Leadville Photo Credit: Altitude 10k (Flickr)

Photo Credit: Altitude 10k (Flickr)

Perhaps best known for being the highest elevation 'city' in the United States, Leadville, Colorado recently earned a spot on USA Today's 'Best 10 historic small towns' list.

Decided through a process that included expert analysis and a popular vote, Leadville was ranked in tenth place on a list that was topped by Granbury, TX, Abilene, KS, and Valparaiso, IN. Leadville earned its spot on the list thanks to the area's rich mining history, the many historic Victorian buildings found downtown, and a historic rail route in the area. It's worth noting that many remnants of former mining days can still be seen.

Despite technically being a city, Leadville is home to around just 3,000 residents – far from the city's population of 15,000 during the late 1800s. The town is located in Lake County along Highway 24, between Vail and Buena Vista.

See the full list of 'best historic small towns' here.

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I was sad to hear that the PB Brewery has closed in Leadville. Got the opportunity to spend some time there a couple years ago. Very nice people, good brews, a great place. So sorry to hear it is no longer in business. A loss to Leadville.

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