Children, stop your bickering

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When I resumed my scenic drive north of Salida today the first town I came to after proceeding past the turnoff to Independence Pass was Leadville (Lead is pronounced like lead in a pencil).  In addition to being a mining town, Leadville has a feature which most towns don’t, but others are trying to steal the spotlight.

Leadville is the highest incorporated city in the United States (10,152 feet).

There is a town south of Breckenridge, Colorado, Alma, which I went through later in the day which is the highest incorporated town in the United States (10,578 feet).

When I was in Taos, New Mexico about 2 weeks ago I posted that Taos Ski Valley resort is in a village which is the highest municipality in the United States (the highest dwelling there is at 10,350 feet).

There are probably other “highest” claims which would make these comparisons even more confusing but these are the three I have encountered so far and I wanted to point out the distinction between them.