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  • Healy House Museum and Dexter Cabin - Leadville
  • Healy House Museum and Dexter Cabin - Leadville
 

On the corner of Harrison Avenue and 10th, the Healy House Museum and Dexter Cabin stand to reflect the wealth of the era. In 1879, James V. Dexter's, a successful mining investor, lived on this property in a log cabin. This little cabin was actually lavish, filled with collectibles and reflecting the riches of the mining industry. Dexter's Cabin still stands here, restored for visitors.

The Greek revival house, now called Healy House, was built in 1878 by August Meyer for his bride, Emma. In 1893, the repeal of the Sherman Silver Purchase Act ended the booming economy, and many of Leadville's wealthiest became destitute. Meyers house then became a boarding house, home to some 21 people by the year 1900. Dan Healy was a boarder at the house with his cousin, Nellie, who taught school.

The Colorado Historical Society has restored the house and the adjacent Dexter's Cabin, to reflect the lifestyle in the booming silver-mining town. The Healy House is furnished in period and includes many items once owned by Horace and "Baby" Doe Tabor, local silver-boom royalty turned rags.

In 1970, the Healy House and Dexter Cabin were added to the National Register of Historic Places for their architectural significance. The Society has also restored the gardens in honor of Emma Meyer, complete with native plants, idetified for educational purposes. Visitors can stroll through the gardens and visit the House and Cabin during its operating season.

Season is May through October. Individual, group and school tours available. Admission is:
Adults: $6.00
Seniors (65+): $5.50
Children (6 -16): $4.50
Children (under 6): Free
Colorado Historical Society members: Free

Address: 912 Harrison Ave, Leadville, CO 80461
Phone: 719-486-0487
Website: http://www.coloradohistory.org/hist_sites/healyhouse/H_house.htm

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