Georgetown, Co. was founded in 1859 during the Pike's Peak Gold Rush by George and David Griffith, two prospectors from Kentucky. It was named "Georgetown" in honor of the older of the two brothers. Although founded during the gold rush, the town grew rapidly following the discovery of silver on September 14, 1864 by James Huff at a site approximately 8 miles (13 km) up the canyon in the Argentine Pass area. In the following years, thousands of mines were dug in the mountains surrounding the town and the town quickly grew into a center for prospectors and mine workers in the surrounding mountains. Located in the valley floor, the town itself was not a mining camp but a center of commerce and entertainment for miners in the surrounding mountains.
Town Know For: Georgetown offers world class attractions Georgetown Loop Historic Railroad, Hamill House, Hotel de Paris Museum and Guanella Pass just to name a few, as well as incredible recreational opportunities - hiking, fishing, mountain biking and horseback riding. Enjoy great shopping and restaurants on 6th Street in the National Historic Landmark District and elsewhere in town
Region: Northern Front Range Regional Information
County: Clear Creek
Proximity to other towns: Located 36.7 miles from Boulder, 2.4 miles from Silver Plume, 3.4 miles from Empire, 12.6 miles from Idaho Springs, 13.8 miles from Central City
Elevation: 8512 feet
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