August is Lake City History Month
This collaborative marketing campaign bundles heritage-themed events such as Ghost Tours, special program and presentations, and brings together many community partners. Colorado’s birthday is August 1st, 1876. Lake City & Hinsdale County celebrates our heritage and regional and national significance throughout the month of August. Businesses are encouraged to offer special history-themes events or displays / products.
2018 Calendar of Events
Aug. 1: “Wet Your Whistle Pub Crawl” celebrating Colorado Day. Begins/end at the Museum. 3 p.m., $40 per ticket. Sponsored by the Historical Society, lakecitymuseum.com
"Old Radio Program", free admission - at Lake City Arts at 7:30 p.m.
Aug. 2: Susan B. Anthony and Chipeta (Chief Ouray’s wife) program by Michelle Pierce, at Museum; $5 each; limited seating; Museum at 6:30 p.m. lakecitymuseum.com
— Guided Walking Tours of the Historic District begin at 10:30 a.m. at the Museum; $8 each and under 2 is $2
Aug. 3: Interior Historic Home tour; $10 each; meet at Museum at 1:00 p.m. lakecitymuseum.com
— Ghost Tour begins at 8 p.m. at the Museum; $10 each and under 2 is $2; bring flashlight and raincoat lakecitymuseum.com
Aug. 4: Lake City Stick Horse Show World Championship in Town Park. lakecity.com
— Blacksmithing by Terry Klug; donations accepted; 2:00 p.m. at the Museum yard lakecitymuseum.com
— Volcanoes of Lake City field trip with Harvey DuChene; $20 each; limited tickets; no children under 12 years old; bring folding chair and water; carpooling is encouraged; four-wheel drive not required; program approximately four hours long; meet at Museum at 9 a.m. lakecitymuseum.com
Aug 7: Scarlet Belles special program; $8 each; piano performance begins at 7:00 p.m.; program begins at 7:30 p.m. lakecitymuseum.com
— Bellamy Brothers at Sportsman’s Backyard. www.sportsmansbbqbackyard.com
Aug. 8: String Academy performance at the Lake City Museum lakecityarts.org
Aug. 9: Guided Walking Tours of the Historic District begin at 10:30 a.m. at the Museum; $8 each and under 2 is $2. lakecitymuseum.com
Aug. 10: Ghost Tour begins at 8 p.m. at the Museum; $10 each and under 2 is $2; bring flashlight and raincoat. lakecitymuseum.com
Aug. 14: Cemetery Tours meet at the Museum at 10:30 a.m.; $8 each and under 2 $2 lakecitymuseum.com
Aug. 17: Ghost Tour begins at 8 p.m. at the Museum; $10 each and under 2 is $2; bring flashlight and raincoat lakecitymuseum.com
Aug. 18: Lake City Old West Shootout lakecity.com Aug. 19: Lake City Stinger Band Concert lakecity.com
Aug. 20: Back in Thyme Tea at the Museum; fundraiser for Helen’s Garden; 12:00 noon lakecitymuseum.com or lakecityarts.org
Aug. 31: Mito de Soto at Lake City Arts lakecityarts.org
Hard Tack Mine Tours and Museum – Located just up the Henson Creek road; underground mine tours, exhibits packed with mining history and machinery and a fantastic under- ground gift shop with the area’s largest rock and mineral collection. The tour will take you back in time to discover how hard rock miners blasted their way through the earth using only hand tools and dynamite. Admission is $13 for adults, $9 for children. Open every day (June to September), handicap accessible and state inspected. Bring a jacket. Group tours are available all year by appointment. 970-944-2506
Ute-Ulay Mine and Mill Complex - The Mine That Made Lake City, located 3.5 miles from Lake City. A self-guided, short walking tour on the upper portion of the site includes ten stops at historic buildings. This site demonstrates various eras of mining technology - from 1874 up to the 1980s. The bottom portion of the site remains closed to visitors.
Hinsdale County Courthouse - The oldest Courthouse that continues to function for its original purpose. A full restoration was completed in 2017. Walk through this spectacular building to see where the first Alferd Packer trial occurred, and the steps where Susan B. Anthony addressed crowds encouraging the women’s right to vote.
Lake City Museum - Offers a wide variety of new and returning exhibits, including mineral displays, a Civil War display, a Transportation Building, the Smith-Grantham house and playhouse, and much more. A rare example of a combination passenger / freight car - Railroad Car 211 - was purchased by the Historical Society this year and will be relocated to the Museum yard this summer. This was one of the cars on the “Last Train out of Lake City”. We are currently fundraising to restore this Lake City treasure. Open from Memorial Day through Labor Day, the museum is fun and informative for all ages. lakecitymuseum.com
2018 August is Lake City History Month sponsors include Community Banks of Colorado, Hinsdale County Lodging Tax Board, Lake City DIRT, The Matterhorn Motel, The Sportsman's Outdoors & Fly Shop, and the Town of Lake City.