That little town you can maybe make out to the left and behind the lake up above is Leadville. At just over 10,000 feet, it is the highest incorporated city in the US, and used to be a bustling mining town, as the name hints at.
There are attempts to cash in on the town’s history, like in charming Jerome.
But while the drive-through city center is well kept eye-candy, the mining area tells another story.
It doesn’t take long until things fall apart beyond repair…, but fortunately, sometimes they do this in style.
The aesthetic appeal is enormous, maybe because a true relic conveys a stronger message than a fake facade.