Silverton, Colorado, is the heart of the mining district. The railroad came here all the way from Denver in around 1891 for the sole purpose of supplying the mining operations in this part of Colorado. The train still comes to town. It’s now the Durango and Silverton scenic railway. It’s the same steam train that came to town in 1891. Our campground was right next to the rail yard. The train also unloads right across the street from the High Noon Cafe where we had lunch. Mining operations have ceased and now the area is supported by tourists (Hikers and jeeps in the summer.) and the skiing operations in the winter.
the town has a total area of 0.8 square miles. Silverton is one of the highest towns in the United States, at 9,305 feet above sea level.
The drive to Silverton is on one of the most scenic highways in the US.
We needed to do some grocery shopping and were directed to THE grocery store in town. We also learned about a gold mine tour that you can take, but we’ll save that outing for tomorrow.