Leadville, Colorado

Leadville is partly the way it was in 1879 during the boom, part modern mining town, which means pretty eclectic, part tourist trap, part refuge for people who want to live their own style, even if it means living in a trailer. There are a lot of characters there, some spectacular old buildings...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

spectacular views...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

really interesting old buildings with stories to tell. The Redhead wouldn't go into this one. the real, original 1879 Silver Dollar Saloon of song, story, and bad TV westerns. I didn't want to go in without full 1880 rig, including 2 six shooters and maybe a 12 ga. shotgun. Probably would have been noticed, so we stayed out. Main Street was about half bars, the other half tourist places...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When you stay there you have to stay at the beautiful, restored old Delaware Hotel.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Butch Cassidy stayed there. The sheriff's wife was murdered there. A cat rules the lobby...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

But you will walk up to your room. Elevators weren't big in Leadville in 1879. And it's over 10,200 feet.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The rooms are restored, quaint, but quite livable. The 13" TV is no joke. That's what you get. But you didn't go there for TV. The best restaurant in town is a Brewpub. Just remember you're at 2 miles altitude, and each beer is equal to a 6 pack of regular beer. The hangover will be spectacular...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is the Delaware from the outside.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This beautiful mural graces the side of an old building.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Tabor Opera House survived Mr. Tabor's fortune. There's a good story behind it about a golddigger, Baby Doe, who went after the richest man in town, took him away from his wife, and lived like a princess. But when he went broke in his old age she stuck by him. Sometimes even a golddigger can fall in love.

 

 

 

 

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