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Mining For Silver in Leadville, Colorado


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National Mining Hall of Fame + Museum
A replica of an underground cave at the National Mining Hall of Fame + Museum

I spent some time in Leadville, Colorado, famous for its mining history. (Did you know there are 260 miles of underground caves there?) It’s also famous for its iconic couple from the town’s silver mining boom, Horace + Baby Doe Tabor. I visited a few iconic spots, including the “Silver Dollar Saloon” – America’s Oldest Wild West Saloon – and the National Mining Hall of Fame + Museum.

Twenty years after the Gold Rush, the Colorado Silver Boom occurred in 1879 causing hordes of silver seekers to rush the Rockies. Horace Tabor, known as “The Bonanza King of Leadville,” joined the crowds and landed in the Centennial state becoming one of the richest silver barons in history.

Leadville, Colorado
Leadville, Colorado, is the highest city in the U.S
The entrance to the National Mining Hall of Fame
The entrance to the National Mining Hall of Fame
18K Gold Howard Hunting Watch
Gold treasures on display at the National Mining Hall of Fame + Museum
A display of minerals
A Display of Minerals at The National Mining Hall of Fame + Museum
Amethyst
Giant Amethyst
Minerals on Display
Glow in the Dark Minerals at The National Mining Hall of Fame + Museum
National Museum of Mining
Life-size replicas of miners
Hard Rock Mine Photos of the West
Many themed rooms exist in the museum, including the hard rock mine, gold rush room + others
Mine replica
Mine Replicas made of wood
Silver Dollar Saloon
Silver Dollar Saloon
Silver Dollar Saloon
Interior of Silver Dollar Saloon
Leadville, Colorado
A view of the snow-capped Rocky Mountains on a street corner

 

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