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Heritage Museum, Leadville

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The current home of the Lake County Civic Center Association's Heritage museum was a Carnegie Library, in serving as a public library until 1971. It was named for Andrew Carnegie, whose donation made the opening possible.

Today the Carnegie Library building houses a museum, dedicated to preserving the history of Leadville. Exhibits include period, Victorian furniture from the Boom Days, mining artifacts, Camp Hale mementos and a model replica of the Leadville Ice Palace. The Leadville Ice Palace, built in the winter of 1895-96, was the largest ice palace in the world. The Lake County Civic Center Association also owns the Colorado Mountain History Collection which is housed at the Lake County Public Library and is available online.

The museum is open May through October.

The Old Church, Presbyterian in affiliation and opened in 1889, is located at the corner of Harrison and Eighth. The striking architecture includes a Gothic bell tower and elaborate, hand-painted decorative glass windows.
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  • Don't just drive through town, stop and learn about Leadville's extensive mining history. Gold and silver were mined here in the 1800s and the town boomed. Many of the buildings on Harrison (main...  more »
  • Spent an hour and a half here during our visit and thoroughly enjoyed it. The model of the ice castle was especially unique. Younger children may not enjoy it, but our teenaged granddaughter liked it.  more »
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  • Their voicemail says they are open 7 days a week and I drove over an hour from Denver to do some research. Turns out they are closed for the winter but don't bother mentioning it on their voicemail or even have a sign on their door. That's pretty unprofessional conduct and a waste of my time.
  • Wow! Leadville has an amazing interesting history. Museum is recommended
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