A great day-trip destination in the Colorado Rockies is the town of Leadville, at 10,430 feet (3180 m) above sea level the highest incorporated city in North America. Leadville is a Victorian-era boomtown which in its gold and silver mining heyday was home to 30,000 residents. Today, less than 10% of that number still lives here, but there’s a lot to see in Leadville that makes it well worth a stop. Also, all the roads leading to the town make for a beautiful day’s drive.
70 square blocks of Leadville were designated a National Historic Landmark in 1966. We’ve featured some of the buildings from the downtown area in a prior post. Today I’d like to focus on some of the pretty little homes you’ll see if you divert yourself from the town’s main drag.
If you wander the residential streets of Leadville, you’ll see many beautifully preserved Victorian era homes, including “gingerbread homes”. Here’s a far from exhaustive example of some of these:
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