photos by Leadville Local Meghan Buzan
In the 1890s, everybody who was anybody had been to Leadville, or so the story goes. The discovery of gold brought the first miners to this two-mile high city, but it was the discovery of silver that made Leadville the nation's wealthiest city at the time. When Oscar Wilde entertained his audience at the Tabor Opera House, more than 40,000 people lived in Leadville! Our population is a lot less now. But those of us who live life elevated think there is no better or more legendary place on earth to be.
The legends of the West in the late nineteenth century were no strangers to Leadville: Horace and Baby Doe Tabor, the Unsinkable Molly Brown, Doc Holliday, Billy the Kid and even a John W. Booth whose headstone graces Evergreen Cemetery.
Then there are the modern day legends, the Leadville Trail 100 Race Across the Sky for example and some equally legendary characters not everybody’s heard of, although everybody in Leadville knows who they are. If you want to know more about these folks, you’ll have to come up to Leadville, strike up a conversation with one of the locals and they will tell you some of the most legendary stories you may have ever heard. We‘ll keep the lights on!
The City of Leadville received grant funding to have a feasibility study completed for the Tabor Opera House during the fundraising cycle of 2016. After receiving the committed funds, the City had a Request for Proposal process and received 7 quality candidates/firms to conduct the feasibility study. The result of that process was a contract with Progressive Urban Management Associates. For the past seven months, P.U.M.A has been working on the study to render a final assessment. Below is the final version of this study. For more information please contact the Administrative Services Manager at 719-486-2092.