Leadville Tourist Attractions
High up in the Rockies is Leadville (alt. 10,190ft/3,105m; pop. 2,500), once an important silver-mining center. Gold and silver are still worked in the area. Leadville is now also an important winter sports center which, thanks to its high altitude, has a very long season.
The restored Healy House is a reminder of the great days of the gold and silver boom.It was built in 1878 by August R. Meyer, then sold to Daniel Healy in 1881. Furniture, clothing, pictures and maps are on display in this restored home that looks like a log cabin but is complete with fine woodwork and hardwood floors.
Historic Delaware Hotel
The Historic Delaware Hotel was completed in 1886 by the three Callaway Brothers. The hotel was built as a monument to their state of Delaware.This Victorian Inn has rooms filled with period antiques and other collectibles from around the world. Visitors and guests of the Delaware Hotel can take a self-guided tour of the guest rooms.
Leadville National Fish Hatchery
The Leadville National Fish Hatchery was established in 1889 and propagates rainbow, brown, lake and brook trout. There are 2 public fishing ponds and hiking opportunities in nearby Mount Massive Wilderness Area. Wildlife viewing includes mountain blue birds, juncos, great blue herons, hawks, eagles, waterfowl, elk, deer, raccoons, porcupines, and fox.
Earth Runs Silver
This multi-media presentation, the Earth Runs Silver is a video presentation of Colorado's legendary mining camps. Through music and narration, it traces the history of Leadville from the gold rush era to present day capturing the excitement and drama.
The Leadville Heritage Museum is housed in the old Carnegie Library built in 1902 and used until 1971. The museum was established in 1971, with exhibits including a replica of the Leadville Ice Palace, 10th Mountain Division memorabilia and local artifacts.
The Annunciation Church in Leadville was dedicated on January 1, 1880. The building has a tall spire, that has become a landmark in the town, and a great bell which was installed in 1885. Titanic survivor Molly Brown was married here in 1886.
The Leadville City Hall building was constructed in 1905, but used as a post office until 1973. In the lobby is an antique Leadville popcorn wagon and local history displays.
Ice Palace Park
Ice Palace Park in Leadville commemorates the world's largest palace of ice, built nearby in 1896. It contained a skating rink, grand ballroom, restaurant and exhibition halls.
Matchless Mine Cabin
The Matchless Mine Cabin was the home of "Baby Doe", the wife of Horace Tabor, a storekeeper who became a wealthy mine-owner but died a ruined man. Their story became the subject of a musical, "The Ballad of Baby Doe".
National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum
The National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum has a large collection of material on the history of mining.It is housed in an old Victorian high school building dating from 1900.
Address: 120 West Ninth Street, Box 981, Leadville, CO 80461-0981, United States
Opening hours: May 1 to Oct 31: 9am-5pm
Nov 1 to Apr 30: 11am-4pm
Nov 1 to Apr 30: 11am-4pm
Entrance fee in USD: Adult $7.00, Senior over 62 $6.00, Child 12 & under $3.00, Child 5 & under FREE
Facilities: Gift shop
Typical Visit: 1 hour
The old Presbyterian Church in Leadville was dedicated in 1889. Notable features include an open Gothic-styled bell tower and decorative glass windows such as hand-painted Persian glass.
Tabor Grand Hotel
The restored Tabor Grand Hotel building in Leadville dates from 1883. Designed by noted architect, George King. The hotel now has shops on the lower floor and apartments on the upper floors.
Leadville, Colorado and Southern Railroad
From Leadville you can take a rail trip through the mining country to Climax on the Leadville, Colorado and Southern Railroad.
Tabor Opera House
The Tabor Opera House in Leadville retains much of the decor from the time of its opening in 1879.