Journey back in time on the Colorado Historical Society's Georgetown Loop Railroad!
Passengers at the turn of the century hailed it as the "far famed Loop", a marvel of engineering skill and the most complex railroad loop in the world. Today's railroad takes you over the reconstructed Devil's Gate High Bridge and through the same spectacular Colorado Mountain scenery that visitor of yesteryear enjoyed.
In 1877, the railroad reached Georgetown with the intention of extending into the rich mining town of Leadville, but the line never reached its goal. The railroad instead served the mining camps between Denver and Silver Plume, providing freight and passenger service. Although just 2 miles separate the towns of Georgetown and Silver Plume, the elevation difference is over 600 feet. The rail line twisted and turned over 4 miles of track to gain the elevation. The Devil's Gate Viaduct, 300 feet long and almost 100 feet high formed a spiral where the track actually crossed over itself. Because of its remarkable engineering the spectacular scenery, the "Loop" became a popular turn of the century tourist attraction.