A Visit to the Georgetown Loop Railway

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Chase Hoven writes, With fall in the air and the leaves turning into their golden and fire-like colors…

With fall in the air and the leaves turning into their golden and fire-like colors, the mountains are a beautiful place to visit during this time of year. With winter just around the corner, now is the last chance for the people and visitors of Colorado to explore Colorado’s rich history. The Georgetown Loop Railway is the perfect place to visit during this time of year, since the Aspen and the mountains are such a beautiful sight. And what better way to celebrate Colorado’s history than to take a ride on the Georgetown Loop Railway. The Georgetown Loop Railway was established in the 1880’s as a transportive railway, which meant that it was a railway that transported goods from station to station. It traveled to Silver Plume, a town just a few miles away, and back again to the Georgetown Station. Unfortunately, when the automobile became the popular way to get around, the Georgetown Loop Railway was forced to close in the 1930’s. However, when Interstate 70 was being constructed 30 years later, they were originally going to build right over the Railway. Luckily, the Georgetown Loop Railway was saved and became a popular tourist attraction. My family and I road the train up to Silver Plume for a 20 minute rest and then back to Georgetown Station. On our way back, we stopped by a silver mine that had once been in production. It was six stories high and had once been a heavy producer of silver in the early 1900’s. But when the Stock Market crashed, the value of silver plummeted so low that the mine was forced to shut down. It was also quite amazing that the silver mine is still available to tour, as Interstate 70 runs right above it. The Georgetown Loop Railway was a fantastic trip for my family and I. We all had a blast riding the train and exploring the abandoned mine. It was also very pretty with the unique colors of the changing Aspen. My family and I hope to go back to Georgetown and ride the famous railway once again!