GARNA sponsors guided tours of the National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum & the Tabor Opera House

As a follow up to GARNA’s very popular geology talks, GARNA is offering a special guided tour of National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum in downtown Leadville. Known as the “Smithsonian of the Rockies” and the “Premier Showcase of American Mining”, this 25,000 square foot museum is a monument to the memory of the men and women who pioneered the discovery, development and processing of the nation’s natural resources.

Participants will have time for lunch on their own, then will take a guided tour of Leadville’s most famous building, the Tabor Opera House. Built in 1879 by Leadville mining magnate HAW Tabor, the auditorium is largely unchanged and retains a palpable sense of early Colorado history. The group will experience the stage where numerous 19th century luminaries once stood, including Oscar Wilde, Harry Houdini, John Philip Sousa, and William Cody among many others. Of particular interest are original hand painted backdrops hanging above the stage and several wall sized posters advertising popular acts from the 1890s.

The date is Saturday, November 12 from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. The cost for the mining tour is $18 for GARNA members, $20 for non-association members. The Tabor Opera House tour fee is not included and will be paid directly to the Opera House on the day of. Cost is $8 per person or $6 for seniors. Registration and more info is available at Space is limited. Please contact GARNA at [email protected] or 539-5106 with questions.

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