|The road into Sunshine, CO|
A fun fact about Sunshine is that the town's founders intended the community to be a mining town apart from all the rest, a town that would have a sound moral basis and wouldn't be known for the kind of excesses that plagued other mining communities. Saloons in Sunshine were required to close on Sundays, and one of the first municipal buildings built for the community was a schoolhouse. Sunshine School District #28 was organized in 1875 and served 103 pupils in its first year.
|The gates of Sunshine Cemetery|
|Graves in Sunshine, CO|
Getting There By Bike...
Are you ready for a climb? Sunshine Canyon is actually one of the more popular evening and weekend riding spots for a lot of cyclists in Boulder, but that's almost entirely because the grade is steep and rather unrelenting. There is a parking area at the bottom of the canyon where you'll find any number of cyclists unloading their bikes from their cars and preparing for a hard workout. If you decide to drive up instead, please be aware that you will be passing cyclists on the shoulder both going up and coming down. If you keep going up Sunshine Canyon you'll eventually reach another small mining community, Gold Hill, CO. Gold Hill is worth the trip if you have the legs. There are a lot of original buildings and the town looks almost exactly the same as it did in the 1870s.