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Leadville Castle: 1941

Leadville Castle: 1941

September 1941. "House in old mining town. Leadville, Colorado." Photo by Marion Post Wolcott for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.


Happy To See

That the nifty chimney has made it through the years.


Beautiful photograph. The clarity and detail are phenomenal. Nice find.


I've always wanted to visit Leadville.

At an elevation of 10,152 feet, Leadville is the highest incorporated city in the US. It's a mining boom- (and bust-) town, with a 19th-century opera house and loads of Victorian houses like this one.

Interior views

Still Standing!

Well, the house is still there. (Photo from 2012.)

[It has the same nifty Band-Aid color scheme as our Comments box! -Dave]

THE 100-YEAR-OLD PHOTO BLOG | History in HD is a vintage photo blog featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1950s. The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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