Rathbone Tap Room

at the Adventure Center

The History of Rathbone

Through the historic mining period of our local Keystone area, there was a town in Peru Creek that has had three names. Currently, we know if as Argentine. In 1868, the town was founded as Decatur, named after Stephen Decatur. When Stephen died in 1881, the town of Decatur was later renamed Rathbone. Mining activity took place in Rathbone until the late 1800's when the mines were abandoned after an avalanche had taken out the town of Rathbone. In the early 1900's silver was found in the area so they rebuilt the town named Argentine and continued mining until the 1940's. You can still visit Decatur/Rathbone/Argentine today to explore the history of our close by mining town.