popular tour in Georgetown is the historic Hamill House Museuma
beautiful Gothic Revival-style building that was once the home of
the town's most famous silver baron, William A. Hamill. The house,
which was completed in 1879, was built to Hamill's exacting specifications
of the finest materials available. Furnishings were brought in from
as far away as England, Hamill's birthplace.
Hotel De Paris
Hotel de Paris has been drawing people to Georgetown since it opened
in 1875then as one of the state's premier hotels and restaurants
and now as a museum. The hotel was built by Louis Dupuy, a Frenchman
who came to Georgetown in 1870 to seek his fortune in mining. When
an accident ended Dupuy's mining career, he purchased a small bakery
and within a few years had turned it into a luxurious hotel run on
the lines of the Normandy inns he remembered from his childhood. The
hotel is now owned and operated as a museum by the Colorado chapter
of the Colonial Dames.
Georgetown Hydroelectric Station is located on the east end of Sixth
Street on the former site of the What Cheer Mill. Originally constructed
by the United Light and Power Generation Company in 1900, it is the
second oldest operating hydroelectric facility in the state. In 1924
ownership of the station was transferred to the Public Service Company
of Colorado. Much of the original equipment in the building is still
being used today. Recently the Public Service Company, in conjunction
with Historic Georgetown, Inc., opened the doors of the station to
the public as an energy museum.
operating hydroelectric plant was built in 1900 and continues to operate
today. Visitors can see 100-year-old equipment, generators, early
electrical applicances, and walk through the plant. Visitors can learn
about the early development of electricity in Colorado, and learn
just how electricity is created. Plenty of historic photos and text
are on display, too. The museum is open seven days each week during
the months of June-September, 10 AM until 4 PM, Sundays Noon to 4
PM. No addmission.
Special Interest:The Georgetown Energy Museum is seeking volunteers
to help out during the summer season, welcoming visitors to the museum
and giving a short introduction and history about the building and
the generators. Committing just four to six hours a month for three
months would give you an excuse to get to Georgetown and would help
the museum handle guests coming in the door.