Latest News – May 15
Early Spring Conditions in Leadville Forecast
Mother’s Day Weekend saw a return of blue skies and sunshine which helped with the beginning of local clean up efforts as well as high altitude, attitudes. At this point in the month of May, most Leadville residents are over the snow. But alas, there’s more of that in this week’s forecast.
Here’s a Leadville Today video of current conditions out at Turquoise Lake, located a few miles west of town. The film was taken on Saturday, May 13, 2017, to put things into perspective. Stay warm and don’t put those winter boots away just yet!
Mining Museum Celebrates Author, Local Historian
The calendar already reads the middle of May, so if you’re starting to make your plans for the coming Memorial Day week(end), and looking to entertain visiting relatives or friends, then keep in mind the following book events.
The National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum (NMHFM) is pleased to announce a book launch and author talk to be held on Thursday, May 25. Colorado author V. Larry Frank, Jr. will launch his new book Colorado’s Great Depression Gold Rush: The Oliver Twist Tunnel at the NMHFM with two presentations and receptions the last Thursday of May. The program will be at 2 p.m. and again at 6:30 p.m. This presentation is dedicated to Robert L. “Bob” Elder, who, in telling his family’s story, was a key consultant for the book.
Frank’s book tells the story of the Elder family in the shifting economic realities of the 1930s. The Great Depression reinvigorated gold panning in Colorado, and the Elder family patriarchs invested their savings to reopen the Oliver Twist Tunnel atop Mosquito Pass. The book recounts the results of the Elder’s investment and the challenges they faced during the Roosevelt administration.
Frank and Elder both have close ties to mining and Leadville. After arriving in Colorado in 1981, Frank became curator at the Western Museum of Mining and Industry in Colorado Springs before assuming the role of Director at the Healy House and Dexter Cabin. He now resides with his family in Mack, CO. Elder’s roots are deeply entrenched in mining and Leadville. After returning to Colorado from his service in the Army and Naval Reserves during the mid-1960s, he began working in mines across Colorado and Wyoming, including Climax Mine. Elder was actively involved in entrepreneurial endeavors throughout Leadville, including his commitment to the development of the National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum, Leadville Research and Development, and the founding of Leadville Silver and Gold.
This event is free and open to the public, with limited seating. Please call 719-486-1229 or stop by the NMHFM to reserve your ticket.
The National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum, located in Leadville, CO, is a monument to the memory of the men and women who pioneered the discovery, development, and processing of our nation’s natural resources. Known as the “Smithsonian of the Rockies” and the “Premier Showcase of American Mining,” the museum houses 25,000 square feet of interactive and informative exhibits showcasing one of the nation’s most comprehensive collections of mining’s colorful history.
For more information contact Margaret Spiegel, Educational Programming and Event Coordinator, National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum, Margaret@mininghalloffame.org or 719-486-1229 x10. Or you can visit our website at www.mininghalloffame.org.