William E. Wilson, in cooperation with Historic Georgetown, Inc, has produced a new walking tour book, “A Guide to Historic Sites in Georgetown, Colorado”. This slim new volume with a light blue cover and a great picture of Georgetown taken from the Guanella Pass Road, fits nicely in a back pocket for easy reference. Both covers are double fold; inside the front cover is a map of the town showing three different walking tours for the Lower town, Downtown and the Upper town with numbers corresponding to the residences, businesses and museums to be found in the town. The back cover contains a map of the Guanella Pass Road with all of the parks, campgrounds, and lakes clearly marked.
Using the walking tour guide in the front, you can easily flip through the book and find the house with the number marked on the map. Each site is identified with a clear photo,the street address, a brief history of the property and anything of note or interest about the property. For example, #20 is the Hurd-Fish House, found at 605 8th Street built in 1875. A brief newspaper burb from the Colorado Miner newspaper from January 1, 1881 about the house is included, as well as a brief story about this house’s notorious nature – the Hurd -Fish House was the scene of death of Mr. Charles. R. Fish, which lead to the first murder trial in Georgetown history.
All throughout the book, tidbits about the property listed and the area are found.
The beginning of the book gives a brief overview of the history of the town and its formation, a bit about mining history, and the history of the attempts to preserve the town as an historic site. (Georgetown became an historic landmark in 1966- the entire town, which is a rare occurrence.) The architectural gems and museums are highlighted with a special diamond icon, and the Alvarado Cemetery is mapped out to give a better understanding of its structure and location.
A glossary of terms is included at the back, as well as an index to more easily find properties where the name is known, but not the address.
Overall, this will be a very useful book to both lovers of architectural design, as well as those with an historic interest in the properties beyond the date in which they were built. It makes a great history book as well as tour guide, and is sure to be of interest to all ages.
The book can currently be purchased in the Georgetown Visitor’s Center, and is available through Historic Georgetown Inc for the price of $10 plus tax and shipping.