"The "Atlantis" of Colorado" Dillon by johngayton

Dillon Travel Guide: 24 reviews and 52 photos

Still A Trading Post.

Situated pretty much in the heart of Summit County, the modern reincarnation of Dillon still fulfils its original function but instead of servicing the mining community its new role is now centred around tourism and in particular winter sports.

The town became established in the mid to late 1800's on the back of the respective gold and silver rushes, primarily as a trading post. As the city of Denver grew eyes were cast towards the area as a potential high-country water source for the city and in the 1950's the decision was made to site a reservoir where town was located. Construction on the dam began in the late 50's and the new reservoir completed in 1963.

Of the old Dillon only a few buildings were relocated, including the famous Arapahoe Cafe and Pub, the rest of the town being drowned by the rising waters of the reservoir. Towards the end of summer, when water levels are at their lowest, the bell tower of the old church can often be sighted.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Arapahoe Cafe, Pug Ryans Brewery.
  • Cons:None that I can think of at time of writing.
  • In a nutshell:Functionality rather than ascetics.
  • Last visit to Dillon: Mar 2006
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • Oct 26, 2007 at 10:21 PM

    The smoking rooms of the Ottawa bars would in addition boast bruising wind conditioning systems... which, of course, sleeping with the window open would have prepared you for! Cheers, Marina ;-p


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