Take a surface tour to experience the Tabors’ legendary story and see the historic Matchless Mine—a true legacy of the American West.
The Tabors’ special Colorado story features a late 1800s love triangle, extraordinary overnight wealth, and a heartbroken widow who moved to a small cabin, penniless, and spent her last years alone.
*Please note that tours do not enter the mine shaft, as it is too dangerous.
The famous mine and cabin are open Memorial Day to late September each year. See them for yourself!
During this time, Tabor made a scandalous decision. Married to Augusta, a successful and respected businesswoman, he began an affair. The community scorned him for pursuing the sweet-faced Elizabeth McCourt Doe, known as “Baby Doe,” and subjected his new love to scandal.
Undaunted, Horace Tabor and Baby Doe married in Washington, DC, in 1883 during Tabor's term as United States senator. Their wedding invitations, made from solid silver, and Elizabeth's elaborate wedding dress flaunted their fabulous wealth.
Tragically, the Tabors’ high-flying lifestyle was not to last. After a few years of extravagant spending, the value of silver crashed, and the Tabor fortune vanished. Tabor died in 1899, leaving his wife and daughters nearly penniless.
For the next 36 years, Elizabeth struggled to profit from the Matchless Mine. She leased the property for various mining operations, but its wealth was… More
So many things to see! So much to learn! So many amazing rocks to look at and interesting stories to read about! Great hidden GEM!
Leadville is an amazing day trip for those looking to explore the mountains and learn about Colorado's mining history. Definitely, do not miss this museum! While you're here, go check out the Matchless Mine, a great piece of history that's been preserved