Even with the 70 miles extra to get into Leadville, we still did it several more times while we were in the area. Here are a few pictures of the town.
|There was no cell phone service at the campground, so on the first morning in town everyone was catching up on email, text messages and phone calls.|
|Opened in 1879, it served the minors and homesteaders back then, and it is still serving the tourists today.|
|With all the money flowing in town, there was the attempt to bring high society to Leadville. The Tabor Opera House was opened in 1879.|
|The Delaware Hotel was another example of the elegance that money brought to this mining town. It opened in 1886 and still operates as a hotel today.|
|Going underneath the Hwy 24 bridge into Red Cliff.|
|When we saw this home, we thought maybe we had somehow been transported to Switzerland. It just doesn't look like your typical Colorado mountain home.|
|Continuing on down the road, it was 11 miles over to I-70, just outside of Vail Pass. Not a 4-wheel drive, it was dirt and gravel the entire way.|
|Leftovers from some old homesteaders.|
|Fremont Pass is on Hwy 91, between Copper Mountain and Leadville. At the top is Climax, Colorado, home today of the Climax Molybdenum Mine.|
I still have more to blog about Leadville, but it will have to wait till later. I know I haven't blogged much lately, but I've had phone problems and I use my phone as access to the internet. And besides that, I've been in places where ATT service has been non-existent. But I promise I will get caught up.