following pages contain some history of Georgetown, Colorado. The
pages were taken from a pamphlet printed in 1968 for guests new to
the area. I have given credit to each of the authors. If you reprint
this, please do the same.
The Discovery 1859-The Gold Rush
Some Became Rich-The brave entrepreneurs
The Birth of a Town...1864-Early years of Georgetown
A Unique Charter-The incorporation of a Town
Big Men and Little Engines-Birth of the famous Georgetown Loop Railroad!
The Brave Fire Laddies-History of the firefighters
The following description was taken from Crofutt's "Grip-Sack Guide of Colorado." The guide was printed in 1885 by The Overland Publishing Co. and sold by news agents on the railroads, at newsstands, and at book stores throughout the United States:Judicial seat of Clear Creek county, Georgetown is in the center of the oldest silver mining region in the state of Colorado, at the eastern base of the "Snowy Range," 52 miles west from Denver, on the "C.C." division of the Union Pacific railway. Altitude, 8,530 feet. Population about 3,000. The city contains some very good business blocks, and stores and shops of all kinds, two banks, eight stamp mills, ore sampling and reduction works, five churches, good schools, two weekly news-papers, the Miner and the Courier, and quite a number of hotels, chief of which are the Barton, Hotel de Paris and American. Masonic, Odd Fellows and other secret orders have their halls for meetings. Gas works supply the town with illuminating facilities, and water, the finest in the world, is conducted in pipes from a mammoth reservoir, 500 feet above the city, which affords great protection in case of fire.
As a winter resort, the citizens of Georgetown claim to have some advantages over all other mountain towns. Situated as it is, at the head of the valley, walled in on three sides by lofty mountains, which protect it from the wind and storms, the air is of great purity, and the climate mild. For these same reasons, it is cool and delightful in the hot summer months, and of late has become quite attractive as a summer resort.
Georgetown is strictly a mining town. The first discovery of silver in Colorado was made by James Huff, September 14, 1864; the location is about eight miles above Georgetown.Of the thousand rich mines in the vicinity of the town, those shipping ore are: ColoradoCentral, Terrible, Pay Rock, Vulcan, Griffith, Baltimore Tunnel, Equater, Mendota, Little Matte, Native American, Corry City, 7-30, Joe Reynolds, Tenth Legion, and many others.
The most noted mines from which ore is brought to Georgetown for treatment are situated in Silver Plume, Brownsville, Silver Dale, West Argentine, and Bakersfield.
Georgetown is noted for the multiplicity, beauty and interest of its attractions. The noted "Green Lake," is reached in two miles, "Devil's Gate" and "Bridal Veil," in half a mile; "Gray's Peak," 14 miles; "Chicago Lakes," eight miles; "Summit Lake," 10 miles; "Empire," four miles; "Berthoud Pass," eight miles, and the remarkable railroad engineering feats of the "three-ply," "horse-shoe," etc., in two miles. These wonders can all be reached by good carriage roads, as also the "Snake River Pass," where you can stand, one foot resting on the Atlantic, the other on the Pacific slope. From this point is one of the grandest views of mountain scenery on the continent. The tourist can here pick flowers with one hand and gather snow with the other.
Georgetown is on the "C.C." division, Union Pacific railway, reached by two regular passenger trains from Denver daily; fare, $3.45. To Hot Sulphur Springs, 47 miles; Grand Lake, 55 miles; fare $11.00, "round trip," four-horse coaches.