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Leadville National Fish Hatchery

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1889. 6 miles southwest of Leadville on U.S. 24 and Colorado 300 (NR)

The eyebrow dormers, Carpenter's Gothic porch, and decorative fountain are gone, but the rough-faced native red sandstone building, outlying pools, and secondary buildings are still interesting features of the second oldest operating federal fish hatchery in the United States. “No matter how hard we try, we can't raise fish dumb enough for everybody to catch,” is the superintendent's response to fishermen who come here to complain about their luck. Inside, parquet-floored rooms with exhibits front the maze of raceways for tiny trout. On the grounds are the remains of the Evergreen Hotel (1880s), a resort on the Evergreen Lakes that burned down in 1894.

Writing Credits

Thomas J. Noel


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Thomas J. Noel, "Leadville National Fish Hatchery", [Leadville, Colorado], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Buildings of Colorado, Thomas J. Noel. New York: Oxford University Press, 1997, 366-366.

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