This mountain outpost, at 10,152 feet the highest city in North America, has ridden many a boom and bust.
By 1880, a silver mining bonanza had turned Leadville into the biggest settlement between St. Louis and San Francisco.
A century later, it went belly-up when collapsing prices for the metal molybdenum claimed thousands of mining jobs.
Before the coronavirus outbreak, the town of 2,760 was making a comeback as a tourist destination, its refurbished Victorian hotel buildings, the Silver Dollar Saloon and an elaborate mining museum framed by snowcapped peaks.
The one constant over the years — not counting the bitter winters and the altitude that leaves visitors gasping — has been the United States Postal Service.
Leadville has no car dealership,