Bell signals from the men in the mines to those on the surface.

Silver Cliff’s hectic mining days are over, but many relics remain at the Silver Cliff Museum at 620 Main St.

The museum’s 1879 building once served as Silver Cliff’s original town hall and firehouse. Today, it houses artifacts depicting a history and life that revolved around mining, ranching and the homesteading way of life.

Notable items exhibited on the museum’s two floors include cashier cages from the Westcliffe bank, boxes from the original post office, and a hook-and-ladder wagon—one of the last in the country!

Artifacts from Lew Sing Key’s Laundry

Artifacts from Lew Sing Key’s Chinese Laundry are also on display. Key operated a laundry in Silver Cliff until his death in 1927. During his 42 years in Silver Cliff, he counseled troubled citizens, taught Sunday School and maintained great relationships with many of the town’s children and teens.

The Silver Cliff Museum is open Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m., Memorial Day through Labor Day, or book a special/private tour year round by calling 719-783-2615. There is no museum entrance fee, but donations are welcome.