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Camper Dave gave us some of his deer sausage and we had a cookout.  Dave and Katie, the Campground Managers in Loop B came over and we pooled camper Dave’s sausage and had a feast.  We had some of the trout left from the previous cookout and threw that on to re-heat it for the girls.  Had a great evening for a fire and some grub among friends.  The sausage was GREAT.

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So the next morning we packed it up and took a road trip to Leadville, CO.  Leadville sits at 10,200 feet in elevation and I guess you get used to “it.”20140715_152333.jpg

I’m not sure there aren’t some folks around here that really believe this….  Could just be they have been deprived too long!!

Leadville is a historic mining town and the location of the Tabor Opera House.image.png

Unfortunately the Opera House was closed on Tuesdays.  I had been here around 30 years ago and at that time renovations were taking place on the interior.  It sure would have been neat to see it today and we may just go back.  There are shows that are still performed on the stage and we may pick something to go see in the next few weeks.

Here are some shots from around town.

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Leadville was a significant mining town and one of the most notable of the mines is the Matchless.  The Matchless was a Silver Mine that made Horace Tabor a very wealthy man in the late 1800’s.  He was active in politics and became a US Senator.  Spending a lot of money seemed to be a penchant and caused turmoil in his marriage to his first wife Augusta.  Soon after he married Elizabeth “Baby Doe” McCourt, the two became known as “The Silver King and Queen.”  Truly a sad story of Rags to Riches to Rags, they lost it all when gold was selected as the standard backing US currency.  Shortly after that Horace passed away of complications from appendicitis.  Having already lost their home in Denver, Baby Doe chose to take residence at the mine shack of the Matchless Mine in Leadville.

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She lived in the cabin from her mid 40’s till her death in her 80’s.  She clung to the hope the mine would once again produce and return her to her former wealth.  That never happened and she ultimately died very poor in this cabin.

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The tour was very interesting and informative.  Unfortunately the day was passing by quickly and while there were a number of other points of interest we would have taken in, we started too late, they were closed or closing for the day.  We miss-judged the drive time, again.

So on the road back to Green Ridge we go.  It was a beautiful drive through the mountains and small towns on the way to Vail.  We decided to take the long way back so we could pre-view Vail Pass before pulling the 5er over it.  So on the way we passed Minturn, CO.  Quaint little town for sure and we almost stopped for a bite but before we knew it we were on the other side of town and chose to keep rolling.  Up a steep grade and across a bridge that was crossing a very deep canyon we rounded a corner and there it was.  Gilman, CO.  It was an eerie sight and we did not know the name of the place at the time.  It was obvious that it was an abandoned mining town.  A rather large one.

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These places are fascinating and somewhat spooky for sure.  I kept thinking about it and later checked Google Earth, found the name of the town (Gilman) and after a bit more research came up with some details.  Check it out here.  The property is privately owned and posted but It sure would have been cool to have been able to go in and take some close up pictures.

Now that was a great day roaming around Colorado.

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