Latest News – December 6
A major Arctic cold front will be leaving temperatures in Leadville in the teens during the day and in the negative teens overnight. This system is one that comes with dangerous and life-threatening conditions, especially for pets – please keep them inside!
Officials are also reminding residents to make sure that all heating units are in safe, operating order, that neighbors and friends who need a little extra checking-in on, get it, and that if you have any plumbing issues, these are the conditions they are likely to flare up. Jack Frost has arrived!
Traffic reports from the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) indicate that the major arteries in and out of Lake County – Highways 24 and 91 – should see adverse traveling conditions for most of today and tomorrow. This Winter Adversary will slowly move out on Thursday, returning to clearer conditions , but not for long.
Motorists are reminded of Colorado’s tractions laws which will most likely remain in effect on and off on high mountain passes like Fremont Pass on Highway 91 and Battle Mountain and Tennessee Pass over Highway 24, north and west of Leadville. Vehicles not adhering to these laws will not only probably get stuck and have a really bad day, but be subject to up to $600 in fines should you get caught and ticketed. Stay safe and as always, send your photos and condition updates to email@example.com – once you arrive safely at your destination, of course.
Mining Museum Hosts Appreciation Day Next Saturday
The National Mining Hall of Fame & Museum (NMHF) will host a community appreciation day on Saturday, Dec. 10, from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. The museum will offer FREE admission to Lake County residents with proof of residency. Hot beverages and light refreshments will be available from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.
The museum will be unveiling the first living history mining videos. Leadville film maker, Jaya Lange, interviewed miners with ties to Leadville and produced twelve 30 minute videos for the museum. The presentation will consist of condensed five minute videos of each of the twelve miners and will last approximately one hour. The videos will be shown at 11 a.m. in the Moolick Library which is located in the National Mining Hall of Fame on the top floor of the museum.
The videos feature Bob Calder of Leadville, Ken Chlouber of Leadville, Stanley Dempsey of Golden, Lisa Dowdney of Leadville, George Fields of Lakewood, Bob Kilborn of Buena Vista, Dan Larkin of Salida, Brenda Lacy Miller of Buena Vista, Carl Miller of Leadville, Howard Tritz of Leadville, Glen Wilder of Buena Vista, & George Webster of Leadville. All worked at Climax Molybdenum Mine for part of their careers, but also at other mines near Leadville or in other parts of the world.
These condensed five minute videos will be utilized in the museum to provide first person accounts of working in the mining industry which will personalize and enhance the exhibits the videos are paired with; the 30 minute videos will be housed at the Lake County Public Library and will be posted to the museum’s YouTube channel.
If you’ve never been to the museum or haven’t been in a long time, you want to take advantage of this opportunity to explore the museum for free. The mining museum is not just dedicated to Leadville’s mining history,but a national museum with 25,000 square feet of exhibit space showcasing mining artifacts, tools and processes of the trade, walk through mine replicas, and mineral and gem collections from throughout the United States and around the world. This is a great time to view their current temporary exhibition, Builder Levy: Appalachia USA which is on exhibit through Jan 2nd, 2017.
“Even if you think you are not interested in mining, you definitely don’t want to miss this mesmerizing exhibition!” stated Francine Webber, NMHF events manager. “Our visitors have described Levy’s black and white photographs of these miners as ‘Hauntingly beautiful’; ‘Beautiful and powerful’; and, ‘Some of the best photography I’ve seen.'”
The National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum, located in Leadville, CO is the only mining museum in the United States with a federal charter. Our mission is to tell the story of mining, its people, and its importance to American public. NMHFM is home to 25,000 square feet of exhibit space and is home to the National Mining Hall of Fame which honors 236 inductees whose work in the industry have significantly advanced America’s quality of life through their contributions in the areas of education, workplace safety, technology, environmental stewardship, reclamation, policy, and scientific discovery. They are a nonprofit organization dependent on admission fees and the generosity of individuals, foundations, and the business community to operate.