2012 Armory Ornament

Lake City DIRT began a commemorative ornament series featuring one historic building per year. Proceeds from the ornament go to support revitalization and historic preservation programs. 

Each ornament is $20.00 which includes tax.  The cost of shipping is an additional $3.00 per ornament.  Limited quantities available. Each ornament has a unique number.

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A San Juan Tapestry Book

This 118 page, soft cover book features more than 135 historical photographs, personal remembrances and excerpts from historical publications. Timeless photography and excerpts from pioneer and present-day oral histories are woven into a captivating, generational tapestry.  When pieced together, the entwined character of this land and the people who have called this place home is preserved on the pages of the San Juan Tapestry to be treasured and shared.

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Therefore, when we build, let us think that we build for ever.... For, indeed, the greatest glory of a building is not in its stones, nor its gold. Its glory is in its Age, and in that deep sense of voicefulness, of stern watching, of mysterious sympathy, nay, even of approval or condemnation, which we feel in walls that have long been washed by the passing waves of humanity. It is in their lasting witness against men, in their quiet contrast with the transitional character of all things, in the strength which ...maintains its sculptured shapeliness for a time insuperable, connects forgotten and following ages with each other, and half constitutes the identity, as it concentrates the sympathy of nations: it is in the golden stain of time, that we are to look for the real light, and colour, and preciousness of architecture; and it is not until a building has assumed this character, till it has been entrusted with the fame, and hallowed by the deeds of men, till its walls have been witnesses of suffering, and its pillars rise out of the shadows of death, that its existence, more lasting as it is than that of the natural objects of the world around it, can be gifted with even so much as these possess, of language and of life....


John Ruskin The Seven Lamps of Architecture [1890]ii


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A San Juan Tapestry

Hinsdale County & Lake City, Colorado

History - Photographs - Memoirs

Available for purchase Summer of 2012



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Historic Lake City, Colorado


Lake City is a small mountain town, settled in 1874 by Enos Hotchkiss, in the San Juan Mountains of southwestern Colorado. The town was shaped by nineteenth-century silver and gold mining and twentieth century tourism.

Its remote location and mountain elevation also influenced Lake City’s growth and design of its historic architecture. The town is located 55 miles southwest of Gunnison and 55 miles northwest of Creede, at an altitude of 8,671 feet on the Silver Thread Scenic Byway. Lake City is also located on the Alpine Loop Scenic Byway, which is a primarily four-wheel drive backcountry tour of historic sites emphasizing the silver mining boom of the 1870 to 1890s. This byway connects Lake City to Silverton and Ouray, also historic mining towns.

The Lake City Historic District consists of a portion of 1875 town plat and several circa 1880 residential additions. It was designated as a National Register Historic District in 1978 for the town’s role in the development of the American West. Lake City offers genuine heritage tourism opportunities including walking interpretive tour of historic sites, museum, ghost and cemetery tours, mine tours and more. 

Lake City DIRT is currently working collaboratively with the Hinsdale County Historic Society and Museum to assemble information pertaining to the history of the area, historic property maintenance and funding opportunities to help preserve historic locations. If there is something you are looking for that is not available here please call our office to inquire about obtaining what you are needing, 970-944-3478 or  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .