Category Archives: Leadville Life

Latest News – May 23

Memorial Day Service: Honoring America’s Heroes

Next Sunday, May 28 Lake County will commemorate Memorial Day to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice for the United States of America.

The 2017 Lake County Memorial Day Services will be held again on Sunday, May 28, rather than the traditional Memorial Day Monday in order to  accommodate those traveling to the event and to encourage more people to attend. So mark the calendars for May 28 for the annual even to be held at the Veterans Memorial at Evergreen Cemetery in Leadville at 1 p.m.

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This year, the Memorial Day program will feature speeches by USMC Colonel Willard A. Buhl, USMC Staff Sargeant Dean Sanchez and USA Captain Alex J. Longo (read his story), who will also be performing his moving song “White Stones“. Representatives from the Leadville Elks Lodge #236 and the Veterans of Foreign Wars 2 Mile High Post #859 will lay wreaths at the memorials. This year’s Memorial Day Service line-up is sure to make your patriotism swell and your eyes well, as local musicians and singers perform favorite American anthems.

It’s a moving service, and certainly a good reminder of what the day is all about: remembering those who died in active military service. The public is welcome and of course, so are the kids. There’s a lunch following the service at the Elks Lodge #236 at 123 W. 5th Street.

Memorial Motorcycle Run Along Fallen Heroes Highway

The 6th Annual Fallen Heroes Run will take place before the service, starting in Summit County on Sunday morning. The motorcycles and riders will assemble at the Summit County Elks Lodge at 1321 Blue River Parkway in Silverthorne. Registration is at 10:30 a.m. with the group departing to at 11:45, weather permitting.  The ride will travel along Fallen Heroes Highway, aka Highway 91 over Fremont Pass and into Leadville Evergreen Cemetery  A donation of $10 a bike will be accepted with all proceeds going to Lake County Veterans Memorial. 

Memorial Day is a time to honor those who died for the freedoms Americans enjoy.  Come and show your gratitude for the sacrifices these heroes have made. 

Killed In Action Ride Veterans Memorial

The 6th Annual Fallen Heroes Run will take place before the Memorial Day Service in Leadville service on Sunday, May 28. Photo: Leadville Today


Names Added Annually to Vets Memorial in Leadville

Every year more names are added to the Lake County Veterans Memorial in the Evergreen Cemetery in Leadville, Colorado. Early in the year, there was an open call for people to submit names to be added to the wall with a $75 fee, which helps to cover the costs of engraving. This is an opportunity to honor those who served with a name engraving on the Lake County Veterans Memorial granite plaque. Families from Leadville, Lake County and across the United States can add the name of any veteran deceased or living to the south plaque.

In order to have the plaque readied by Memorial Day, applications and fees ($75 per name) must be received by March 30 of that same year. Please consider an engraving or a simple, straight-up donation by contacting Brad Palmer at 719-207-1380 or mailing a check to Lake County Veteran Memorial, PO Box 952, Leadville, CO 80461. To download an engraving application: CLICK.

Latest News – May 22

CDOT Announces When Indy Pass Open 

While the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) crews have been working daylight to dusk managing a series of spring storms that brought sizeable snow totals across the state last week, officials were able to confirm this morning to Leadville Today that Independence Pass will open this Thursday, May 25. The only difference is that the gates will swing open one hour later than is tradition, officially opening for the summer season at 1 p.m. instead of high noon as is the old west tradition.


Colorado Department of Transportation plow crews are slowly breaking through to the 12,095 foot summit of Independence Pass. This Thursday, May 25 the mountain corridor will be open for the 2017 summer season at 1 p.m.. Photo: CDOT

As the highest paved pass in Colorado, Independence Pass summit sits at 12,095-feet so even while the snow has been plowed, there was still plenty of work to do, such as filling potholes, straightening signs and assessing and mitigating avalanche risks. CDOT crews work with Colorado Avalanche Information Center forecasters to clear up to one dozen slide paths that can impact SH 82. 

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The long, and winding road – Independence Pass’ east side, headed into Twin Lakes!

This scenic mountain corridor serves tourists, facilitates recreation and provides community connections across our state’s divide. After the pass opens on Thursday, CDOT crews will continue the business of keeping this and other state highway mountain passes safe and in good condition for the busy summer season ahead.

IMPORTANT NOTE: For travel safety, motorists and cyclists are reminded to always check conditions prior to traveling mountain passes, as spring snowstorms could close them temporarily or slow traffic at times.

For roadway conditions, or information the public can log on to or call 511. Or, sign up to receive FREE road condition messages to e-mail or wireless devices by going to

Indy Pass Link