While were were visiting Denver, we decided to go up into the mountains to visit the old silver mining town of Georgetown. What began as a gold mining camp in 1859 evolved into a community that was widely known in the 1870s and 1880s as the Silver-Queen of the Rockies. It became a noisy, bustling town and a commercial and railroad center for the surrounding mining activities. But it was also a true community, with churches, parks, opera houses, firehouses, and white picket fences. Its residents included managers and professionals as well as miners and shopkeepers. Because of a strong and long-standing historic preservation ethic in Georgetown, many features of this earlier time, indeed the very fabric of the town, have been preserved. As a result, tours of historic Georgetown provide the visitor with an in-depth experience of life in the 19th century Rocky Mountain West.
We were in Denver last week, visiting my parents. Since it is fall, we took several trips into the mountains to see the yearly color show in the mountains. In early fall, the shimmering leaves of the aspen, the quintessential Colorado tree, turn to a positively glowing shade of gold, sending locals and visitors rushing to the mountains. The glorious colors don’t last long, however, usually from mid-September to the beginning of October. On this trip we followed the North Fork of the South Platte river out of Denver to Kenosha Pass on Route 285. The trip goes by fairly quickly, only about hour and a half to the summit of Kenosha Pass. The photo above was taken in Shawnee last week.