Get Your Passport to Leadville HistoryApril 9, 2019
If you love Colorado mining history, the Passport to Leadville History is just the ticket for you.
Buy a Passport and save $20 on historic tours and museums—plus weeknight discounts at a historic hotel. The Passport is good for the entire 2019 summer season and is transferable to others.
Here’s what you get with your Leadville Passport to History!
Scenic Train and Boat Tours
Ride a Scenic Train – 10% off: Take a special train ride high into alpine forests and wildflower meadows while learning the area’s history through a narrated tour. The Leadville, Colorado & Southern Railroad offers daily rides starting May 25, twice-daily rides starting June 15, and special themed rides throughout the season.
Take a Boat Tour – 10% off: Motor across some of Colorado’s largest glacial lakes, ringed by high peaks, as your Twin Lakes Interlaken Boat Tour guides tell you local history. When you dock on the opposite shore, you can roam Interlaken, a ghost resort frequented by wealthy miners in the late 1800s that is accessible only by boat or by foot.
See the Museums
Buy a Passport, and you’ll get free admission to all museums (one admission per museum in the 2019 season).
Seven of Leadville’s museums are in Leadville’s walkable 70-square-block National Historic Landmark District, noted for its Victorian architecture. The eighth, the Matchless Mine, is only a five-minute drive up 7th Street. Half of the museums present aspects of the rags-to-riches-to-rags story of Horace (H.A.W.) Tabor and his love triangle with first wife Augusta and mistress Baby Doe Tabor. The other half lets you experience the Leadville lifestyle during the 1880s silver rush, as well as local history.
Healy House Museum and Dexter Cabin: Discover two of Leadville’s earliest houses for a glimpse of life in a booming silver-mining town. The Dexter Cabin and Healy House feature lavish Victorian furniture, including objects belonging to Horace and Augusta Tabor, and a beautiful Victorian garden.
Heritage Museum: Delve into Leadville’s history. Marvel over a replica of Leadville’s 1896 Ice Palace, which covered five acres and featured 90’ high ice turrets. See mementos of 10th Mountain Division soldiers who trained at Camp Hale during World War II and returned to found Colorado’s ski industry.
Matchless Mine: See for yourself the headframe at the Matchless Mine, where silver mining magnate Horace Tabor struck it rich. Tour the cabin where Colorado legend Baby Doe Tabor, Horace’s second wife, lived out her days, penniless, after the silver crash.
National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum: Known as the Smithsonian of the Rockies, this 25,000’ museum will show you how Leadville’s mining history is a case study of mining’s past, present, and future. You can walk through a replica of a hard rock mine, see gems and gold and more!
Tabor Home: Tour the home of silver king Horace Tabor and his first wife, Augusta. The couple lived in this home from when it was built in 1877 until 1881, when Horace left Augusta for the younger Baby Doe.
Tabor Opera House: Experience this splendid opera house, once billed as the finest theatre between St. Louis and San Francisco. Stand on the stage where John Philip Sousa, Oscar Wilde, and Anna Held performed, tour the ballroom and museum, and learn about the rehabilitation in progress. Come back for opera, theater, live music, and more throughout the summer of 2019.
Temple Israel: Explore pioneer Jewish life while browsing a collection of artifacts about Leadville and its resident Jews. Learn about Temple Israel as a frontier synagogue and about life in a mining town in the 1880s and 1890s.
The House with the Eye: Discover what Leadville’s charming upper-middle class Victorian homes looked like inside during the 1880s boom days. The personal residence of a Canadian architect, builder, and carpenter, the house is an architectural gem.
Historic Hotel Discount
Stay at the Delaware Hotel (10% off stays Sunday-Wednesday nights): Stay a few days to catch all this history! The historic Delaware Hotel, built in 1886, is in the heart of Leadville’s National Historic Landmark District. It’s walking distance from all downtown museums and the train—and is still decorated in Victorian style.
Buy Your Passport!
Buy your Passport to Leadville History today! The cost is
- $40 for adults.
- $35 for seniors.
- $10 for children ages 6-12.
Considering the cost of regular adult admission to all eight sites, the train, and the boat, the Passport provides savings of at least $20, without even factoring in the hotel discount! Anyone can use the Passport, not just the person who bought it.
The Passport to Leadville History goes on sale Friday, May 24, 2019, Memorial Day weekend. Buy yours at the Leadville/Lake County Visitor Center, National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum, Healy House and Dexter Cabin, and Tabor Opera House starting Memorial Day weekend. Passports are on sale until Labor Day, Sept. 2, 2019.