Old West Victorians in Georgetown, Colorado

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Georgetown’s historic business district attracts residents and visitors alike.

Georgetown’s historic business district attracts residents and visitors alike.

Georgetown is the silver queen of the Rockies and a gold mine of Victorian architecture. Natives and newcomers alike are determined to preserve the town’s 211 grand and not-so-grand Victorian-era buildings, which range from log cabins to mansions. Following a gold strike in 1859, mining encampments dotted the craggy terrain west of Denver. The gold played out, and silver took its place. Once reachable only by roads snaking through passes, this area attracted tourists after the railroad arrived in the 1870s. The Great Depression took its toll, but creation of the Georgetown–Silver Plume National Historic Landmark District in 1966 started a new life for the town.