The district encompasses most of the original town and is significant for its association with the settlement of the western frontier and the development of metal mining.
The architecture of its approximately 300 contributing buildings is representative of 19th century western mining "boom town" construction. The property is associated with the Mining Industry in Colorado Multiple Property Submission.
National Historic Landmark
Colo. Hwy. 145, roughly includes all the commercial and residential area as well as the Lone Tree Cemetery to the east, Telluride