The Old Hundred offers gold panning for all ages. Free with the purchase of a tour.
The miner's sluicebox is "salted" with the real thing, so everybody is sure to find some "colors".
Though the name of the mine is "Old Hundred Gold Mine", we only found silver... strange! :-) ...but fun!
Silverton is the end station of the Narrow Gauche Railroad.
The full- service season runs from May until October.
It's incredible. The end-station is just in the center of the town. The tracks end at the crossing of Blair Street and 12th Street.
The sound and the smell of this big black steaming colossus is a breathtaking scene!
The guided tour takes you in a little rail car, 1/3 mile into the Mountain, to learn how mining was done.
The old mining equipment is still in place.
Our guide once was an engineer in this mine and his lessons were spiced with authentic personal anecdotes. Wow!
No reservations needed.
Tours depart every hour on the hour, from mid May through the 1st week of October.
The famous Silverton gunfight is a great family entertainment and fun for all ages.
Very amateurishly, but very funny.
As Europeans, we especially liked the typical broad "Far West" accent of the performers. Great!
There is a street performance every day at 5.30 pm
Silverton is the northern terminus for the Durango and Silverton Railroad. The Durango and Silverton Railroad is one of the most scenic train trips in America, in my opinion. The round trip, which I highly recommend, takes about 9 hours. Through this train trip, you will see some of the best scenery in Colorado.
The main road through this region of Colorado is the Million Dollar Highway. There are some breathtaking views from this road. I was on this road in 1981, but not this time around. But I remember it was quite scenic.
Main Street in Silverton is like taking a trip back in time to the late 19th Century. There were many old style saloons and a couple of hotels here. It just had that old west feel to it. Main Street also had many shops with nice souvenirs.
A roaring camp turned into a full blown and brazen mining town of renown for 11 years. Silverton retains much of its original brick Victorian architecture, furnishings, fixtures and stamped tin ceilings.
The old bars and restaurants are still open. Old bordellos are spiffed up and made into comfortable hotels without the ladies of the night. A Pioneer spirit prevails as descendants’ still welcome visitors. There are many great places to eat like the Handlebar whose brick interior is decorated with just about every stuffed animal head and bird around. Good food and friendly service. Artisans of wood, weaving, jewelry and paintings along with typical souvenirs, tee shirts and Native American items are sold on Main Street.