out, in 1884. After minor revivals (Town Hall was built in 1903), the closing of the Gold Cup Mine in 1917 finally ended large-scale mining. Today TINCUP is your best shot for photography in this loop: about a dozen old buildings, mostly cabins are nesting in abandoned fields and shaded by mountain picks. Town Hall is intact and in use (mostly summer residents, although the story goes some of the residents are descendent from the original settlers.) There are several newly built cabins, which are of no interest, but the old structures are isolated enough to provide beautiful pictures. The general store, supposed to sell tin cups, was not only closed but also boarded.
To get to Tincup, from Taylor Reservoir take 765S. It’s unpaved, but in very good shape and wide enough for two cars to meet easily. It’s marked 4W on the maps, but you can easily drive even in a sedan (provided it’s dry).
If you follow 765 S to 76, through Cumberland Pass, the scenery is spectacular. You’ll pass Quartz, Pitkin and Ohio City. Nothing is left of Quartz, while Pitkin and Ohio City present unremarkable mixture of old and new wooden buildings, much too close for comfort and for meaningful photos.
If you follow 76 S to 50 W,then take 135North to Crested Butte, where you can rest / sleep / have great diner.

Visited September 2012
2 Thank Oliver S
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mesa, AZ
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Don't miss the Cemetary”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2012

Fun little town with a number of historical houses. The best attraction is the cemetery outside of town.

Visited August 2012
3 Thank darcymorg
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Shermans Dale, Pennsylvania
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54 reviews
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“No crowds”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 September 2012

Nice little place to stop for coffee and chat with the locals.This is a very old town with lots of old cabins and out buildings. We walked around and just looked at all the history.

Visited August 2012
1 Thank bergyman
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