Built on the legacy of mining, a small Colorado town puts its faith in tourism, thriving together as a seasonal community. The town of Silverton is located 45 min north of Durango, Colo. nestled deep in the San Juan Mountains and founded along the Million Dollar Highway, with a population of around 650 residents. The town relies heavily on business from the Historic Durango Silverton narrow gauge railroad, which brings visitors into town all summer long. Old Time photography, rustic taverns and curio shops make up the economic drivers for this sleepy community during those four short months of summer. Never-the-less the local population is resilient, and above all optimistic. New breweries take shape along the main thoroughfare, alongside cafés and historic hotels, reinvigorated each season through tourism dollars.
Photos By: Jeremy Wade ShockleyVIEW FULL STORY