Photo Credits Megan 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!
Leadville City Council passed the 2019 budget on 12/4/18. City staff has created a budget brief for the public that is located below as a PDF. To learn more about this budget and prior budgets, as well as the last four years of audited financial statements check out the Finance Department webpage on this website. For questions or concerns please call 719-486-2092 for more information.
The City of Leadville is now accepting online payments for all permits, forms, and donations. Liquor licenses, Marijuana licenses, and fines will not be available for online payment. Please click on the following link to access the online payment portal.
City & County Building Department Merger
The City and County Building Departments have combined in an approved Building Dept. IGA. This goes into effect on Monday, July 9th. All building, plumbing, and mechanical permits should now be pulled with the Lake County Building and Land Use Department. Contact them at 719-486-2875 or http://www.lakecountyco.com/buildinglanduse/