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10 for 10: Leadville, Colorado

From the “Smithsonian of the Rockies” to Texas Jack’s final resting place.

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1. Called the “Smithsonian of the Rockies,” the National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum offers up a prospector’s cave and a 23-oz. gold nugget from Leadville’s legendary Little Jonny Mine developed in 1879.

2. The 14-room Healy House features lavish Victorian furnishings and objects belonging to former governors Horace Tabor and Jesse McDonald. You will be awed when you step into the 1879 log cabin James V. Dexter built for entertaining his poker buddies.

3. At the Heritage Museum, be sure to check out the model of Leadville’s famed 1896 Ice Palace and the displays honoring the 10th Mountain Division.

4. Ex-President Ulysses S. Grant was once a guest in the modest Tabor Home, which belies the fact that, in 1880, Horace Tabor was one of the nation’s wealthiest and influential men. A scandalous love triangle involving Tabor ended in divorce from his first wife and marriage to the beautiful Baby Doe. The repeal of the Sherman Silver Purchase Act in 1893 would later cost him his fortune.

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