|Hamill House Georgetown, CO|
Georgetown, Colorado was our goal for today, elevation 8530. Georgetown began back in 1859, as a mining camp at a wide spot in the valley where silver had been found. The first discovery of silver in Colorado was found by James Huff on September 14, 1864 about 8 miles from town near Argentine Pass.
The railroad came to town in the 1870's, and ran twice daily on the 52 miles of track to Denver, a trip costing $3.45. The town's population grew to over 10,000 people before the Sherman Silver Act was repealed in 1893. Of course most of the mines shut down and people left the area then, looking for riches elsewhere. It was in the 1950's when the town began to grow again as a watering hole for the high country skiers, returning home after a fine day on the slopes.
It was 15 degrees cooler than it was in Denver today and was raining off and on during our visit with overcast skies. On previous trips to Georgetown, we had ridden the Georgetown Loop Railroad, had driven over Guanella Pass to Grant and had visited the shops and walked the streets. Of the many things to see and do in Georgetown, we had missed touring the Hamill House and the historic Hotel de Paris.
|Open yard showing Hamill House conservatory, fountain, office and barn on site|
|Hotel de Paris|
|Old Silver Plume Jail|
|Just so you know...|
From Denver, drive I-70 west and up into the mountains. Exit 228 is where you leave the Interstat for Georgetown, turn left under the overpass and right into the welcome center.