Saturday, August 28, 2010

Silver Plume, Colorado - Then and Now

A recent ride took me to the small town of Silver Plume, Colorado.  It's a very small town off the busy I-70 Interstate near the larger town of Georgetown.

I'd always thought they'd named the town after the eye-catching frozen waterfall visible on the side of the nearby mountain when one is riding on I-70.  It was actually a town that sprung up around silver mines in the area.

If you like the look of old victorian age western buildings, this town might be worth a brief stop when riding on I-70 enroute to some of Colorado's many beautiful destinations.  I found the town small but quaint, quiet and a bit dusty.

As is my wont, this posting is to showcase photos of the town that I took as part of the ride in search of Argentine Pass and compare them for you with pictures from the Denver Public Library's Western History and Genealogy catalog.  As in previous postings, you have to click the external link to see the picture at the library's own site in order for me to avoid copyright issues.

Silver Plume's Jail 2010

Occupancy limit: 2, not too comfy



Silver Plume Jail circa 1875
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Silver Plume Schoolhouse, now a museum, 2010

Silver Plume School circa 1908
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Main street, Silver Plume, 2010



Silver Plume Main Street circa 1892
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The Windsor Hotel, now a private residence, 2010



Silver Plume Windsor Hotel circa 1902
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Hope you enjoyed this short posting on Silver Plume, Then and Now.

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3 comments:

cpa3485 said...

Very interesting pictures. Thanks. Some of the places look very nice today, others look a bit worn out. Such is life.

Jim

DimensionManager said...

Thanks for posting these pics - My rental car broke down here - last time I was in Co.
It was unreal, turned off I-70 and went back 100 years in time, ha dot wait a few hours to get a rwplacement from Eagle.
I've never forgotten this little town!
Thx. Bill

Charlie6 said...

Cpa3485, belated thanks for reading this posting.

Dimensionmanager, glad you liked it