Leadville Named a “Best Historic Small Town” by USA TODAYJuly 16, 2020
Leadville is honored to be a winner in the 2020 USA TODAY 10Best Readers’ Choice Travel Award Contest for “Best Historic Small Town”! Leadville was the only city in Colorado to win in this specific category.
How Winners Were Chosen
Twenty nominees were chosen by a panel of relevant experts, which included a combination of editors from USA TODAY; editors from 10Best.com; relevant expert contributors; and sources for both these media and other Gannett properties. Over the month of June, the public was allowed to vote online at 10best.com for one nominee, per day. See all the top 10 winners.
Discover Our History for Yourself
Come experience this history for yourself! Below are some of the many attractions Leadville offers for history buffs.
Healy House Museum and Dexter Cabin
Open: Discover two of Leadville’s earliest houses for a glimpse of life in a booming silver-mining town. The Healy House Museum and Dexter Cabin feature lavish Victorian furniture, including objects belonging to Horace and Augusta Tabor, and a beautiful Victorian garden.
Leadville Safari Tours at the Delaware Hotel
Open through September: Leadville’s beautifully restored and last remaining Victorian hotel, offers a series of guided, narrated Leadville Safari tours from July through September. Choose from three different tour options: cemetery tours, ghost tours of Leadville’s streets, or ghost tours of Leadville’s mining district.
Open into fall: Hear about the fascinating history of the railroads, ghost stories, and tales of the wild as you ride the scenic Leadville train throughout the unnamed wilderness of the San Isabel National Forest. Reserve a spot on the Fall Photo Weekend Specials.
National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum
Open: Tour replicas of caves and mines at the National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum. Check out the masks past miners wore to breathe and the carbide lamps that lit their way, and see photos of the people who’ve run American mines for decades.
Reopening spring 2021: Make plans to visit the legendary Matchless Mine, where one of Leadville’s most notorious silver kings, Horace Tabor, struck it rich and where his mistress-turned-wife died alone and penniless in 1935. See the original mining shaft and headframe used to pull Tabor’s extraordinary wealth from the ground. Then, tour the newspaper-lined shack where Baby Doe lived out her days. Note: The Matchless Mine will reopen in spring 2021 after rehabilitation of the historic hoist house.
Tabor Opera House Tours
Open through Sept. 6: Experience the splendor of the majestic Tabor Opera House, once billed as the finest theatre between St. Louis and San Francisco. As the Tabor’s first full rehabilitation since 1902 has just begun, tours will discuss both the current work and future vision for this elegant building, deemed a National Treasure by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
Open: Built in 1884, Temple Israel is the oldest of the area’s frontier synagogues. After a fire in 2006, the building was historically restored to near original condition. It now serves as a museum and research institution that documents the lives of Jewish pioneers during Leadville’s mining boom era.
Twin Lakes Interlaken Boat Tours
Open through September: Take a scenic narrated boat tour of Twin Lakes. Tours include both the upper and lower glacially formed lakes and a tour of the historic Interlaken resort, established in the late 1800’s as a getaway for wealthy mining tycoons.
Come See Us, Safely
Leadville and Twin Lakes businesses are following public health guidelines, for everyone’s safety. Face coverings are required in all public, indoor spaces in Colorado. All area businesses are following social distancing protocol, as well. To learn more, please visit our 2020 Travel Guide. And come see us, safely!