Take a break from your outdoor adventures and learn about the rough and tumble history of Durango, Colorado.
Come join Horsefly History Tours: History With a Bite! as we venture back in time to search for the hidden history lurking just out of sight in Historic Downtown Durango. If your jam is learning about dates and architecture these tours are not for you. HHT tours reveal the darker side of Durango's past; thus, "History With a Bite!"
Learn about Durango’s Wild West history and the characters and events that have shaped this town since it was founded in 1880 by the Denver & Rio Grande Railroad. Together we will learn about the gunfights, ghosts, “soiled doves” and madams, outlaws, and the town’s one and only legal hanging. Durango has intriguing treasures to reveal…if only you know where to look.
Our Full Moon ghost tour will take you into a rare underground tunnel. Only Horsefly History Tours will guide you there. Along the way you will hear true ghost stories from the buildings and businesses that line Main Avenue. Restless spirits still roam the streets they did in life so long ago. Visit the site of the “hanging tree” where an angry mob of townsfolk lynched a murderous outlaw. Be silent as we listen for the voices of children who laugh and play in the dark. And brace yourselves for the grand finale where you will walk through a dark and creepy tunnel previously closed to the public. Our starting location is TBD.
This tour explores South Main Avenue were weary travelers disembarked the Durango & Rio Grande Railway to make a new life for themselves. This district was the dirtier part of town due to the proximity of the train station and smelter. Near the very southern end was the Italian district and there you could find affordable hotels frequented by miners and ranchers. Visit the site of an Italian saloon with a tragic love story, a historic hotel next to the first variety theater where raucous cowboys slammed down whiskey and the very place where one wicked outlaw was hung. This tour is 1.5 hours. At this time, no children under 14 (exceptions possible- please inquire).
This tour explores the murderous history of North Main Avenue in Durango. Learn about the town doctor who saved countless lives but took the life of one man; changing the course of his life. Learn about the fire of 1889 that nearly ruined Durango. Experience a saloon that was not much different than it is today when a notorious brothel operated there. And feel the past when you learn in depth about the day the Sheriff and Marshall engaged in the largest gun fight in Durango's history.
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For those seeking only the highlight reel. This tour takes a one-way walk down Main Street learning about some of Durango’s most notorious people and events. We will meet at the Steaming Bean Coffee House in the old Colorado State Bank building where you can grab a coffee to sip along the way. On this condensed tour we will not be entering establishments (except in the meeting place). Some of the stories we will be sharing, at the very sites, include Durango’s only legal hanging and lynching, the fatal gun duel between the Sheriff & the Marshall, and the brothel with the lavish madam.