Silver Plume, Colorado


Silver Plume Details

Status: Active Town

Date Settled: 1870

Current Population: 195

Peak Population: ~2,000

Elevation: 9,118 Feet (2,779 meters)

Primary Mineral: Silver

State: Colorado

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Silver Plume Description

Silver Plume was founded in 1870 near the rich silver mines west of Georgetown. The town flourished, reaching a population of over 2,000 people prior to 1893. Like many of the silver camps of the west, the "Panic of 1893" dealt silver mining a crushing blow, and Silver Plume's glory days were over. Lead mining sustained the town prior to World War I, but after the war Silver Plume languished. In the years after World War II, skiing and tourism gave Silver Plume a new lease on life, and today the town has a couple hundred inhabitants and many historical buildings remain from the boom times.

Did You Know.......

A mine is a hole in the ground, owned by a liar.
-Mark Twain


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