Copala, Mexico with Zeb and Eider Duck

Zeb and Eider are in Copala, Mexico.   This small mountain village has 650 full time residents.   Copala also has one of the prettiest churches of any Mexican village.   This church was begun in 1748 and completed in 1775.

Church in Copala, Mexico

Church in Copala, Mexico

Let’s go inside.

This church is about 350 years old.

This church is about 350 years old.

We really like this church.   Jesus on the cross is a vivid reminder of the Christian religion.

Jesus died for us

Jesus died for us

This depiction of Jesus with a crown of thorns is also an emotional reminder.

Wearing a crown of thorns

Wearing a crown of thorns

Outside the church, we liked this waterless fountain with the white goose.

Pretty

Pretty

Copala was founded in 1565 when the Spanish discovered silver.   That was 450 years ago!   The economy of Copala is based on tourism, mining and agriculture.   Copala is also a National Historic Landmark in Mexico.   Across from the church in the main plaza, we saw this pretty gazebo.

We ducks like gazebos

We ducks like gazebos

Of course, we ducks liked these chickens.

Ducks and chickens

Ducks and chickens

Today we saw these kids playing.

Riding a horse

Riding a horse

Sadly, silver shop was closed today.

Mom always buys something in silver shops

Mom always buys something in silver shops

We thought the mural on this building was very pretty.

We like this mural

We like this mural

Copala is about 50 kilometers from the beaches of Mazatlan.   We liked this little town and we think you would like it also.   When you are in Mazatlan, why not visit Copala?

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.