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Tales, Legends, & Lore

The interesting thing about humans are the stories we tell ourselves about the past, whether factual or not.

Local Narratives


"...we started for Twin Lakes.  When we came to the top of the hill in sight of the lakes, I told the expressman, "That is the most beautiful place I have ever seen; that is where I am going to spend the rest of my life." Patrick J. Ryan Remembers:  New York Boyhood and Manhood and Early Days in Twin Lakes


The best tales are those told by one who had been there. While they may be biased, they are almost always entertaining. They could also be considered first person accounts of historical events. Below is a list of anecdotes from the Leadville and Lake County area.