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Tiny Town Has Made a Big Mark in Colorado

Magazine article Sunset

Tiny Town Has Made a Big Mark in Colorado

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It was built in part as an advertising ploy, in part to amuse a child, but it turned into one of Colorado's biggest tourist attractions. That was in 1915.

Today, Tiny Town, Colorado, a onesixth-scale model of Denver, is once again a major attraction, drawing more than 100,000 visitors a year. It is still, in some ways, a great form of advertising-its downtown area is sprinkled with 3- to 5-foot-tall versions of various Denver businesses-but Tiny Town's real appeal lies in its power to evoke a sense of wonder.

When Denver businessman George Turner built Tiny Town, he did it to advertise his moving and storage business, as well as to entertain his young daughter. In its heyday, the town covered 25 acres and featured 125 buildings arranged in downtown, residential, and ranch areas. A tiny coal-burning train carried visitors through the well-manicured town and past swans floating on small ponds.

But over the years, Tiny Town suffered a fire and floods before finally being abandoned. …

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