Our next destination in the Colorado travels was Leadville. Never heard of it? Neither had we. Here is a great bumper sticker we saw while there that gives a little insight into the place:
The drive there from Vail was a bit scary for me. I kept my eyes closed for quite a few minutes. (No, I wasn’t driving!) When they were opened, it sure was beautiful!
Leadville is a town that has had three different mining booms (gold, silver, and molybdenum). Now, it basically only has tourism. It’s sad to see a once-vibrant town so run down.
My husband took a few kids into the old opera house.
We toured a mine and “Baby Doe’s Cabin.”
Then, we went to the National Mining Museum, which was pretty interesting.
After leaving Leadville, we drove to Idaho Springs to spend the evening with some friends who used to live in the Chicago area. Ahh, so nice to see old friends!
Our next destination. . . visiting relatives in the town of La Junta, and a little fun with American Girl Josefina!