Horace Tabor’s Matchless Mine and opera house featured

The Leadville pregame for July Fourth is happening this Sunday, July 2, beginning at the Matchless Mine and ending at the Tabor Opera House – and it’s almost entirely free.

The National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum is thanking the community by providing “A Day with the Tabors,” an appreciation event from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the historic Matchless Mine in Leadville, followed by live music from the 101st Army Band of the Colorado National Guard beginning at 2 p.m. in the opera house.

The Matchless Mine is one of the big three investments made by H.A.W. Tabor in 1878 that sealed his fortune and earned his title as The Silver King of Colorado. It still stands today, just over one mile from Harrison Avenue on East Seventh Street and is open all summer long for tours.

“A Day with the Tabors” includes a free cookout for Lake County residents ($6 for non-residents), $4 beer, live mountain music from fiddling and boot-slapping 40 Degrees North, free tours of the Baby Doe Cabin, gold panning and pack burro demonstrations. There will also be live readings from two local authors, one of which is Donna Baier Stein, writer of the newly penned interactive tour at the Tabor Opera House.

This is a family-friendly and quite affordable event designed to thank the public for their support in preserving local history. Meet the people at the forefront of these efforts, ask questions and learn more about how it’s all done, while enjoying what’s sure to be a gorgeous day.

When the cookout ends at 1:30, it leads directly into the 101st Army Band concert at the Tabor Opera House, a free show that’s part of the Silver Circuit Series in the inaugural season under the Tabor Opera House Preservation Foundation.
As members of the Colorado National Guard, the 101st are citizen soldiers who have performed year-round for veterans and the public since 1937. Expect patriotic American standards for Independence Day, along with jazz, Dixieland and other popular selections.

Stick around at the opera house for tours and to purchase tickets for upcoming shows. The season has just begun, with six more performances on the docket. Beginning the uphill climb toward renovation, the Tabor Opera House is kicking into third gear in attempts to raise funds that will keep the building alive and reach an ultimate vision of a performing arts center. The Tabor Opera House is located at 308 Harrison Ave.

The Mining Hall of Fame has been keeping its calendar booked and the community engaged, having already opened a new permanent exhibit and hosted a book signing this summer. Located at 120 W. Ninth St., visit their website at mininghalloffame.org to find out more about their upcoming presence during Leadville Boom Days and the celebration in Denver for the unsinkable Molly Brown’s 150th birthday.