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One of richest historical towns shows all its glory

LEADVILLE – Tucked in the mountains beyond Copper lies a small historical community most people overlook.Leadville, once a contender to become the capital of Colorado, holds a mining history that made plenty of people rich, such as Horace Tabor who gained his fortune during the silver boom of the 1870s.The town’s buildings reflect all of the money that flowed through Leadville, and this weekend, the town shows off 10 of the Victorian-style properties with a tour.The old-fashioned Christmas weekend begins Friday with a parade of lights, caroling and a visit from Santa. Saturday, guests can spend two or three hours touring buildings more than 100 years old, followed by a Victorian-style dinner at the Golden Burro Cafe; and Lounge. The weekend ends with a champagne reception and tour of the National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum Sunday.”Leadville was one of the richest cities in the state,” said Chris Tucker, home tour committee member. “We have a lot of the premier homes of people who made their millions here.”Each property sparkles with Victorian garland, ornaments, candles and antiques, and each comes with historical accounts.A cottage, built by a miner from Yugoslavia, pours out a wild history of bootlegging.The Healy House, which belongs to the Colorado Historical Society, shines with a decorated tree in each room, with four on the main floor. The Downing Home features an original stained glass window from the 1800s, a footed bathtub and a walnut sideboard (used as a serving table in the dining room) from 1860.A home built in the 1870s, which turned into a commercial property two years ago, preserves its Victorian appeal with pale blue and mauve fishscales at the top of the peaks.”We probably have more history than any other mining town,” said Joann Cirullo, event co-chair. “A lot of towns are doing Victorian home tours, but we really started it.”The tour began 21 years ago as a way to boost Leadville’s economy after the Climax mine closed.One mule drawn sleigh and three vans shuttle people between buildings. Guests can spend as much time as they want to at each property.Home tours are $25. For more information, call (719) 486-3900.Kimberly Nicoletti can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 245, or at knicoletti@summitdaily.com.


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