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Local History

Harrison Avenue, looking south, c. 1915

Baseball game, Climax, CO, Climax vs Gilman, circa 1940's

Express wagon and horses

Camp Hale

Panorama view of Little Johnny (sic) Mine

Carbonate Hill

The Boulevard

Harrison Ave 1917 - postcard

Chestnut Street during President Ulysses Grant's visit to Leadville 1880

Harrison Avenue, looking north, c. 1915

About CMHC

Colorado Mountain History Collection

This special, non-circulating collection is housed in our beautiful Leadville Room and contains over 4000 items of various media relating to the history of Leadville and the surrounding areas. The collection is available for Lake County genealogical research. The digital and physical collections are always growing, see the CMHC Digitization and Collection Development Plan for more information.


Researchers are welcome to utilize the collection during business hours. The library staff can assist you with your searches, show you where our sources are located, and help you get started.


For those unable to come to Leadville, our local history staff can perform limited searches for you. Contact Holly Henning with your inquiries by emailing or by calling 719-486-0569.

Local History Resources

There are a number of resources throughout Leadville to assist in genealogical and local history research. The list of government offices and organizations may be found here.

Timeline of Leadville History from 1860.