At the height of Leadville’s mining days, the city’s population hit 30,000, 300 of whom were Jews. This courageous community built Temple Israel in 1884, the oldest of the area’s synagogues.
After a damaging fire in 2006, the Temple Israel Foundation secured four grants from the Colorado State Historical Fund to restore the temple to near original condition.
Today, Temple Israel documents life for Jewish pioneers during Leadville’s mining days. Visitors learn what brought these people to Leadville and what sort of businesses they pursued. You may be surprised to learn why whiskey jugs are on display!
For more information, visit www.JewishLeadville.org.
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