Friday, September 28, 2018

A Giant Step Back in Time

What better way to welcome fall to the mountains than by taking a giant step back in time? 
Say to an 1880s mining town.

On the way to South Park City, the weather was absolutely perfect in the high 70s, 
with a brilliant blue sky and not a drop of rain in sight. 
It made the trip across the Continental Divide even more breathtaking 
as entire hillsides magically turned to gold.

We spent the day near our mountain cabin visiting a reconstructed "ghost town" 
that recalled the romance of a by-gone era.

The town has a fascinating history.
In 1957 more than 40 original historic buildings were moved to a common site 
where an authentic mining town now called South Park City was born.

More than 40,000 artifacts and furnishings were donated to the project by local residents 
and today these original buildings stand in tribute to that time.

After gold was discovered in this area, mining camps sprang up in every gulch and gully.
Soon the hills were dotted with towns with such colorful names as
Buckskin Joe, Eureka, and Horseshoe.

While there were various reconstructions such as saloons
(there were probably a LOT more than just this one) . . . 

 train stations . . . 

and mines, 

my favorites were the recreations of pioneer homes. 
I couldn't help but think about our own little cabin that had been moved from this area 
and how it might have been used back in the day.

Plus I discovered lots of ideas on how to decorate our cabin.
I love this idea of using old newspapers as wallpaper.
The miners used layers of newspaper as insulation in their cabins. 

Fairplay loves its burros, the patient and sure-footed animals that were
largely responsible for the success of the mining operations.

Besides its famous Brown Burro Cafe, Fairplay hosts an annual burro race,
running approximately 30 miles through the mountains. 

Even the high school mascot is called the Burros!
I just love that!

Besides loving burros, the town of Fairplay in the real South Park
was the inspiration for the South Park animated TV series.

And, of course, like anyone else who has enjoyed "South Park" on TV,
we just had to get our photos taken as those characters! 

Such a fun and educational day.
With wooden sidewalks and a wide dirt road down the middle of town, it felt so realistic.
I have to say this was the best historic recreation I've ever visited.

If you're in the area, I highly recommend a visit. 
Take Hwy. 285 south out of Denver to Fairplay. It's just under two hours' drive. 
Exit at Fairplay. Turn left off of Main Street to Front Street and go to the end of the paved street. 
Then take a giant step back in time.


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  1. Those were some good looking pictures of you and Ron. It sounds like you had a pretty special time.I love places that take us back in time.

  2. I've also blogged about South Park City Museum, Pat. It is an enchanting place to visit! Lovely autumn colors up there near Fairplay.

  3. That town looks like a place I need to be. I hate all the hustle and bustle that comes with cars and people being busy.

  4. This place sounds incredible. Looks very cool - I could definitely spend a day there:) I'm very unfamiliar with mining territory so it was really interesting to me. Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm. xo Kathleen|Our Hopeful Home

  5. Hubby and I have been to Fairplay. We loved it! Glad you had a fun time!! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  6. Wonderful adventure thank you for sharing.

  7. This was such an enjoyable read and looks like such fun! The fall colors are amazing! I am featuring you today at TFT. Have a great day!

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