World-famous for its size, there's nothing small about the renovation project.
Tiny Town, located near Morrison, has been a popular public attraction for kids and adults alike for more than 100 years! And, the wee city is doing needed work to keep it going for generations to come.
Built in 1915 as a gift from a father to his dying child, and open to the public since 1921, the attraction is exactly what it sounds like: a small version of a village containing one-sixth-scale buildings, to be exact. It features around 150 little houses, many that are originals from the park's first days, and a miniature locomotive that has taken many a happy child on a fun ride over the years.
Like other attractions across the state, the pandemic hit Tiny Town hard, closing it down for the entire 2020 season. Dedicated fans kept the park going through the year thanks to donations to a GoFundMe campaign. This isn't the first time the public has stepped up to keep this historic village open for the enjoyment of all. In the 1980s, lots and houses were auctioned off to local buyers to keep the park up and going, which it did.
Thanks to the recent donors, Tiny Town will be opening once again in 2021!
"Wow, it seems like a long time since we had some good news to share, but we want you to know that we're planning to open for the 2021 season beginning on Saturday, May 29th, the beginning of the Memorial Day holiday," said Tiny Town's Facebook page. "We want to thank each and every one of you who donated to our GoFundMe campaign over the past year to enable us to survive the year without any income and still be here for you this year!"
Adding to the excitement of reopening are improvements being made to continue to preserve the village. Many of the houses will undergo repairs to keep them safe and sturdy. While the houses are miniature, they still have needs just like a regular home, including re-roofing, weatherproofing, and more. Spire Roofing LLC, out of Centennial, will be helping out with the repairs.
"So great to give back to the community and revisit this historical place we grew up visiting. Thank you all for the opportunity!" the company said on its Facebook page.
Tiny Town will be open for the 2021 season beginning on Saturday, May 29, the beginning of the Memorial Day holiday. You can visit from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., each day of the week through Labor Day. Please note masks are required for visitors over the age of 2 at this time. The park will continue to monitor public health requirements as the season progresses. A gift shop and snack bar are available, and families are also encouraged to bring their own picnic for a day of fun.
Adult admission is $5, kids 2 to 12 are $4, and train rides on the miniature coal-burning steam locomotive are $3. Learn more about the park and 2021 season on the attraction's Facebook page.
Are you excited to return to Tiny Town? Did you visit it as a child? What is your favorite part of the park? Let us know in the comments!