Tiny Town was created at the site of the Denver-Leadville stagecoach stop. It was located in a scenic mountain canyon southwest of Denver in 1915. A moving company owner George Turner began constructing buildings one-sixth the size of normal buildings with a turn of the century flavor. He was building these to delight and entertain his daughter. The original name was Turnerville. It was open to the public in 1920, and in five years, it became one of Colorado’s top attractions.
Tiny Town, when it was first opened to the public, had 125 buildings. They included a grocery store, a barbershop, two lakes, pool room, hotel, school, and church. The town also boasted of a genuine Pueblo structure with Indians from a New Mexico reservation. During this period, 20,000 people made their way up the hazardous, dirt mountain roads. In 1927, the town became known as Pike’s Peak and Buffalo Bill’s grave and George Turner sold the Tiny Town because he did not have the spare time to attend to the town.
The “World Famous” Tiny Town Railroad was in operation by 1939. By then, Tiny Town was creating thousands of special memories for kids of all ages. However, soon the town was on the brink of extinction because of setbacks due to fire, floods, and changing economic times. In 1988, volunteers adopted the resurrection of the town as a charitable, civic project. From across the state, individuals refurbished old buildings, got the railroad running again, and created new buildings. The lots in Tiny Town were leased at a public auction, donating the money to The Children’s Museum in Denver. The winning bidders pledged to rebuild houses to original specifications.
In 1990, the Tiny Town Foundation was created. This was established deeming Tiny Town as a not-for-profit effort and to ensure that the cherished village would never be threatened again. Every year the foundation is proud to donate a portion of the proceeds to various area charities. Tiny Town has over 100 colorful buildings, and an authentic steam locomotive powers the train ride.
In August 2010, they had a train derailment that caused injuries to numerous people. When the train derailed, it caused five cars to tip over. At the time of the accident, there were 30 people on the train. The injuries were scrapes, bruises, broken bones, and bumps. The people on the train ranged from children to grandparents. They were not sure what caused the train to derail and tip the cars over.