Leadville is the county seat of Lake County, Colorado. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 2,821. The city is historically a silver mining town on the Arkansas River, lying southwest of Denver, Colorado. Leadville had a brief gold boom in 1860, and when lead was found with high silver content in 1877, it received its first silver boom. By 1880, it was one of the world's largest silver camps, with a population of over 40,000. The city's fortunes declined with the repeal of the Sherman Silver Act in 1893, although afterwards there was another small gold boom. Many tales from Leadville found their ways into H.A.W. Tabor's works. It is claimed to be the highest town in the U.S.A..
During World War II, Leadville was a popular spot for visits by soldiers at nearby Camp Hale, but only after the town acted to curb prostitution; until then, the United States Army declared the town off-limits for its personnel. The war also caused an increase in the mining of molybdenum at the nearby Climax mine. At one point the mine produced 75 percent of the world's molybdenum.
The closing of the mine in the 1980s was a major blow to the town's economy. In addition, the many years of mining left behind substantial contamination of the soil and water, so that the Environmental Protection Agency designated Leadville as a Superfund site. Despite this handicap, the town has made major efforts to improve its economy by encouraging tourism, emphasizing its history and opportunities for outdoor recreation. The town is the site of the Leadville Trail 100 and other events for runners and mountain bicyclists.
Situated at an elevation of 10,152 feet (3,094 m) above sea level, Leadville is the highest incorporated city in the United States.
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Leadville on CentralColorado.comDirectory of dining, lodging, real estate, and recreation sites in the Leadville area.
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Top of the Rockies National Scenic BywayByway winds it way along the top of the Colorado Rocky Mountains. Because of its extraordinary beauty and importance in history this route is one of only 53 roads in the united states as a National Scenic Byway.
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