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Downtown Leadville

We left Buena Vista after breakfast and fully expected to be having lunch in Aspen.  Boy, were we disappointed when we found out that the pass over the mountain into Aspen didn't even open until after Memorial Day.  While we were sitting along the side of the road snapping pictures, one of the locals educated us to this well-known fact and told us we would have to turn around.  Sometimes detours can bring unexpected surprises and that proved to be true this time. 

Our detour took us right into Main Street, Leadville.  Being the highest town in the Rocky Mountains at an elevation of over 10,000 feet, walking the streets made us all short of breath.

Baby Doe's Cabin.
    There was a delightful book store on the corner where we were able to purchase high quality postcards, posters, and nice books about the area.   The store owner had lived in the area for years and had a wealth of information.   I was delighted to learn that during it's silver boom days,  Leadville was the home of the unsinkable Molly Brown (from the Titantic) as well as Horace Tabor's beautiful wife, Baby Doe. 

The ride up the mountain to the Matchless Mine was just a short distance.  Why not?   We even listened to the historian give a detailed run down on the life and death of Baby Doe.   She lived a life of extravagance and privilege.  At least until her husband suddenly died, leaving her basically homeless and broke.  Her beloved silver mine, the Matchless, had long since been depleted of it's bounty.  But she did have the little tool shed located right beside the mine shaft.  She quickly cleaned it out, tidied it up and moved in.  This is where she spent the last 35 years of her life.  Alone.   And all this time I thought Baby Doe's Matchless Mine was just a fancy restaurant! 

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Downtown Leadville
Downtown Leadville
Baby Does Cabin.
Baby Doe's Cabin.
Shaft leading into the Matchless M…
Shaft leading into the Matchless …
On top of mountain in Leadville.
On top of mountain in Leadville.
Leadville
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