Copperfield Homestead is a nice historic property located about nine miles north of the small comfortable town of Cotopaxi, Colorado. The town of Copperfield developed on the rich mining history of West Fremont County to consolidate several mining claims housed under the Copperfield Consolidated Copper Company and once consisted of 1000 acres of land. You now have the opportunity to own 240 acres of this original township.
Still present on the property is the old blacksmith shop, a bunk house, a barn and the old original post-office. As a matter of fact, the old post-office for the town, is now beautifully restored and is the main home for this interesting piece of Colorado history.
The one and a half story, three bedroom and one and three-quarter bathroom home is constructed of 10” and 6” logs and frame combination.
The kitchen is nicely crafted with beautiful pine cabinets, tile counter-top, GE double ovens, dishwasher, and electric cook-top with fan and two refrigerators and authentic rust-red Saltillo tile floors. There are three bedrooms on the main level and two bedrooms and a bathroom on the second level. From the master bedroom, you walk out to a balcony to enjoy your morning coffee to watch the sun rise or enjoy a cool drink in the evening as you watch the sun set.
The living room has an open log beam, 22 foot, cathedral ceiling. This Great Room has solid wood floors constructed of Douglas fir and great windows facing southwest to the mountains, with double glass, wood-frame doors that open to a beautiful wood deck.
The one car garage is attached to the east and has room for a small workshop too.
Outbuildings and extras
There is an adorable, original bunkhouse, a loafing shed, chicken house, the original tack shed, barn with five stalls which has power to it.
There is also an RV parking area too.
The 500 gallon propane tank is owned by the sellers and will transfer with the sale.
Set on Copperfield Homestead with two natural, developed springs, this hideaway is a favorite haunt for a diverse collection of elk, mule deer, turkey and other bird and wildlife. The terrain varies from rolling hills to rocky outcroppings to wildflower meadows. The possibilities are limitless, whether hiker or hunter. There are multiple excellent cabin sites for subdivision or for use as a creative family compound. If you love nature, this property offers boundless potential.
Copperfield Homestead is a gorgeous property nestled in the ranch land of south-central Colorado, two hours from Colorado Springs. These 240+ acres are just 10 miles north of Cotopaxi, an Arkansas River community known for its river rafting, fly fishing and thriving general store.
A little more history of this property as told by the owner
Step back in time as we explore the historic wonder that is Copperfield Homestead. Beginning as a copper mining town around the turn of the 20th century, by 1907 there were 200 people living on the original 350 acres. The mining town included a blacksmith shop and log cabin where the Blacksmith lived, a Post Office in what were the original house, and a Boarding House/Hotel and Stage Coach barn. Quaint log cabins were scattered throughout the property and an old wagon still resides in the yard. As far as I know, the hotel burned down and the Stage Coach barn was salvaged for lumber.
We enjoy stories and even pictures of the town from neighbor, Rusty Ross, whose parents homesteaded nearby. In the old house we found written on a board in the wall, ‘100 inches of snow- December 1900’. The property has been leased and sold many times throughout the years. One of the owners raised vegetables which he sold in Cotopaxi, another ran a dairy farm in the late 1930’s.
At one point the Mining Company was offering tours of the property to investors. In 1980 the University from Emporia, Kansas brought Geology students to Copperfield Homestead to study the rock formation. I have some of the student’s findings, mostly grafts of the strata in the formations.
Throughout the years, guests have stopped by who previously knew the property. Reminiscing always brought up interesting and funny stories; the upstairs of the old house was once used as a bedroom and the only way to access it was by a ladder on the outside! The old house was built solely on a log foundation, making remodeling quite the challenge. And there was a root cellar built into the hill. Originally a lean-to was on the south side of the barn, now it has a five stall barn with hay storage at the back wall.
Long before the arrival of settlers, the Ute Indians traveled through the area and may have set up a summer camp close to the Blacksmith cabin. Our family has found arrowheads in the area and lots of flint used in their production. Vic Miller, one of the oldest settlers in the area, told many interesting stories of finding Indian artifacts in the area and we have found priceless relics as well; small glimpses into the lives of those who walked these lands before us, both Indian and settler.
An excellent summary, taken from the Copperfield Tour, says; “Arriving at the camp you find it is located in an amphitheater near the center of the district, with gradually sloping hills off to the southwest, and rather precipitous hills to the east and north. Further north the hills rising rather abruptly on the west. The location of the town could not be improved. The altitude is about 8,500 feet and climate ideal, cool summers and winters moderate. Accommodations are very ample, the company having a large boarding house/hotel, with a number of smaller houses for married employees. The entire town is lighted by electricity, daily mail and a telephone line connecting to all points in Colorado.”
By Zora Olsson
Approximate dimensions: Living room. 23ft x 26ft Mud room. 7ft x 13.5 feet Kitchen. 14ft x 25.5ft. Includes pantry/furnace 7ft x 13.5 ft. Bathroom 6ft x 10 ft. Bedroom. 10ft x 10ft-8inches. Includes closet 2ft 3inches x 6ft Bedroom. 9.5ft x 16ft. Includes approx. 2ft closet across one end Bedroom. 12ft 9 inches x 13 ft. plus closet 6ft x 7.5 ft. Laundry and storage closet. 5.5 ft. x 12ft Bath. 5.5 ft. x 8 ft. Loft seating area. 8ft x 14 ft. Loft area 13ft x 15ft 9 inches. Plus closet area Master bedroom. 15.5 ft. x 16ft plus hall closet Master bath. 9.5 ft. x 10ft. Includes 3ft x 5ft closet.
Bunk house. 13.5ft x 16.5ft Garage. 20.5ft x 22.5ft Front shed. 12ft x 24ft Barn. Main area 30ft x 18, back room 24ft x 13ft, tack room 7.5ft x 12.5ft, new stall area overall is 25ft x 60ft.