After the Scenic Railroad Tour…

See previous post.

…we left Silver Plume (where the depot for the scenic tour was located) and headed to Georgetown to check it out.  We parked and walked down historic main street and a few side streets.

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You might be able to make out Hwy I-70 on the mountain.

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Police Station

Police Station

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Looking from a backyard to a neighbors front yard.

Looking from a backyard to a neighbors front yard.

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The next image is a building that used to be a school.  A man was inside working on it, but told us that we couldn’t go inside.

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We never made it to the newer part of town, but the old part is very quaint.  There’s a playground in the historic section that is amazing!  Great park for a family to enjoy.

While my mom is in town, we wanted to get as much sightseeing done as possible, so we left and drove to Idaho Springs for lunch.

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The owners hail from Arkansas and Tennessee:

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After lunch we walked around town.  I saw a waterfall and waterwheel that I wanted to photograph, but the pedestrian trail was closed due to construction:

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What comes next?  Dessert of course!  Georgetown Valley Candy Company has two locations, one in Georgetown and one in Idaho Springs where we were.  It’s all homemade ice cream.  It was wonderful – and reasonable!

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We wanted to drive around a bit to see what the houses looked like.  We first went down a very narrow road that had a very steep decline.  My mom was very nervous.  She later will name this road the Holy Shit Road as a joke because we will soon go down the Oh My God Road (what locals call it).  Just before we got on the Oh My God Road, I got out of the car to photograph an eclectic house.

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I saw a young man and made small talk about how the residents get around on those hills during the bad Winter months.  He off-handedly mentioned and pointed to a road saying, “Oh My God Road is an unmaintained road that gets pretty bad.”  I asked him how bad it was to travel on at that time, and where it led.  He mentioned that we could get to Central City from it.  Another town to explore!

The next post will be a continuation of this one.

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4 thoughts on “After the Scenic Railroad Tour…

  1. It appears you saw most of everything in Georgetown and Idaho Springs. Idaho Springs had a nice drive-in where you were able to buy a nice-sized cheeseburger or hamburger with home-cut fries and a drink for $4.99 in the early 1970s. It was always busy. About Central City, these days, there are a lot of gambling casinos. Again, in the 1970s, one street in the middle of town, you walked on wooden plank. Great sound if you wore boots. Maybe they still have it.

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