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After 2 days in Glenwood Springs we went to Denver to spend our last two days with John & Joanne Munro and their two cute Labradors Abby and Riley in their home in Lakewood. They took us around lots of local places of interest.

This is Georgetown, a historic gold mining town set in a narrow valley surrounded by the Colorado Rocky Mountains. A group of gold prospectors led by George and David Griffiths were the first people to settle in what is now known as Georgetown after they found gold in Clear Creek on 1859.

After the first harsh winter for which this area is renowned, the spring brought a gold rush. It soon became evident that some kind of government was required to keep peace and order so the Griffith Mining District was set up in June 1860. Shortly after, some of the residents formed the Georgetown Company and put in a claim for 640 acres of land on which to build their town, which would be governed by the Griffith Mining District.

As early as 1861 the numbers of gold strikes were dwindling, but in 1864 rich silver deposits were found nearby. Another town called Elizabeth Town was being built so close to Georgetown for the silver miners and their families, that by 1868 it was decided to incorporate the two towns as Georgetown.

Instead of adding to the many mining ghost towns in Colorado, today there are 950 residents and 211 historic buildings in Georgetown. A non-profit making organisation called Historic Georgetown inc. has been set up to preserve the town, look after the museums and organise events.

This image was taken in 6th Street, which seems to be the main street. The building at the end with the bell tower is the Town Hall and Police Department. One or two of you might recognise the two ‘nefarious’ characters lurking outside. ;D The other end of 6th Street is home to the Post Office. In the other WS is one of the preserved homes.

We had our lunch in Georgetown at the wonderfully named Happy Cooker. ;D AND I didn’t take a photo of it! :(

This will probably be the last post of my travelogue but I have lots more I might post at a later date.

ISO100, FL38mm,

You can see on the map where it is, although if you zoom right in it looks as if I was standing on a roof. Funnily on the Google maps, the roads have been superimposed over the map as a whole and don't seem to fit properly. Odd!?

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