Latest News – August 24

Tour Businesses Down Shift Schedules

 As the summer season slowly comes to a more manageable pace for residents and local businesses, schedules are adjusted. And so it goes for several tourist-related operations in Leadville. Of course, there’s still plenty of fairer weather before the winter sets in for good, but be aware of the following changes and opportunities when educating visitors about their choices, as things shift into leaf-peeping season.

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The National Mining Museum secured a Climax Community Investment Fund grant to restore the Matchless Mine head frame. Work continues this fall; visitors welcome! Photo: Leadville Today/Kathy Bedell.

 The National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum (NMHFM) announced yesterday that the Matchless Mine will be closed Fridays after Labor Day, September 4. The Matchless Mine will remain open for tours Saturday through Thursday during September, and then will finally close for the season October 8.

Guided surface tours begin at 1, 2, and 3 p.m., and self-guided surface tours are available anytime from noon until 4:45 p.m. when the historic site is open. Payment for tours must be in cash at the mine or by credit card at the NMHFM. Group tours will still be conducted on Fridays during September. Group tours any day of the week must be arranged in advance with the staff of the NMHFM.

The Matchless Mine is on the National Register of Historic Places. It is significant because of the large amount of silver mined there in the 19th century and its association with Silver King Horace Tabor and his wife, Elizabeth “Baby Doe” Tabor.

Visitors will have the opportunity to watch HistoriCorps work parties rehabilitating the 125-year-old wooden head frame September 12-24. The iconic head frame looms above the last remaining open mine shaft at the site and was used to raise and lower miners and materials. HistoriCorps is a non-profit organization dedicated to engaging volunteers in preserving and sustaining historic structures on public lands (including on private lands accessible to the public) for future generations.

The Matchless Mine is located 1.25 miles east of Leadville’s Harrison Avenue on 7th Street/County Road 3. It is an integral part of the National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum. The mission of the National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum is to tell the story about mining, its people, and its importance to the American public. Information about the Matchless Mine and the head frame rehabilitation project can be accessed at the NMHFM website.

All Aboard for Fall Colors Weekends

Coming off one of its most successful summer season to date, the Leadville Colorado and Southern Railroad is shifting its gears to its one-a-day schedule. During the weekdays – Monday thru Friday – the train provides daily trips at 1 p.m. On the weekends the popular attraction still maintains it’s two trips at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., with special Fall Photo Weekends planned for September 9 &10, September 16 & 17, and September 23 & 24.


A popular “last hurrah for summer,” the Stork-Curve Climax BBQ Train Ride is usually a SELL-OUT. This year, this special #EndOfTheLine trek will be Friday of Labor Day Weekend, September 1. #AllAboard. Photo: Leadville Today/Kathy Bedell.

One noteworthy special ride is the Stork-Curve Climax BBQ Train Ride on Friday, Sept.1. This ride goes to the end of the line, giving passengers a vantage point and view they don’t get to see on the regular train ride. Add to that some award-winning BBQ for an evening ride and it’s #AllAboard for the last hurrah of summer! Please note that this ride usually sells out, so make your reservations today. The Leadville, Colorado and Southern Railroad closes for the season in early October, with its last trip on Sunday, Oct. 8.   

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