In 1966 the National Park Service designated Georgetown, Silver Plume, the intervening Loop valley and the surrounding mountainsides as the Georgetown Silver Plume National Historic Landmark District in recognition of the area’s uniquely well preserved representation of the 19th century Rocky Mountain Mining Boom. Georgetown celebrated the event, however, within two years newcomers interested in preservation realized that a federal designation would not protect the historic resources from being removed or overwhelmed by expansion and development particularly with the potential of a Winter Olympics and the reality of Interstate 70. In 1969, Ron Neely, John Calhoun and Cynthia Wadsworth proposed the idea of a historical society to established business owners Bob Bolander, Bob Gibbs and Wally Baehler. On May 7,1970, the Georgetown Society, later known as Georgetown Historical Society and now as Historic Georgetown Inc. was incorporated.
Thus the journey began. From the start HGI was as much of a preservation agency as a traditional historical society. A first project was assistance to the Town of Georgetown in the passage of Colorado’s first town-wide historic preservation ordinance that provided for the design review that continues today. The years have seen HGI’s acquisition and preservation of historic structures, conservation of the setting through open lands, promotion of heritage tourism, cultural and fundraising events, publications, educational courses and a constant, and sometimes boisterous, commitment to the integrity of the Landmark District. Rich, rewarding and never ending.