Situated at an elevation of 10,152 feet above mean sea level, the historic town of Leadville is the highest incorporated city in the United States. What began as a busy, silver and gold mining center in the 1860s during the Pikes Peak Gold Rush is now a major tourist destination milking on natural beauty and glimpses of a glorious past.
Located at the headwaters of the Arkansas River, right within the Rocky Mountains at this high altitude provide beautiful scenic and picturesque surroundings especially during the spring and winter seasons. Leadville was officially founded in 1877 setting off the Colorado Silver Boon and had by 1880 become the World’s largest silver camp with a population exceeding 40,000 people. The Tabor Opera House hosted Oscar Wilde during his lecture tour in 1882, around a time when Leadville was a famous site of many mining swindles.