Heritage Museum and Gallery in Leadville, Colorado

While in Leadville, Colorado, Soapy Smith Duck and Zeb the Duck visited the Heritage Museum and Gallery.

A great museum

A great museum

We thought this would be a quick trip, but there is so much in this museum.  Remember Leadville was a successful mining town.  Before entering the museum, we saw all this mining equipment.  This is a side dumping ore car.

Side dumping ore cart

Side dumping ore car

This gravity stamp mill helped crush ore.

Difficult to bring this to Leadville

Difficult to bring this to Leadville

Here is a shaker-concentrating table.

Shaking makes sense

Shaking makes sense

Shaft Cages served as elevators to raise and lower men and materials in and out of mine shafts.

So necessary for mining

So necessary for mining

There is so much mining equipment, education and history in the yard of the museum.  You should see this stuff!

When we went inside we learned much about the silver mining in Leadville.  Remember last time you learned that gold was discovered in 1860 and silver was discovered in 1874.  By 1880 Leadville was one of the greatest silver camps in the world, producing $15,000,000 in minerals per year. Two successful mines, the Robert E. Lee and Little Pittsburg had a contest.  Which mine would produce the most silver in a 24-hour period.  Look at the results!

This is fantastic!

This is fantastic!

Another area of the museum was like a house.  This Cycloid Grand Piano (named for rounded sides) was previously owned by Baby Doe Tabor.

The Tabors were very important in Leadville

The Tabors were very important in Leadville

The Rocky Mountains are beautiful, but were also very important defending our way of life.  During World War II Germany had a highly trained elite mountain division.  The United States created the 10th Mountain Division.

Soldiers trained here

Soldiers trained here

These soldiers trained at Camp Hale northwest of Leadville.

Mountain training

Mountain training

This division is credited with help the war end earlier than previously expected.

We are so proud of these soldiers

We are so proud of these soldiers

Leadville is a fascinating city and this museum is wonderful.   For more information about this museum, visit www.leadvilleheritagemuseum.com   We hope you visit soon.

Leadville, Colorado with Soapy and Zeb Duck

Soapy Smith Duck and I, Zeb the Duck, visited Leadville, Colorado.  Leadville is an old mining town.

First gold in 1860 and silver in 1874

First gold in 1860 and silver in 1874

Leadville, Colorado is North America’s highest incorporated city at 10,430 feet above sea level.   That is almost 2 miles high.  The air is pretty thin up here, so be careful when you visit.  Usual precautions—slow down and drink lots of water.

One of your first stops here should be the visitor’s center.

Beautiful old home and visitor's center

Beautiful old home and visitor’s center

Soapy and I just love these pretty old houses.  There is so much to see and do in Leadville.  A good way to see some of the history is through the self guided walking tour.  You can get directions before you go at www.leadville.com    The National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum is in Leadville.

National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum

National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum

This statue, Mining:  The Pulse of Civilization, is at the front of the building.

Marble mining statue

Marble mining statue

It is symbolic of Double Jacking.  The marble for this statue is from the Yule Marble Quarry in Marble, Colorado.  Marble from this quarry has been used in the Tomb of the Unknowns and part of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.

We love these pretty older homes.

We love these houses.  Did you guess?

We love these houses. Did you guess?

Leadville is very high, but even higher mountains surround the town.  Isn’t this a pretty street?

Annunciation Catholic Church with snow capped mountains

Annunciation Catholic Church with snow capped mountains

The Annunciation Catholic Church dates from 1880.   The “Unsinkable Molly Brown” was married here in 1886.  Baby Doe Tabor’s funeral was held here in 1935.  In Leadville, the Colorado and Southern Railroad Station is still in use.

This train station is used every day in the summer

This train station is used every day in the summer

Tourist trains leave here daily during the summer.  This engine has the plow that was used to clear the tracks in winter.

Snow plow on engine

Snow plow on engine

Leadville, Colorado was home to Horace and Augusta Tabor until 1881.  The Tabors were very wealthy and very generous to the city of Leadville.  The Tabors lived in this house

The Tabor home is open to visitors

The Tabor home is open to visitors.  Pretty lace curtains.

until Horace moved out to be with his future second wife, Baby Doe Tabor.

Downtown Leadville is the location of the Tabor Opera House.

Tabor Opera House in Leadville, Colorado

Tabor Opera House in Leadville, Colorado

When this opera house opened in 1879 it was “the finest theater between St. Louis and San Francisco”.

Across the street from the Tabor Opera House is the very popular Silver Dollar Saloon.  First named Board of Trade Saloon; in 1935 it became the Silver Dollar Saloon.

The Silver Dollar Saloon

The Silver Dollar Saloon

Leadville has so much history and so many stories that you could spend several days here and have a great time.  Please visit www.leadville.com to learn more about this fascinating city and then visit Leadville.  You will be glad you came here.

Leadville, Colorado.  Isn't this beautiful?

Leadville, Colorado. Isn’t this beautiful?