Silver Plume

Downtown Silver Plume - (Photo taken by in 2005)

With its neighbor, Georgetown, Silver Plume was the main silver district from 1864 to 1878, when Leadville’s deposits were
discovered. Silver Plume is on the Georgetown Loop Historic Mining Area train tour. Surrounded by Arapaho Natl. Forest.

Typically seen as a package with its easterly neighbor Georgetown, Sliver Plume, a former mining town, represents the other end
of the three-mile, engineering masterpiece known as the Georgetown Loop Railroad. Visitors can start the rail ride from either
location twice daily.

In Victorian downtown is the restored 1884 Silver Plume Depot, which offers a free slide show and exhibits on the history of the
railroad, plus steam engines and cars to view in the adjacent rail yard. During the hour-long train ride there's an opportunity to
stop and tour the 1870s Lebanon Mine. You'll explore the old silver mine with a guide who will explain the rich history of the area
and mining techniques once used there. Watch for big horn sheep along the way.

Don't be intimidated by the steep mountains encircling Silver Plume; hiking, camping, and fishing are all accessible in the Arapaho
and Roosevelt National Forests that surround town. Visit the Clear Creek Ranger station (exit 240 at Idaho Springs) for good area

Further west, Loveland Ski Area straddles the Continental Divide at the Eisenhower Tunnel, offering beginner to expert terrain as
well as a local, down-to-earth crowd.


   Sign on an old building in town ~ ( - 2005).



                Historic photo of Silver Plume way back in the olden days -- photo from



                                   The haunted  Weathertop Lodging B&B          


  (Photo taken by - 2005)

Just a short drive from Loveland and Arapahoe Basin Ski Areas, Silver Plume, a National Historic Landmark Town, has many
original homes that are reputedly haunted by ghosts of miners and their families.

Weathertop B&B is no exception.

Inhabited by the ghost of a 19th century miner who reminds guests of his presence by occasionally “rearranging” personal
possessions, and quietly moving about in the wee hours of the morning. Innkeepers here claim no responsibility for lost sleep, and
offer a third night free over Halloween weekend, if anyone dares stay that long!

Weathertop Lodging located at Silver Plume, one of the first National Trust Historic Landmark Districts under 1996 National
Historic Preservation Act, is a magnificent Victorian Bed and Breakfast. Enjoy your stay while hanging-out in their comfy English
country house parlour or take advantage of their main bath for Rohan Room guests. The Underhill Suite spells elegance and
romance with a private entrance and Colonial queen size canopy bed. Surely you'll feel the interior designs of each rooms made
from a real artist's eye.

Weathertop Lodging
520 Main Street
P.O. Box 1012
Silver Plume, Colorado   80476
(303) 569-2100
Fax: (303) 569-2175


James Goodridge, Innkeeper

Source of this information:  Snowboarder Mag message board

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