History

Meet Leadville’s National Museum to Mining

        Did you know that Leadville, Colorado, is home to a national museum? The National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum is perched in North America's highest-elevation town. Visitors often say they are surprised by the depth of this unsung museum, which tells the past, present, and future of the nation's mining. There, you can learn about mining through geology, science, historic ...

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        2020 Travel: Visit the Other Interlaken, at Twin Lakes

              If you're looking for a version of Switzerland without the flight, visit the other Interlaken. No passport is needed when you travel to Twin Lakes, Colorado, and nearby Leadville! Colorado's Lake County has glacial lakes, trains, boats, and immense peaks like the Swiss Interlaken, plus a taste of the wild west. You can hike, bike, fish, snowshoe, nordic ski, camp, and ...

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              Top 10 Reasons to Visit Leadville and Twin Lakes, CO, this Fall

                    Leaves change first in Leadville and Twin Lakes, Colorado. At elevations around 10,000’, the aspen usually peak mid- to late September, surrounding scenic drives, hikes, bike rides, and train rides with golden leaves. Here are some of our favorite reasons to visit Leadville and Twin Lakes this fall! 1. National Scenic and Historic Byway – Autumn Roads All roads into Leadville ...

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                    Leadville Named a “Best Historic Small Town” by USA TODAY

                          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 ...

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                          New: Meet the Characters of California Gulch, Online

                                If you love the mining history in Leadville, Colorado, don't miss this new online exhibit from the National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum. The painting depicts California Gulch, just to the southeast of downtown Leadville, where you can still see remnants of the famous mines. Within this simple painting are stories of colorful characters from Leadville's mining days. Colorful Characters ...

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                                Leadville History Month: Explore the Mineral Belt Trail

                                      In honor of Leadville History Month, in April, we’re bringing you a few of the many, many history highlights from the Cloud City’s colorful past. We'll start with the Mineral Belt Trail, a family-friendly 12-mile trail encircling Leadville that showcases both the stunning natural beauty in North America's highest city and its rich mining heritage. In winter and early spring, the ...

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                                      8 Great Ways to Explore History this Winter in Leadville & Twin Lakes

                                            If you'd like to learn more about Colorado's past, explore Leadville and Twin Lakes history this winter and spring! Here, links to the past abound. From museums to winter trails to Victorian architecture, you’ll find unique character in our genuine and historic mountain towns. If you're on a ski vacation and need a break from the slopes, or your family  members ...

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                                            5 Businesses Celebrate 140 Years!

                                                  History in Leadville and Twin Lakes, Colorado, is the real deal. And this year five Lake County businesses are celebrating 140 years! Make sure you see these 5 history spots on your next trip to town. Twin Lakes: 1) The Twin Lakes Inn & Saloon Over the years, The Twin Lakes Inn & Saloon has been a stagecoach stop, a hotel, ...

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                                                  Explore our New Exhibit: Women at Historic Colorado Mining Sites

                                                        Be sure to catch a new exhibit on women in mining, in Leadville, Colorado. “Human Imprint: Women at Historic Colorado Mining Sites” opens Sept. 30, 2019, at the National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum. This exhibit explores the role of women at Colorado mining towns at the turn of the 19th century. Like prospectors, women were trying to forge better ...

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                                                        7 History Tours to Take in Leadville, Colorado

                                                              Leadville, Colorado, was one of the West’s wildest silver boomtowns in the late 1800s, and many reminders of its history can still be seen today. Check out these seven kinds of history tours in Leadville and nearby Twin Lakes, Colorado. 1) Downtown Museums Plan a full day to explore Leadville’s many museums—all within walking distance of each other—and learn the area’s ...

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                                                              Tabor Opera House Season Opens May 25

                                                                    Vintage-American singer Eilen Jewell will kick off the summer season at the historic Tabor Opera House in Leadville, Colorado, on Saturday, May 25, 2019, at 8 p.m. In a world where pop country music dominates the radio waves, Eilen goes back in time and uncovers a sound that is both warm and familiar, as well as fresh and new. She ...

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                                                                    Get Your Passport to Leadville History

                                                                          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 ...

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                                                                          Walk Back in Time in Downtown Leadville

                                                                                To wrap up Leadville History Month, let’s share some fun facts about this 1880s silver mining boomtown. Did you know that a popular Harrison Avenue jewelry store once offered one of Queen Isabella’s diamonds for $10,000, way back in 1880? (In that location, you can now buy or rent two-wheeled human-powered machines that let you access the gems of Leadville trails, ...

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                                                                                7 Intriguing Facts About Camp Hale

                                                                                      On Veterans Day, you can honor those who served our country by exploring Camp Hale. Did you know this picturesque valley is where World War II soldiers learned to fight on skis—and where the CIA secretly trained Tibetan fighters? That Camp Hale may soon have a first-of-its-kind historic designation? And that it’s a great place to hike and bike (and soon, snowmobile)? Read ...

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