Colorado prospectors struck their first major vein of gold here on January 7, 1859. That year local mines dispatched half of all the gold used by the U.S. Mint—ore worth a whopping $2 million. Today the quaint town recalls its mining days, especially along portions of Colorado Boulevard, where pastel Victorians will transport you back to a century giddy with all that glitters.
Idaho Springs at a Glance
- Argo Gold Mine & Mill
- Charlie Tayler Water Wheel
- Indian Hot Springs Resort
- Mount Evans Scenic and Historic Byway