The Tabor Opera House which opened in 1879, was built in 100 days. The building was luxurious with three stories made of stone, brick, and iron,. The exterior was painted in red, gold, white, and sky-blue. Inside, red plush seats filled the theater. Most of the building’s materials were brought to Leadville in wagons, making it one of the most expensive buildings ever built in Colorado. The Opera House was another gathering place which brought art and culture to a town. Photo Credit: Denver Public Library
View east on Leadville’s Chestnut Street taken between 1879 and 1880. Photo Credit: Denver Public Library.
Silver Dollar Saloon Photo Credit: Western History and Genealogy Dept., Denver Public Library (1981)
This photo shows a view southeast down Harrison Avenue in Leadville in 1920s. Photo Credit: Western History and Genealogy Dept., Denver Public Library
Small shops line the streets in 1937. Photo Credit: Western History and Genealogy Dept., Denver Public Library
The Norman-style ice palace was 325 feet by 180 feet with walls 8 feet thick and towers 90 feet high. It was built with 5,000 tons of ice and contained a skating rink, a grand ballroom, a restaurant, gaming rooms, toboggan runs, and a carousel house. It opened in January and closed in May. Ice Palace 1896 Photo Credit: History Colorado
The Ice Place was built in 36 days during late 1895. As the economy took a downturn, the city was looking for a way to create jobs and increase visitors to Leadville. . Photo Credit: Western History and Genealogy Dept., Denver Public Library
1896 band outside the Ice Palace Photo Credit: Western History and Genealogy Dept., Denver Public Library
Around 1920 Photo Credit: Western History and Genealogy Dept., Denver Public Library
Luckily in 1877 silver was discovered leading to a second boom of the town in the late 1870s. This was Leadville in 1877. Photo Credit: Western Mining History.com
Photo Credit: Jewish Museum of American West This is Leadville in 1877. Look how busy the street is.
360 image from Google Street View
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In 1961, the Leadville Historic District was added to the National Register of Historic Places, with nine key buildings, including the Tabor Opera House, Tabor Grand Hotel, Tabor House, City Hall, Dexter Cabin, and Healy House, plus 67 mines east of the city.
By 1866 the pacer gold was already depleted. Photo Credit: Leadville.com
Unfortunately, when the Sherman Act was repealed in 1893, silver prices dropped which lead to another downturn in the economy in Leadville.
What evidence do you see of this pattern in Leadville?
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