ROUTE OF THE SILVER KINGS
The Route of the Silver Kings located in the Leadville Mining District is a self driving tour through what was one of the richest mining camps in the United States. Placer gold was discovered there in 1860 at which time mining started and was Leadville’s largest industry until it ended in 1999 with the closing of the Black Cloud Mine. Hundreds of mines and three railroads served the area that produced 3,300,000 ounces of gold and 265,00,000 ounces of silver. All that remains from this is Era are a few of the historic buildings, mines, power plants and ghost towns including the infamous Stumptown where Molly Brown lived before the sinking of the Titanic.