Leadville News – June 4

Spring Rain Brings Fresh Mountain Snow



It was a busy weekend in Leadville for the first one in June. A sure sign of things to come as America’s Highest City heads into a busy summer season. However, one thing that most could agree with was how nice it was to see some rain in town last night; things seem to settle down a bit with a good spring rain. Of course waking up to fresh mountain snow on Colorado’s two highest peaks is a treat anytime of the year, so it’s #HappyMonday in Leadville Today.

Race Season Kicks-Off for a Good Cause

On Saturday, racers in the Turquoise Lake 20k saw near perfect weather as they headed out on the trail for the first “official” race of the Leadville season. In the end, it was homeboy Alex Willis who took top honors with a time of 1:14:43. Rounding out the podium was Pat Cade of Leadville at 1:18:56 and Wesley Toews of New Castle in third at 1:20:35.   The first female finisher was Leadville Sierra Willis with a time of 1:35:53. For Turquoise Lake 20k FULL RESULTS

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Racers at last Saturday’s Turquoise Lake 20k took their place at the start line to raise money for a good cause – the Leadville/Lake County Sports Hall of Fame – while kicking-off the official start to the Leadville race season.

Then on Sunday, the pace and the course slowed down a bit with the group’s second weekend challenge: the Fish Hatchery 5k.  The winner’s podium looked somewhat familiar as willis and Cade both took the top two position with times of 17:53 and 19:06, respectively. Only Sunday’s competition saw Denver’s Leroy Briggs take third place with a 22:49 time. Sierra Willis crossed first for the women again at an impressive 23:04. For Fish Hatchery 5k FULL RESULTS.

Both races are for a good cause: The Leadville/Lake County Sports Hall of Fame, which will hold its next induction ceremony on Friday of Boom Days, August 3. More details can be found on their website. 

Synagogue Provides Insight into Pioneer Jews

Also on Saturday, June 2 the Temple Israel opened its doors to a full house of people interested in learning more about “Jewish Life in Leadville in the 1880s,” as well as participating in a rare service held in the historic building. 

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Saturday’s “Jewish Life in Leadville in the 1880s” program and service drew a good crowd of faithful and #Leadville history buffs as Bill Korn with Temple Israel Leadville provided a fascinating look into the life of Pioneer Jews and their valuable contributions to this mountain community. The temple/museum is open for the summer season and if you haven’t visited in a while, #stopin you’ll be impressed with the recent upgrades!

Rabbi Ruth Gelfarb led the discussion of a gathering of more than 50 people, on the topic of  American Judaism in the 1880’s., which was  followed by a short Shabbat Service in the style of the 1880s. 

The program concluded with a fascinating slide show by Bill Korn, President of Temple Israel Foundation on “The Jews of Leadville.” Leadville Today was allowed to video the program which will be available to readers soon. It was wonderful to see a full-synagogue, and everyone enjoyed all of the information displays and interactive exhibits.

The Temple Israel is now open for the summer season. The museum is  open daily through Sunday, October 28, 2018 from 10:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. They are also available by appointment year round. You can check their website or Facebook Page for hours of operation and special events. The Temple Israel Foundation was incorporated in April, 1987, “to acquire, historically rehabilitate, and maintain” the Temple Israel building and to research the history of the Jewish community in Leadville as a whole without losing sight of the particulars of individual lives.

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The summer tourist season has begun! Pictured here are visitors enjoying the Temple Israel Museum in Leadville, located on W. 4th Street.

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