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The Famous Love Story of Horace and Baby Doe Tabor

Elizabeth McCourt, born in Wisconsin in 1854, was noted for being extremely charismatic and beautiful. In 1877, she married Harvey Doe. Together, they moved to Central City to work the…

Leadville’s BBQ and Brews Festival

Catch some rays while sipping freshly brewed beer and eating smoked barbecue at Leadville’s BBQ and Brews Festival. For two days at the end of each June, Leadville closes off…

The House with the Eye Museum

It’s hard to miss the “eye”—a stained glass window tucked under an arched eve—that makes the House with the Eye Museum the most curious piece of architectural history in town….

The Ghost Towns of Leadville and Beyond

Prospectors seduced by the calls of gold and silver raced to Colorado in hopes of striking it rich. Following them were the merchants, proprietors, madams, and gamblers. Together, these new…

Molly May: Leadville’s Most Famous Madam

Molly May, one of the most influential brothel owners in the west, was born in 1850. In her twenties, she traveled as a prostitute with a performance act from Cheyenne,…

Cross-Country Ski through Leadville’s Winter Wonderland

Elevate your appreciation for the environment and your surroundings with a cross-country ski on Leadville’s scenic, well-groomed trails. With 300 days of sunshine and plentiful snow, Leadville is Colorado’s premier…

Railroads Changed Leadville Forever

As word of the 1860’s gold discoveries in Leadville spread, boom towns rapidly sprang up, populations rose, and individual claims and large mining operations multiplied. Inevitably, railroads raced to construct…

The Scenic Byways of Colorado

Many of America’s most stunning drives can be found in Colorado. From their car, visitors can ascend some of the state’s highest points, cross fields of wild grasslands, skirt raging…

Con Artist Soapy Smith Gets His Start in Leadville

Jefferson Randolph “Soapy” Smith was a con artist, gangster, crime boss, and saloon and gambling hall owner who rose to fame while in Denver from roughly 1879 to 1892. Though…

Three Peaks of Fun at Copper Mountain

Head over Fremont Pass for a great day of skiing at Copper Mountain. Not to be confused with neighboring Ski Cooper, Copper offers 2,465 acres of terrain, 23 lifts, and…

A Golf Course For Summer and Winter Sports

Tucked under Turquoise Lake, amid fir, spruce, and pine trees is the secluded and spectacular Mt. Massive Golf Course. With 360° views of the Sawatch, Collegiate, and Mosquito Mountain Ranges,…

The Wild Stories of Leadville

A host of vibrant characters has passed through Leadville, leaving stories of love, wealth, and vindication in their wake. The discoveries of gold and silver brought tens of thousands of…

Mountain Bike Among the Clouds

Colorado is paradise for the knobby-tired tribe in more ways than one. So much so, mountain bikers come from all parts of the globe to take advantage of Colorado’s world-renowned…

Gold and Silver Bring the Boom to Leadville

At the end of the California gold rush, some prospectors came to the eastern Rocky Mountains, hoping for the same kind of success. Placer gold was discovered in Cherry Creek…

Drive into the Sky on Independence Pass

Just south of Leadville is Independence Pass, which scales the Continental Divide from Twin Lakes to Aspen. While it’s part of the Top of the Rockies scenic byway, it’s also…

Martin Duggan: Leadville’s Fearless Marshal

One of the west’s most fearless marshals came from a vagrant, lawless background, which probably made him better prepared to handle the trouble that fell upon Leadville during the great…