Latest News – November 21

Author!   Author!    Author!

Leadville book shelves have recently been stacked with a host of new works from local female writers.

In September, there was local attorney Carol Bellhouse’s two recent releases:  Never More Beautiful and Loving the Cowboy. And earlier this fall there was a Meet The Author book signing with Ashley Saunders, author of My Cousin the Cowboy.

The creative juices must be flowing in the right direction, locally.

Leadville Author Gretchen Scanlon’s new book: A History of Leadville Theater.

Fortunately, there are a few more events coming up that can provide the perfect stocking stuffer or something special to load up on that new book reader before its placed under the tree.

This Saturday, Nov. 24, The Book Mine (6th and Harrison Ave.) will host a book signing for two local authors. Leadville historian and author Gretchen Scanlon will be on hand to sign copies of her new book: A History of Leadville Theater (see story below for more details).

Laurel McHargue at The Book Mine on Saturday.

Then editor, contributor, and Leadville resident Laurel McHargue will be at the store to discuss Not Your Mother’s Book, On Being a Stupid Kid, from 1 – 3 p.m. If you can’t make it on Saturday, you can also catch up with McHargue at the Colorado Mountain College Library’s Meet The Author event scheduled for next Tuesday Nov. 27 at 7 p.m.  It’s FREE and refreshments will be served. For more information call 719-486-4248.

The CMC Library will host a second Meet The Author event with Leadville’s Amy Frykholm on Sunday, December 2 at 7 p.m.  Frykholm will discuss her works, including Rapture Culture, and See Me Naked: Stories of Sexual Exile in American Christianity. This event is also FREE and refreshments will be served. 719-486-4248.

Amy Frykholm will read & discuss her works on Dec. 2.

With all of these Leadville women writers coming out with some great reads just in time for Christmas, it seems like a great opportunity to bundle some gifts. So head on down to The Book Mine and pick up your copies, Meet the Authors, and have them personalize your gifts.

Readers may also find these reads online at

Opera Houses, Variety Acts & Burlesque Shows!

Some of the most interesting stories from Leadville’s Wild West past comes out of the “entertainment industry.” Because if Leadville miners worked hard extracted minerals from the earth they played even harder having a good time. And thanks to Leadville historian turned author, Gretchen Scanlon those entertaining stories have been collected in her first book: A History of Leadville Theater: Opera Houses, Variety Acts and Burlesque Shows.

“Most people don’t know that Leadville had several opera houses and many theaters – some legitimate theaters and some not-so-legitimate theaters, said Scanlon in an interview with Leadville Today. Scanlon’s book explores Leadville’s theaters, the people who performed  in them, and ultimately what happened to all of those people and businesses.

Scanlon’s interest in the subject stems from her time working at Leadville’s Historic Tabor Opera House.

“I worked for Evelyn (Furman – former owner, now deceased)  at the (Tabor) opera house,” recalls Scanlon.  “She would tell these magnificent stories of the different people who performed there.” Eventually that led Scanlon to do some research about those performers, which led to discoveries about all of the other theaters during Leadville’s heyday. And those stories turned into a book.

“It took me a while to write and research (the book). I’m glad to finally have it out,” said Scanlon, excitedly.

So which one rose to the top for Scanlon; which theater was her favorite? It was an amphitheater housed in a tent located right behind the courthouse. It could seat 2,500 people!  Must have been some  pretty good shows to hold a hardy audience, considering the weather conditions at over 10,000 feet.

Readers can find this story and more in Scanlon’s A History of Leadville Theater. Many local stores are carrying the book in additional to The Book Mine. This book is also available online at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and History Press

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