Ice Palace Presentation by Godat at Library
Next Wednesday January 22, Darlene Godat, Author of “Leadville’s Ice Palace: A Colossus in the Colorado Rockies,” will offer a photo presentation at the Lake County Public Library. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the program begins at 6:30 p.m. Admission is free, but get there early because seating is limited to 75 people and there’s usually a good crowd for this presentation. The library is located at 1115 Harrison Ave., in Leadville.
For those who don’t know the story, during the winter of 1896 Leadville decided to build an incredible Ice Palace to draw tourists and their money up the mountain. The plan was successful as the three-acre, solid ice castle made with 3 by 5 foot blocks of ice and cornered by 90-foot towers was eventually built. It was the feat heard round the world, bringing thousands of sightseers to Leadville. It was a grand party for three solid months, but all that came to an end when in the spring of 1896, an unusually warm season melted away the ice along, with many dreams, putting an end to a fascinating era in Leadville history. Of course the story is much longer and more interesting than that brief summation, which is why you should go and see Godat’s presentation.