The Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad takes tourists aboard coal-fired, steam-powered locomotives on the 45-mile trip from Durango to the historic mining town of Silverton, along a route that dates back to 1882.
A rare two-hole potty car used by miners underground is one of the exhibits at the San Juan County Historical Society Museum.
Silverton was a gold and silver mining boomtown that drew the likes of Bat Masterson and Wyatt Earp in the 1800s. It also attracted entrepreneur Otto Mears, who built a toll road connecting Silverton with Ouray.
The Mayflower Mill opened in 1929 with the latest technology to recover gold and silver from Silverton area mines. Today, it’s a national historic landmark with self-guided tours in the summer months.
The Old Hundred Mine offers one-hour tours that take visitors in train of mine cars on a trip one-third of a mile into Galena Mountain to see a gold vein and crystal formations.
Visitors to Silverton, many of them arriving on the narrow gauge train from Durango, will see the remains of a mining town that boomed from silver and gold discoveries in the 1870s.