Where Eagles Fly : Tuckerville Colorado ~ Mountain High Ghost Town

in photography •  8 months ago

This is the high mountain site of an old mining town called Tuckerville, Colorado. With the snow covering the mountain sides you can clearly see the old roads on the lower right side of this image. These roads once had tents on both sides and in that clear somewhat flat area there used to be 6 large bunkhouses, a workshop, and a mess hall. All the old buildings have been lost to the elements but this was all in full operation for 9 years from from 1920 to 1929.  

Now it is nothing but an empty mountain top in the Weminuche Wilderness of the San Juan Mountain Range in the high Rocky Mountains of Colorado. To read my full article on this awesome mountain and the history of the abandoned mining town you can visit my project website for "Where Eagles Fly" - Go Here

About The Project

Where Eagles Fly - The American Wilderness Expedition is my personal mission to introduce people to these amazing locations that surround us. I am piloting a bush plane while exploring and filming throughout the remote back-country areas of North America to raise awareness of the 47% of the USA and 90% of Canada that remain unpopulated wilderness.

About The Author

My name is Zedekiah Morse and I'm a Bush Pilot, Photographer, Explorerand Filmmaker. I live in the Rocky Mountains and devote my time and resources to exploring as much of the world as I can by air.

If you wish to watch a short film detailing how I do my work and this project, go here

Thank you for your support and Yehaw!!    

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Love this post , Colorado is just amazing part of the country


True that my friend! It is a beautiful place.

Wow amazing that people were there at all in the 20's. Thanks for what you do,super cool project you've got going!


Thank you, Adam, glad you like the project and please spread the word! I agree, it is amazing that folks lived up there on the mountain side in very harsh conditions!!

Sure see a lot of details in the larger photo!
What a beautiful area, must look amazing all
decked out in fall colours!
Minus 40s is hard enough to endure, must of
been extremely hard mining back then.

My husband and I were just talking about how
awesome and unique your work is!! We just
love it! Thank you @skypilot!!


Thanks so much!! I really appreciate both of your support for the project. Yes, can you imagine what it must have been like up there in the cold of winter?! The lure of digging riches out of the mountain was very strong and people went thru a lot of misery and suffering to try and strike it rich.

Very nice my friend!


Hey bud, good to hear from you! Hope you're getting some good flying in!


The flying has been pretty good over here. I have been loving it. How have you been?

All those Moments must be etched in your veins
and the best thing - nobody can get them out off you!
Those Moments are in you and define you <3
Awesome - keep it up brother :)


Thanks, Johannes, great thing to say!! Stay tuned, I have some awesome places I have just finished shooting!

I watched your movie, you are a real pilot with a steep beard, but why are you without a helmet? I envy you, because you can see such beauty.
How are you not afraid to fly on such a small airplane?


LOL !!!!!!!!! I love it.... a steep beard!! yes indeed. I fly without a helmet because it would be too heavy on my head for long duration flights. And as much as I move my head around it would be very uncomfortable. If you notice in the film, look around my cockpit (inside of the airplane) and you will see that all the crossbars are covered with padded wrapping. And much like inside a racecar, this is the same type of padding which will help protect me if my head hits it. During really violent winds I can get thrown around a lot!

I think it does not scare me because I was raised flying small airplanes and have been doing it all my life so to me it is a very natural thing to do. I am more comfortable in the air than on the ground!


Many pilots say that they feel more comfortable in the air. My husband's grandfather was a pilot...
Is it true that your aircraft can be landed, even if there are problems with the engine? And one more question: do you have a parachute during the flight?


Yes they can be landed even if the engine fails. My bushplane has an 11 to 1 glide ration, meaning that for every 1,000 ft I am in the air I can glide 11,000 feet, or a little over 2 miles. So if I am 3,000 feet above ground then I have a 6 mile radius to find somewhere flat LOL! No I don't have a parachute when I fly. They are very uncomfortable to fly with.


Thus, you can fly without an engine in absolute silence. It's amazing. What do you feel during this flight?