Tiny Town and Railroad – Morrison, Colorado - Atlas Obscura
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Morrison, Colorado

Tiny Town and Railroad

Travel through the wholesome amusements of yesteryear at this charming miniature village. 

Tiny Town began as Turnerville in 1921, a miniature village built by George Turner to entertain his daughter, but within five years, it had grown large enough to open to the public, and continues to delight visitors to this day.

The miniature marvel was home to everything from a grocery store, to a couple of little lakes, to a school, and more. Each feature was decked out with tiny little inhabitants living out their inanimate little lives. 

In the ensuing years, Tiny Town was damaged by numerous fires and floods. By 1977, Tiny Town (it was renamed in 1939), was in a state of total disrepair, but model train buff, Lyle Fulkerson, bought the attraction anyway. Unfortunately, just as he began his restoration, he was tragically killed by a runaway train car on his way to visit Tiny Town. Finally in 1989, the Northern Colorado Chapter of the Institute of Real Estate Management adopted Tiny Town as a civic project. Volunteers brought the sweet little tourist attraction back from the brink of becoming a dilapidated miniature ghost town.

Today, the little city continues to thrive. There are more than 100 buildings in the collection, and each one still has a fascinating little scene on display. Even after nearly a century, Tiny Town still offers a glimpse into the charming, wholesome fun of yesteryear.

Know Before You Go

From the intersection of C-470 and Highway 285 (Hampden) Click for mapHead south into the mountains on Hwy 285 for 6 miles. Exit at North Turkey Creek Road.Turn left (east) and go under Highway 285 and proceed to the stop sign.Turn left on South Turkey Creek Road. Go approximately ½ mile and Tiny Town is on the left. Free parking is in the two lots on the right.There is another exit off of Highway 285 directly to South Turkey Creek Road but you must make a left turn from 285 while crossing two lanes of often-heavy traffic. This exit will get you to Tiny Town in about ½ mile from the intersection of 285 and South Turkey Creek. Two free parking lots will be on your left.