The Georgetown–Silver Plume Mining Area was declared a National Historic Landmark District in 1966, and more than 200 of its buildings have been restored.
A convenient place to begin a walking tour is the Old County Courthouse, at 6th and Argentine streets. Now the community center and tourist information office, it was built in 1867. Across Argentine Street is the Old Stone Jail (1868); 3 blocks south, at 3rd and Argentine, is the Hamill House .
Sixth Street is Georgetown’s main commercial strip. Walk east from the Old Courthouse. On your left are the Masonic Hall (1891), the Fish Block (1886), the Monti and Guanella Building (1868), and the Cushman Block (1874); on your right, the Hamill Block (1881) and the Kneisel & Anderson Building (1893). The Hotel de Paris is at the corner of 6th and Taos. Nearly opposite, at 6th and Griffith, is the Star Hook and Ladder Building (1886), along with the town hall and marshal’s office.
If you turn south on Taos Street, you’ll find Grace Episcopal Church (1869) at 5th Street, and the Maxwell House (1890) a couple of steps east on 4th. Glance west on 5th to see Alpine Hose Company No. 2 (1874) and the Courier Building (1875). North on Taos Street from the Hotel de Paris are the Old Georgetown School (1874), at 8th Street; First Presbyterian Church (1874), at 9th Street; Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church (1918), at 9th Street; and the Old Missouri Firehouse (1870), at 10th Street and Taos.
If you turn west on 9th at the Catholic church, you’ll find two more historic structures: the Bowman-White House (1892), at Rose and 9th, and the Tucker-Rutherford House (ca. 1860), a miner’s log cabin with four small rooms and a trapper’s cabin in back, on 9th Street at Clear Creek.
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