Saturday, July 18, 2009

Leadville, CO

Today we went up to Leadville. It is the highest incorporated city in the United States at about 10,200 feet. You can feel it - many people will experience a bit of dizziness, light-headedness, tingling fingers/gums etc., at that altitude. The main reason for the 3-hour-each-way-drive-not-including-stops was to see if my great-grandfather (Millard Ernest Allison aka Ernie)'s home/shop up there is still standing. He was a shoe cobbler in Leadville, but also in other places, like Fairplay - he moved around. I think the last time he was in Leadville was in the 60's around the time he died. The place is still standing, but is empty and run down.

So here it is: 108 W 6th St - just off of Harrison Ave. (the main drag) in Leadville. I'm trying to found out the asking price (just curious) and will let you know if I do.

We also went to a few museums up there. The National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum is very nice and worth seeing. It had nice exhibits, stuff for kids, art, a not-overpriced gift shop, etc. My favorite part was a part of the museum that was set up like you were actually in a mine going through the tunnels.

Food (and most other things as well) is expensive and hard to find in Leadville - so if you go, plan to eat elsewhere.

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