Every 4th of July, Smuggler’s Mine is the site of a nostalgic blowing of the mine’s whistles in celebration.

Though many may forget, Aspen first gained notoriety not as a celebrity ski town but as a world-class silver mining town. In fact, Aspen was one of the country’s largest mining towns, second only to nearby Leadville. In the 1880s through the mid-1890s, Aspen’s population and mining harvests grew at a rapid rate.