The town of Silverton, Colorado, looks like a 19th-century movie set. More than 50 years ago, Silverton was designated as a National Historic Landmark Historic. So the entire town qualifies as a historic site while offering all the modern conveniences for visitors. As the name suggests, Silverton was founded in 1874 as a silver mining town and the boom lasted until the early 20th century when tourism became the key economic driver. In reality, there are many more than five landmarks worth seeing, but these are among the must-see attractions.
Silverton is located in southwestern Colorado, about 350 miles from Denver. Silverton has an elevation of 9,318 feet, making it one of the highest towns in the United States. The railroad season of early May through late October is obviously the primary tourist period of the year, but the opening of the Silverton Mountain Ski Area in 2002 has created more of a winter economy. For more information about the town, see the Silverton Visitors Center website.
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