LEADVILLE, COLORADO

ELEVATION 10,151′

 

Leadville is the highest incorporated city and the second highest incorporated municipality in the United States. The town is situated between two mountain ranges, and Mount Elbert 16 miles southwest of Leadville is the highest summit of the Rocky Mountains in North America.

Leadville was founded in 1877 at the start of the Colorado Silver Boom. In addition to silver, Leadville is also famous for producing gold, lead, copper, molybdenum and zinc.

A former silver mining town that at its peak in 1882 was estimated to have over 50,000 residents and more than 30 operating mines.  In the late 19th century, Leadville was the second most populous city in Colorado, after Denver. Leadville almost became the state capital for Colorado, but due to the harsh winters it was voted down.

View replicas of underground mines and impressive collections of minerals at the National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum located in the town. The National Mining Hall of Fame is dedicated to commemorating the work of miners and people that work with natural resources.  Leadville boasts being a National Landmark District, having 70 square blocks line Victorian-era buildings, most of which were built between 1880 and 1905. Leadville has more historical sites per capita than nearly any other city in Colorado.

Flanked by the highest peaks in the Rockies and immersed in colorful mining and frontier history, laid-back Leadville offers year-round recreation, ravishing mountain scenery and a  peek into the genuine Wild West.

Leadville is an overnight tour stop on the Southern Colorado Motorcycle Tour and participants will spend the night at The Delaware Hotel. This hotel was built in 1886 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Dinner for the tour stop in Leadville will be at the Legendary Silver Dollar Saloon built in 1879.

Learn more about Leadville, Colorado. 

Photo Credits:
The Delaware Hotel 
Old Red School House-Top of the Rockies Byway
Mining History