Explore Leadville Weekend Set for Sept 20-22
High country history buffs mark your calendars for Sept. 20-22: Explore Historic Leadville weekend. Presented by Leadville’s Colorado Mountain College (CMC), the weekend’s highlights will include numerous historical tours, ranging from museums to underground mines, as well as dinner and a theatrical performance at The Delaware Hotel.
Leadville has played an important role in Colorado’s history since 1860, when miners discovered gold south of town. In the ensuing 153 years, the region has developed a rich and exciting history filled with cowboys, ranchers, performers and, of course, miners. History buffs interested in this exciting past can dive straight into its depths with the fun and educational Explore Historic Leadville weekend, presented by Colorado Mountain College, Leadville, and taking place Sept. 20-22. Highlights include numerous historical tours, ranging from museums to underground mines, as well as dinner and a theatrical performance at The Delaware Hotel.
The festivities commence on the afternoon of Friday, Sept. 20, with an official welcome from former Leadville mayor Bud Elliott, followed by tours of the Colorado Mountain College campus and historic Hayden Ranch.Hayden Ranch, is a Historic Preservation project of CMC. Photo: Explore Historic Leadville.
The final activity of the day is a visit to the Old Stage Road alongside the Arkansas River, with stops at several interpretive signs detailing the route’s history. Saturday, Sept. 21, begins with a tour of Leadville’s historic mining district, followed by a tour and picnic lunch at the National Hall of Fame and Mining Museum. The afternoon includes three additional tours: The House with the Eye Museum, a 19th century house known for its distinctive window; the Healy House Museum and Dexter Cabin, home of Colorado’s first millionaire; and The Delaware Hotel, an elegant Victorian hotel built in 1886. The evening concludes with dinner and a performance by the “Madams of Central Colorado” at The Delaware Hotel.The weekend includes a tour the Healy House Museum, recently “remodeled” for authenticity.
The final day of the event is Sunday, Sept. 22, highlighted by a tour of the Hopemore Mine, in which participants descend a 600-foot vertical shaft to explore an authentic, hard rock mine. Afterwards, rockhounding expert Joe Nachtrieb will be on hand to assist in the search for semi-precious gemstones in the mining district, with grab-and-go lunches available. The final event is a tour of the Evergreen Cemetery, burial site of “Texas Jack” Omohundro, an Old West actor and cowboy. The event costs $199 until Sept. 13 and $229 afterwards, which includes all tours and activities in addition to lunch and dinner on Saturday and lunch on Sunday. Lodging is not included, but several area properties are offering discounted rates for the event.