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2 sisters flip Colorado ghost town

8:43 PM, Jul 24, 2013   |    comments
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HUERFANO COUNTY, Colo. - Around the metro area flipping houses is a lucrative business. People can make thousands. However, in Southern Colorado, two sisters are flipping something that caught our attention.

Deb and Sam Lathrop purchased a ghost town on top of the Old La Veta Pass back in 2000. They've spent the last 13 years rebuilding the nine structures in the town.

"It's just incredible to bring it back to life," Deb Lathrop said.

Initially, the sisters paid close to $1 million for the town. They poured an additional $300,000 in to it over the last 13 years.

They named the town "UpTop." The Denver Rio Grande railway passed through the town back in 1877. At the time, it was the highest elevated railway in the Rocky Mountains.

After spending more than a decade bringing the town back to life, the sisters are looking to sell it so they can follow their dreams.

"For years, Deb has been interested in making movies. I want to write books. We both have 6 or 8 products we want to launch and we want to live in France," Sam Lathrop said.

The sisters are asking $2 million for the town. It includes a chapel, a depot station, a dance hall/bar and a few other structures, plus 250 acres of land.

The sisters are hoping someone with a passion for history will purchase it.

(KUSA-TV © 2013 Multimedia Holdings Corporation)

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