Explore Historic Leadville

September 14-16, 2012

Mark your calendars so you don’t miss this fun and educational weekend for history buffs and those curious about Leadville and Lake County’s colorful and wild past!


Friday, September 14, 2012
–  Welcome session by former Leadville Mayor, Bud Elliot
–  Tour of CMC campus and slideshow of the Old Stage Road
–  Tour of Hayden Ranch by two Hayden Ranch experts
–  Trip to the Old Stage Road interpretive signs along the Arkansas River

Saturday, September 15, 2012
–  Tour the Mining District
–  Picnic at the National Hall of Fame and Mining Museum
–  Tour of Evergreen Cemetery
–  Tour of Delaware Hotel or Healy House and Dexter Cabin
–  Performance by Madams of Central Colorado and dinner at the Delaware Hotel

Sunday, September 15, 2012
–  Tour of Hopemore Mine (600 feet down!)
–  Rockhounding in the Mining District
–  Grab and Go Lunch

For more information

For more information on the event or local lodging, contact Colorado Mountain College at  719-486-4258, or visit their website.

Click here to download the event brochure.

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4 Bar 4 Ranch

Homesteaded in 1895 by Dick McQueary to provide a stop for the Georgetown Stage Line, the 320-acre 4 Bar 4 Ranch has strong ties to Grand County and Colorado's heritage. The Georgetown Stage Line traveled on the road through the 4 Bar 4 Ranch from Idaho Springs to Hot Sulphur Springs over Berthoud Pass. In 1895 a roadhouse and stage stop were constructed on the ranch. The hotel and barn were constructed using trees from the Ranch property, and the hotel remained open for travelers coming over Berthoud Pass by horseback and wagon until 1913. With the coming of the automobile, the roadway over Berthoud Pass and through the 4 Bar 4 Ranch was considered an integral part of the Trans-Continental “Midland Trail” highway. Following the closing of the stage line, the ranch continued to host travelers until 1912 or 1913 when it was purchased and converted into a Ford Motor Company . Ford vehicles were sold here until 1917, when Harry Larkin purchased the ranch site. Today emergency efforts are underway to ensure it survives through the winter. Donations are in need. To learn more, contact Jennifer Orrigo Charles at jorrigocharlges@coloradopreservation.org.

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