|LKA Donates Historic Ute-Ulay Town & Mill Sites to Hinsdale County
LKA recently signed agreements to transfer ownership
of the historic Ute-Ulay town & mill sites to Hinsdale County, Colorado. These properties are part of LKA's 285- acre, Ute-Ulay mine complex located on Henson
Creek just off Engineer Pass west of Lake City, CO.
The Agreement calls for LKA's donation of the land, historic buildings, and structures that comprise the original Ute-Ulay mining camp to the County for restoration, preservation and public display purposes.
The site includes the original miners' boarding house, a blacksmith
shop, headframes, assay lab, powerhouse and mill buildings. Some of these structures date back to the late 1800's when 250-300 miners worked the rich galena (silver) veins of the Ute and Ulay mines, the first significant discovery of silver in the district. The mines and mill were the primary catalyst for the establishment of Lake City, the seat of Hinsdale County, and home to most of the early miners from 1874-1940.
This historic restoration and preservation project is, in many respects, unique in Colorado. It is cooperative effort between LKA and the County as well as several state and federal agencies, namely, Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment, the Division of Reclamation Mining & Safety, BLM and the EPA.
Additionally, the non-profit organizations, Colorado Art Ranch and Lake City Dirt have played an important role in bringing together these diverse public and private groups to make this a reality.
LKA is proud to be involved in this unique project/effort to preserve this iconic symbol of the area's
rich mining heritage for the residents of Hinsdale County and the State of Colorado.
Ute Dam Site Ute Mill
Miners' Boarding House