The old mining city of Silver Plume is a few miles away from Georgetown.
What is interesting about this town is that it has not been renovated. The streets are not paved and there are no trendy boutiques along the streets and no restaurants or hotels.
It's easy to imagine what life was like in the 1800's in this small mining town.
Georgetown - A cute stopover in the Rockies
The Georgetown Christmas Festival is one of my favorite winter events in Colorado.
In early December, the town of Georgetown comes to life with the sights and smells of Christmas. Shops are filled with Christmas ornaments, gifts and foods. There are parades, sleigh rides, and lots of Christmas cheer all without being a big commercial event. They do a great job keeping the festival small and intimate and giving it a very real sense of charm and nostalgia.
One thing not to miss is the noontime Santa Lucia parade, in which the children of the town follow Santa Lucia through the streets and sing. Santa Lucia wears a crown of garland and candles as she walks down the street. It's a beautiful thing to see and really helps you embrace the thought of the coming Christmas season.
The festival this year is on December 2nd, 3rd, 9th & 10th, 2006
6th Street in Georgetown.
Georgetown is a popular place to view Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep. There are multiple viewing platforms and places to stop to view the beautful animals standing with such confidence on the sides of the cliffs that tower over the I-70 corridor.
"Georgetown, Founded in 1859"
Georgetown is located on Highway 70, just east of the Eisenhower Tunnel. This charming western town is worth a stop to visit its "Main St." (actually 6th Street) with old shops and cute restaurants, picnic in its peaceful park, poke through 100 plus year old buildings, or ride the Georgetown Loop Steam Railway.
Georgetown is most known for the Georgetown Loop Railway. Stop at the railway's visitor center and cafe to buy tickets. Picnic by the river, and check out some of the old trains near the parking lot.
"Downtown shops and restaurants"
Downtown Georgetown has many unque shops, restaurants, and bars.
The Georgetown Loop Railway
"Photos from our trip on the train"
Daughter Jill and I decided to experience the Georgetown Loop Railway, after driving past it for many years. Our first try was Sunday in August with no reservations; bad decision. We just poked around Georgetown (took this great photo from under the bridge) and came back on Monday, when all the weekenders were gone.
The train runs from Silver Plume to Georgetown and back. Passengers can board at either end of the route. In Georgetown, buy your tickets at the Loops visitor center at the beginning of town, and then drive to the station, about a mile up the hill.
"Silver Plume Station"
The Silver Plume station is about a mile, as the crow flies, 4 miles as the loop railway travels, west of Georgetown. We got on here and found the lines shorter, the parking lot emptier, and the crowds thinner.
The train has open cars and covered cars. We chose an open car for the best views and photo ops. It was a decent day and we were warm with our sweatshirts on (in August!)
"Winding through the woods"
The train winds its way through Aspen and Pine forests, along the rushing Clear Creek (from which the County gets its name). I think this would be an absolutely beautiful trip when the Aspen have turned golden. the Loop Train stops running after the first weekend in October, just in time to catch those colors!
"Silver Mine Tour"
On the route from Silver Plume towards Georgetown, the train stops to let people who elect to take the Mine Tour (an extra $6.00 per adult). The tour goes into an actual silver mine, takes about an hour and a half and gives you a peek into mining life at the turn of the centurly.
"The engine changes position"
At Georgetown, the Steam Engine unhooks and goes to the other end of the train where it will hook up and pull the train the other direction. The valley is too narrow and there is not room to turn the engine around, so the engine pulls the train one way and pushes it the other.
"Riding behind the Steam Engine"
On the first half of the trip we were in the last car. We thought that would be the best place to take photos of the train ahead of us. Once the engine moved, we thought we'd stay where we were and experience the front o the train. BAD IDEA! On the uphill route the engine spews lots of steam and black "stuff". Bits of the black stuff fly back and hit you. The horn is incredibly noisey and by the end of the ride we both had headaches!