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A pretty village of Victorian-era houses and stores, Georgetown, 45 miles west of Denver on I-70 at an elevation of 8,500 feet, is named for an 1860 gold camp. Among the best preserved of the foothill mining towns, Georgetown is one of the few that didn’t suffer a major fire during its formative years. Perhaps to acknowledge their blessings, townspeople built eye-catching steeples on top of their firehouses, not their churches.

For information on attractions and travel services, drop by or contact the Georgetown Visitors Center, 613 6th St. (P.O. Box 444), Georgetown, CO 80444 (tel. 303/569-2888); or Historic Georgetown, Inc., 305 Argentine St., P.O. Box 667, Georgetown, CO 80444 (tel. 303/569-2840; www.historicgeorgetown.org). The latter offers guided walking tours of town for about $10 per person.