Sat August 23rd **LEADVILLE DRIVE & LUNCH***

Reserve the date - Ralph Maleweska and Steve Hart have a fantastic drive planned ending up in Leadville where we will have lunch. 

Questions/ RSVP  - rmal64@gmail.com.  

Day of - please ring Ralph 303-877-7255

A Day in "The City"--a Walking/Driving Tour of Leadville
 
Details:          A Day in "The City"--a Walking/Driving Tour of Leadville
 
On August 23, we will meet at the RTD parking garage at Jefferson County Government Center Golden Station at 8:45 AM and leave promptly at 9:00 AM.  The Golden Station address is 605 Johnson Road (6th Ave. & Johnson Rd at the "Taj Mahal"). We will then travel from Golden on US 6 and I-70 to the Loveland Ski Area, over Loveland Pass to Keystone, around Lake Dillon on Swan Mountain Road to Frisco, and back onto I-70.  We will follow CO 91 south from Wheeler Junction/Copper Mountain over Fremont Pass to Leadville.  
 
We will have lunch at Hacienda Real at 842 Summit Blvd. in Frisco and have drinks later at the Silver Dollar Saloon, #1 of the “50 Best Wild West Saloons” and #1 of the “100 Best Bars in America” according to a recent book authored by an Australian tourist (and professional beer drinker!).
 
Leadville was the richest of all the Colorado mining districts.  More than $450 million worth of silver, gold, lead, and zinc was produced at a time when gold was selling for $20 per troy ounce (it is now selling around $1300 per troy ounce).  And it was the second largest city in Colorado during the 1880's.
 
In Leadville, we will take a downtown walking tour.  The tour will be based on the free tour guides available at the Chamber of Commerce at 8th & Harrison.   The tour sights will include the first May Co. store site, the Delaware Hotel, and the Tabor Opera House.
 
After drinks at the Silver Dollar, we will caravan to the Leadville Cemetery to see the grave of Texas Jack Omohundro, Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show co-founder and a member of the National Cowboy Hall of Fame, and others.  Then we will drive out to the Matchless Mine, one of the mines where Horace Tabor (who built Tabor Opera Houses in Leadville and Denver) made his millions.  Due partly to extravagant living and partly to the Silver Crash of 1893, Horace Tabor became financially destitute.  On his deathbed in 1897, he reputedly told his young, second wife Baby Doe to "hold onto the Matchless Mine" because he thought it would eventually become productive again.  She never remarried, stayed alone in a shack at the mine, lived off charity, and was found frozen to death in the winter of 1935.  The Matchless will be the last stop on the tour.
 
After the tour, if you have some time on your hands or have decided to spend the night, the Leadville Heritage Museum is located at 102 E. 9th, History Colorado's Healy House Museum is at 912 Harrison, and the National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum is located at 120 W. 9th in the old high school building.  You could also make Sunday reservations for the Leadville, Colorado, & Southern tourist railroad, which follows the route of one of our original narrow-gauge railroads--the Denver, South Park & Pacific.  
 
If you want to follow a different route home, you can go the short way through Minturn on US 24, with stops at the 10th Mountain Division Memorial on Tennessee Pass, Camp Hale, and Red Cliff, but bike race in Vail on Saturday!  Or you can take the long way through Buena Vista on US 24, then through Fairplay and Kenosha Pass on US 285.                     On August 23, we will meet at the RTD parking garage at Jefferson County Government Center Golden Station at 8:45 AM and leave promptly at 9:00 AM.  The Golden Station address is 605 Johnson Road (6th Ave. & Johnson Rd at the "Taj Mahal"). We will then travel from Golden on US 6 and I-70 to the Loveland Ski Area, over Loveland Pass to Keystone, around Lake Dillon on Swan Mountain Road to Frisco, and back onto I-70.  We will follow CO 91 south from Wheeler Junction/Copper Mountain over Fremont Pass to Leadville.  
 
 

Questions/ RSVP  - rmal64@gmail.com.   Day of - please ring Ralph 303-877-7255

Questions/ RSVP  - rmal64@gmail.com.  

Day of - please ring Ralph 303-877-7255