The creation of Tiny Town in Denver, CO took place about a century ago - in 1915. At that time, the owner of a moving company, George Turner, began constructing houses that were one-sixth size. He made them originally for his daughter, but later opened them up to the public just five years later. In another five years, the attraction had become one of Colorado's favorite.
There are a wide variety of buildings in Tiny Town, some of them are very unique. The village is built in a valley and it is designed after an old Western town. All of them, of course, are amazingly detailed. You can expect to see houses, hotels, churches, stores, and businesses. Some of the businesses that you will see replicas of include Stanley Mill, The Fort, Arvada Flour Mill, Argo Gold Mill, Coney Island Hot Dog, and the Victorian fire station in Denver (Station #1).
A special railway was created for the town in 1939. This made it even more popular than ever. The train is also one-sixth size and is the perfect size to take families around the little town. Visitors can now ride the tiny train on a one-mile course. There are a couple of different engines - both steam and diesel. The train ride takes about 10 minutes and goes over Turkey Creek, Tweety Town and past Dinosaur Hill.
One of the engines that is occasionally at Tiny town is called the 1904 Cagney. This engine was first run in the 1904 world's fair that was held in St. Louis. A machine shop nearby actually did the machine work on the engine enabling it to run again.
After a couple of floods, the town had nearly been destroyed. There were more than 125 buildings at that time. Over time, different groups have helped rebuild some of the houses and buildings so that now there are nearly 100 of them - all of them built one-sixth size. The houses are very detailed and the kids can look in the windows and see what is inside each of the furnished houses.
This year something new happened that had not been done in Tiny Town since 1989. The town was lit up with Christmas lights in an effort to bring some hope to people who had been hurt from the economic problems in our country. The lighted houses can be seen from the road, and pictures can be taken.
The town is still growing. One building that people can expect to see soon is the Tara from "Gone with the Wind." This is actually replacing an earlier Tara that had been destroyed in a flood. Other important landmarks around Denver can also be seen in Tiny Town. Some of the buildings are also imaginary. Some of the buildings can also be crawled into, giving the children even more fun.
When the family has finished seeing the town and going on the train, there is a large playground for them. A gift shop offers many different items for souvenirs and other train-related items. A concession stand offers ice cream, hot dogs, and other refreshments.
Or, you may want to pack your own lunch and have a picnic on the playground. It would be a great way to end a tour of Tiny Town.
The Tiny Town is located about 30 minutes from the downtown area of Denver. It is open from May through September between the hours of 10 AM to 5 PM. In the months of May and September, however, it is only open on weekends, between 10 AM until 5: PM.