The Leadville Heritage Series
Explore Historic Leadville!
September 20 - 22, 2013
Mark your calendars so you don't miss this fun and educational weekend for history buffs and those curious about Leadville and Lake County's colorful and wild past!
For a more detailed agenda, click here.
Below is the approximate itinerary.
Official Welcome by former Leadville Mayor Bud Elliot
Tour of CMC campus and slide show of the Old Stage Road
Tour of Hayden Ranch by Hayden Ranch experts
Trip to the Old Stage Road interpretive signs along Arkansas River
Tour Mining District
Picnic lunch at National Hall of Fame and Mining Museum
Tour of "House With the Eye"
Tour of Healy House and Dexter Cabin
Tour of Delaware Hotel, followed by:
Performance by "Madams of Central Colorado" and dinner at The Delaware Hotel
Tour of Hopemore Mine (600 feet down!)
Rockhounding in Mining District
Grab and Go lunch
Tour of the Evergreen Cemetery
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The weekend in pictures:
Welcome by former Mayor Bud Elliott (below) and
Colorado Mountain College VP, Mike Simon.
Tour of CMC campus and slideshow/PowerPoint of the Old Stage Road
"Overland Mail Company" on Old Stage Road between
Buena Vista and Leadvile, above
One of 3 intrepretive signs says "Stagecoach Road to Riches" and another asks "Whoever said getting there was half the fun?" across river from the Old Stage Road. You can see the hand-chinked trail from the west side of the Arkansas River.
Below, the Historic Hayden Ranch, 8.5 miles south of Leadville is a Historic Preservtion project of CMC. Tour buildings, corrals, and learn how its hay fed the animals that made
mining at Climax possible, and whose water power was harnessed to build most of the furniture for the town. A tour of the Hayden Ranch is set for Friday afternoon.
Hayden Ranch expert, Steve Harris, 2011 Enjoying the peace of the Hayden Ranch, 2011.
(Two photos above by Jon Tripp.)
Below, the Tour of the Mining District, a fascinating up-close look at the region that produced so much wealth for so many, below.
Picnic Lunch and tour at the spectacular
National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum at noon.
For lunch menu, click here.
The tour of the House With the Eye will be given by
Judge Neil Reynolds, below. For more informatmion
about Judge Reynolds, one of Leadville's most
interesting residents, click here.
Afterwards, we will tour the Healy House Museum, recently "remodeled" for even more authenticity.
Dexter Cabin is a "real" log cabin moved from its original location near Twin Lakes.
Click on this link for more information about the adjacent museums, Healy House & Dexter Cabin
Next we will tour the gorgeous Delaware Hotel where we will also have dinner.
Dinner menu to come.
The Madams of Central Colorado will customize
a performance just for this group Saturday
evening, at the Delaware Hotel. *
Satisfied customer, right.
To read an interesting article from "Colorado Central" magazine about "The Madams, " click here.
To read an interesting article from "The Denver Post" about "The Madams, " click here.
Photo by Brenda Hooper.
Start your day with a tour of the Hopemore gold mine,
which reaches 600 feet underground, below.
Explore the surrounding area for semi-precious
gemstones witih rock hounding expert, Joe Nachtrieb.
For more information on Joe's background, click here.
Grab and Go lunches will be available after the morning activities and prior to the Evergreen Cemetery tour. Lunch menu to come.
Wrap up your weekend with a tour of the Evergreen Cemetery, where many famous and infamous folks are buried, including "Texas Jack", whose tombstone is pictured above.
To register using a credit card, call 719-486-4292.
Please refer to "Synonym Number" 77550.
Early bird cost is $199, through September 13, which includes all tours and presentations, lunch and dinner on Saturday, and lunch on Sunday.
It does not include lodging.
Regular cost is $229, after September 13. Use "Syn Number" 77551
The following lodging establishments have generously agreed to offer very special rates for this special weekend: (in alphabetical order)
Cloud City Victorian Cottage
The Delaware Hotel
The Governor's Mansion
Innd of the Line Bed & Breakfast
Lady Sage and other properties
Rocky Mountain Getaway
Silver Rush Inn
Note: For liability purposes, we ask that you use your own vehicle when transportation is necessary.
For more information, Call Judy Green at 719-221-9842.
*Photo of The Madams of Central Colorado by Baby Doe Studios.