Tiny Town

Tiny Town is at the site of of a Denver-Leadville stagecoach stop a few miles west of Denver.   In 1915, George Turner began constructing one-sixth-sized buildings to entertain his young daughter.  In 1920 the town was opened to the public.

In 1939, a railroad was added to the town.

Throughout its history, there have been floods, fires, bankruptcies and such.  It was rare for the attraction to be in operation for more than a few years at a time.  In 1987, a new group of investors purchased the town at auction and commenced restoration.  Through the sale and leasing of lots, individuals and groups now are responsible for their individual buildings and areas.  In 1989, it incorporated as a non-profit, and today brings in enough money not only for its own operation, but also donates to several Denver area charities.

1990 saw the return of the railroad, which had been down for many years. 

The track consists of a 5/8 mile, 15-inch gauge loop taking 9 minutes for a ride.  Many structures are only visible from the train.

Locomotives consist of two gasoline engines and two 4-6-2- steamers, both overhauled and retrofitted by Baker Boys Machine Shop.   #22 is propane fired, #10 burns coal.  There is also a Cagney on the premises, though it is only ran on special occasions and I am not clear as to who owns it.  Weekdays are gasoline powered, the steamers are brought out on weekends, holidays and special occasions.

Admission is cheap - $5, and a train ride is $1.  Concessions and gift shop.  There are picnic areas and you can bring your own food and beverages - no reservations required.  It is a great way to spend a day with the kids or grandkids.   Today, in addition to the railroad, there are over 100 miniature buildings, many with detailed interiors.

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