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LEADVILLE NAMED A TOP 10 TRUE
WESTERN TOWN BY TRUE WEST MAGAZINE
Long known for its Western and mining heritage, Leadville, Colorado,
garners national recognition as the second-highest-ranked Top 10 True Western
Town in True West magazine’s 2012 awards.
LEADVILLE, Colo. (Jan. 10, 2012) — With a colorful past that
includes infamous characters such as Doc Holliday and Baby Doe Tabor,
Leadville, Colorado, has never lost its Western roots. As proof, Leadville was
just named one of the Top 10 True Western Towns of 2012 by True West magazine.
In fact, the town, which at an elevation of 10,152 feet is the highest
incorporated city in North America, came in at number two on the list.
“Leadville is the smallest town on our 2012 list, but in this case
size doesn’t matter,” says True West Executive Editor Bob Boze Bell. “The
residents take their heritage personally, and their efforts have resulted in a
magical place where visitors step back in time some 120 years. And that is
worthy of recognition.”
This is the seventh year True West has presented this annual award.
Editors base their selection on criteria demonstrating how each town has
preserved its history through old buildings, museums and other institutions,
events, and promotions of historic resources. The towns are featured in the
January/February 2012 issue, which is now available at newsstands.
Included in the magazine’s rationale for selecting Leadville, “In
2011 alone, Leadville’s focus on history was evident with the renovations of
the Delaware Hotel and the 1878 Healy House, which is next to the log cabin of
one of Colorado’s first millionaires. Colorado Mountain College’s local campus
offers a preservation degree with hands-on experience restoring the 1872 Hayden
Ranch. Tabor Opera House is working to restore its theater sets dating back to
1879, even while it entertains with musical performances and Silver Boom
lectures. And every March, horse and rider teams still pull skiers down
Harrison Avenue, like the cowboys who started the tradition in 1949.”
At an elevation of 10,152 feet, Leadville is the highest
incorporated city in North America. All of the highways in Lake County have
been designated as the Top of the Rockies Scenic and Historic Byway, making it
one of the most scenic journeys in the state. Go to http://www.visitleadvillecolorado.com
or call 855-488-1222 for more information.
About Leadville and Twin Lakes
Leadville, the highest incorporated city in North America, is located in the
geographic center of Colorado, 103 miles west of Denver and 129 miles northwest
of Colorado Springs, on US Highway 24, part of the Top of the Rockies Scenic
and Historic Byway. Once one of America’s richest, longest-lived and bawdiest
mining boomtowns, 70 square blocks of the downtown area has been designated as
a National Historic Landmark of Victorian architecture. Activities include
skiing, fishing, camping, golfing, hiking, whitewater rafting, four-wheeling,
biking, museums, historical tours and train rides. Nearby Twin Lakes, located
15 minutes from Leadville at the eastern entrance to Independence Pass, is also
a National Historic District and a popular summer destination for camping,
boating, hiking and fishing. For the most up-to-the-minute travel news, follow
us on Twitter, www.Twitter.com/VisitLeadville, or become a fan on Facebook, www.Facebook.com/VisitLeadville.
Go to www.VisitLeadvilleColorado.com,
or call 855-488-1222, for more information or to request a free vacation guide.
About True West Magazine
True West magazine is in its 59th year of leading the way in
presenting the true stories of Old West adventure, history, culture and
preservation. For subscriptions and more information, visit http://www.TWMag.com
or call 888-687-1881.
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