Photos by Leadville Local Meghan Buzan
In the 1890s, everybody who was anybody had been to Leadville, or so the story goes. The discovery of gold brought the first miners to this two-mile high city, but it was the discovery of silver that made Leadville the nation's wealthiest city at the time. When Oscar Wilde entertained his audience at the Tabor Opera House, more than 40,000 people lived in Leadville! Our population is a lot less now. But those of us who live life elevated think there is no better or more legendary place on earth to be.
The legends of the West in the late nineteenth century were no strangers to Leadville: Horace and Baby Doe Tabor, the Unsinkable Molly Brown, Doc Holliday, Billy the Kid and even a John W. Booth whose headstone graces Evergreen Cemetery.
Then there are the modern day legends, the Leadville Trail 100 Race Across the Sky for example and some equally legendary characters not everybody’s heard of, although everybody in Leadville knows who they are. If you want to know more about these folks, you’ll have to come up to Leadville, strike up a conversation with one of the locals and they will tell you some of the most legendary stories you may have ever heard. We‘ll keep the lights on!
Colorado Municipal Hero Award recognition for Phyllis Carnahan.
Leadville Lake County Fire Rescue and the City of Leadville is honored that Phyllis Carnahan was selected and presented the 2017 Colorado Municipal League (CML) Muni-Hero award. Every year Colorado Municipal League allows communities to nominate a Muni-hero.These are the “unsung” heroes in a community who may not otherwise be acknowledged for their dedication to their city or town.
Phyllis was recognized for her outstanding dedication to our community at the CML annual conference luncheon on June 22nd, 2017. She was recognized for her dedication as a volunteer during the summer months to Leadville. Phyllis passionately gives her time to see that the general public is safe and there is a connection with them and their fire department. We can't express enough what a generous and outstanding individual Phyllis is, and we are elated that CML agreed.
The Colorado Department of Transportation is implementing a road "right-sizing" of Harrison Ave with a re-striping project completed on Friday the 23rd.
"Roadsafe Traffic Systems restriped Harrison Avenue (US-24) in Leadville yesterday for three lanes (previous was four lanes) and a bike lane. Attached are several photos showing the completed striping. Roadsafe will be replacing the existing crosswalks and stop bars and installing new left-turn arrows and bike symbols on Thursday and Friday. I plan to get more photos next week after the stencil work is completed.
In addition, this morning the CDOT signal electricians installed two exclusive left-turn lane signs on the signal mast arms at the 6th Street traffic signal.
Thanks to the Leadville City Streets crew for putting out "No Parking" signs, and for the City Police Officers who helped enforce it. We would not have been able to stripe the bike lane with cars parked along Harrison Avenue."-
Mark Bunnell, PE, PTOE
Region 3 Traffic Operations
To learn more about this project please click on the link below.