In the center of Colorado, at an elevation of more than 8,500 feet, lies a beautiful valley surrounded on all sides by majestic mountain ranges. It is here that we find the preserved and restored 1800’s town of South Park. South Park was the brainchild of Leon H. Snyder, an attorney from Colorado Springs. He appreciated the rich history of the frontier gold mining days, and was saddened by the deterioration of most of the old buildings and structures that he saw. The ambitious Leon took it upon himself to save the history of Park County.
In 1957 he created the South Park Historical Foundation and procured rights to representative period buildings throughout the area. The foundation then moved those buildings to a single location on the outskirts of the town of Fairplay. The area was steeped in history and was in close proximity to many of the abandoned camps. By 1959 the new “mining town” was completed.
Local Park County families scoured their attics and barns for relics and artifacts from the period. In all 40,000 unique and authentic items were donated to the new town and placed inside the buildings. Today 35 original buildings stand representing all the various types of business and structures one might find in the old mining towns from the 1800’s.
This town is now a modern gold mine for photographers. Once we access the grounds, you will find hundreds of cool antiques that will draw your lens. From dolls to dinner tables, steam irons to horse irons.
Each of the restored buildings includes a large variety of authentic object related to the type of building you’re in.
If you enjoy history or just enjoy photographing old relics and objects, you’re going to enjoy a photo tour in South Park Colorado.