Salina, located in Boulder County, Colorado, is a former mining town with a rich history dating back to its establishment in 1874, following Colorado's first gold discovery in 1859. The town was founded by miners who relocated from Salina, Kansas, attracted by the mining opportunities in the area. Situated approximately 7 miles west of Boulder, at the junction of Four Mile Canyon and Gold Run roads, Salina has historical significance tied to the gold and silver mining era. Despite facing challenges such as the Fourmile Canyon wildfire in 2010 and the 2013 Colorado floods, many of Salina's original structures, including the one-room schoolhouse and the church known as the Little Church in the Pines, still stand today.


Salina is positioned at the geographical coordinates of 40°03′02″N 105°22′21″W, lying at an elevation of 6,591 feet. The town's geographical setting in Boulder County places it within the scenic Colorado Front Range, offering picturesque views and a connection to Colorado's rich mining history. The landscape around Salina encompasses a mix of rugged terrain and natural beauty, characteristic of the region's mountainous areas.


Historically, Salina experienced a population boom in the late 19th century, with its peak population reaching around 350 residents during its most prosperous mining period in 1899. Over the years, the population has declined, and as of recent times, Salina has around 70 residents, making it a near ghost town. Despite the decline, the community retains a close-knit feel with a few dozen people still calling it home. The town's demographic evolution reflects the broader trends in mining towns throughout the American West, where economic shifts have led to changes in population and community structure.

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