The One Small Town In Colorado With More Historic Buildings Than Any Other
With our mining and railroad history and roots that run even deeper, it should come as no surprise that the Centennial State is chock full of historic sites that tell of times long ago. While these places can be found in nearly every nook and cranny of Colorado, some communities have more sites than others, including this one small and historic town:
Welcome to the beautiful and aptly-named Lake City!
Stunning Lake San Cristobal is just a stone's throw away from the heart of town.
Nestled away in a valley below the San Juan Mountains, Lake City is - like so many other communities of its time - a former mining town that was once rich in minerals but quickly dried up and changed the trajectory of the newly formed town.
While many former mining towns' stories end there, Lake City's is just beginning as after the mineral boom came the Denver & Rio Grande Railroad, which served as another major employer until the town finally turned to the tourism industry.
When you visit today, you will find numerous nods to the town's history, beginning with the Lake City Historic District and its 34 blocks of homes and businesses
Billed as one of the state's largest and most well-preserved historic districts, the Lake City Historic District houses a whopping 240 of these old properties, including churches, barns, outbuildings, and the original courthouse!
In addition to the Historic District, Lake City also boasts historic cemeteries, access to old-time lodging, and other surprises hiding in and around town.
To learn more about all there is to see and do around this historic community, visit the
Lake City Chamber of Commerce website.
For more to see and do in the area, check out
Visiting The San Juan Mountains Blue Lakes In Colorado Is Like Experiencing A Dream.
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