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Leadville, Colorado: Highest City in America

Countless people have died climbing mountains that are lower than 10,152 feet. You can visit that altitude in Leadville without leaving your comfortable car.

Harrison Ave., Leadville, CO
US Hwy 24 goes straight through the center of the city. Welcome signs on city limits mark the town's elevation.
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Leadville sign, 2023.

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I walked the entire length of Harrison Ave. (Hwy 24) and looked for the welcome sign that notes the town's elevation and the statement "On top of it all," but it was nowhere to be seen. I did notice the large mural pictured on Roadside America and found several more murals depicting the town, its history, and the 10th Mountain Division. The downtown directional signs do include Leadville's elevation: 10,152 feet.

[Barbara J Lindstrom, 02/22/2023]

The photo of the "On Top of it All" sign was snapped in 2010, and was looking a little weather-eaten even then. It gave the town's elevation as 10,200 feet, so perhaps Leadville has sunk 48 feet since then.


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Cute old fashioned town. Good place to get some superlatives in (highest post office, highest craft brewery, highest marijuana dispensary...).

[Ryn Jones, 06/15/2016]

Welcome to Historic Leadville.

Highest City in America

At 10,200 feet elevation, as the Leadville entrance welcome sign advises ("On top of it all."). Part of the Lake County.

[David Meznarich, 07/29/2010]
Highest City in America

Leadville is known as the "Highest City in America," and features the Glass Eye House (a home with a stained glass "All Seeing Eye of God"). The National Mining Hall of Fame & Museum is at 120 W. 9th St. It displays a "life-size replica of an underground hardrock mine," according to the tourism lit.]

[Roadside America Team, 08/20/1998]

Nearby Offbeat Places

National Mining Hall of Fame and MuseumNational Mining Hall of Fame and Museum, Leadville, CO - < 1 mi.
Fake CopFake Cop, Alma, CO - 13 mi.
South Park CitySouth Park City, Fairplay, CO - 15 mi.
In the region:
Highest Paved Road in the USA, Mount Evans, CO - 42 mi.

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