Leadville News – July 31

Twin Lakes Highlighted at Boom Days

As July slowly fades into the background and Lake County gets ready for its busiest month of the year – August – Leadville Today wraps up its Twin Lakes update series. It’s been fun catching up with what’s happening in southern Lake County, highlighting lots of good folks doing good things for their community while living the good life in this small hamlet village. So be sure to take advantage of this mountain treasure and pay them a visit soon; it’s just a short drive from Leadville Today.


The Twin Lakes Schoolhouse is the meeting and gathering place of the historic alpine village. Photo: Leadville Today/Brennan Ruegg.

 Did you know that Leadville Boom Days will be honoring Twin Lakes in a variety of ways next weekend August 3- 5?! The town of Twin Lakes was established in 1865 and during its Pioneer era, the village acted as the gateway for travelers with loaded down mine carts and dreams of the big strike, headed back and forth to Aspen. But for the newly minted Leadville rich of the Victorian mining era, the historic Interlaken Resort located across Twin Lakes was a welcome reprieve from the city’s dirty machines which came with their share of air and noise pollution. The fresh air in southern Lake County was a nearby getaway from the industrial trappings which were manufacturing their fortunes being extracted from the earth. So good for you, Boom Days Committee for recognizing Leadville’s southern cousin!

The Interlaken Hotel will be honored as both this year’s Boom Days Belt Buckle design, as well as the parade theme: Interlaken or Bust!

According to the Boom Days website, 2018 Interlaken Hotel Leadville Boom Days Official Belt Buckles are now available for purchase. Each year the Boom Days Committee chooses a buckle design from several suggestions. Local artist Bill Harrington has designed the buckles for the past several years. BD.buckles.interlaken.2018-1024x366Numbered Buckles with light brass finish are $40, many are reserved but there are numbers available. Non-Numbered Buckles with dark brass finish are $35. Contact Buckle Committee Chair Noreen Dewhirst at 719-486-8332, please leave a message if not available. Buckles are on sale at Community Banks of Colorado, Pueblo Bank & Trust and First Mountain Bank in Leadville and will be available at the Boom Days hospitality tent during Boom Days weekend. Belt Buckle shipping is available for $4 for one buckle, $2 more for each additional buckle. Checks for buckles and shipping should be written to Leadville Boom Days and mailed to: Noreen Dewhirst, 919 Poplar Street, Leadville, CO 80461. Credit cards are not accepted.

This year’s annual Boom Days Parade Marshall will be “The Friends of Twin Lakes” a civic organization that works for the betterment of the Twin Lakes Community.  So expect to see a good showing from this group as they march this Saturday, Aug. 4 in the Boom Days Parade as the Grand Marshals!  Look for the sailboat float and a whole lot of good-looking people dressed in period clothing.

In closing, please find below a list upcoming events provided by the VisitTwinLakes group. Be sure to connect with them on their website or Visit Twin Lakes Facebook page to keep current on the most up-to-date information about events and news in southern Lake County. Leadville Today will be back for another report in the fall before the Indy Pass closes for the season!

Visit Twin Lakes

August Seminar Series at Twin Lakes

Native Nations Seminars presented by Judy Leaming.  Judy provides historical/cultural presentations from the tribal perspective starting with before nonnative contact to contemporary issues.  Native Nations overview at the Schoolhouse 231 Lang from 5:30 – 7 p.m.  August 1 continues the Introductions to Native Nations and on August 15 she will cover Justice Systems/Jurisdiction.  

August 2 –  Hydration, Thirst, Dehydration and Altitude.  Do they really matter that much?  A discussion of how much water we should drink daily not only at sea level but at high altitudes.  Why thirst changes ase we age. What happens to our body when we become dehydrated and how dangerous is dehydration. 6 p.m. at the Schoolhouse, 231 Lang, presented by Cathy Wagner, CRNA, MS.

August 7 and 9 – The Appalachians and History of Bluegrass presented by Roy Sovine.  This two part series will be at the Schoolhouse, 231 Lang, Twin Lakes starting at 5:30, unless otherwise announced. 

August 8 and every other Wednesday thereafter is BINGO night.  Please bring your own beverage and snack.  $5 donations per player. Held in the Twin Lakes Schoolhouse.

Trail Work Opportunities in Twin Lakes Area

  • Thursday, Aug. 23, anyone is welcome to work with a College crew coordinated by Forest Service Lead Steve Sunday on the same sections.  They will work from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. on re-routing the steep switchbacks on the trail from Willis Gulch trailhead.
  • Saturday, Aug. 25, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. the Friends of Twin Lakes will work side by side with the Cloud City Wheelers mountain bike club from Leadville continuing the work on the Willis Gulch trailhead.  

August 26 – Annual Community Picnic at the Twin Lakes Schoolhouse starting at 4:45 p.m.

August 28 – Twin Lakes will host the Lake County Board of  Commissioners’  Meeting in Schoolhouse starting at 1 p.m.

A Look at Twin Lakes in Winter





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