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Area History

The purpose of this page is to help you learn interesting facts and tidbits about the history of Hinsdale County and Lake City.  This information is part of an on-going effort to record and share the history of the area on behalf of the Hinsdale County Museum, Hinsdale County Historic Society and Lake City DIRT with funding from the Preserve America Grant. If you would like to help by transcribing recordings, interviewing or writing stories for the project please  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . We are also collecting personal stories and photography as part of the Lake City Memoirs project, to learn more click here

 

The Town of Lake City currently boasts more than 200 historic structures. Homes, outbuildings, barns, churches, public buildings, motor courts, the oldest operating courthouse and more tell stories of day gone by. The Lake City Historic District was designated so in 1978, honoring Lake City’s role in the development of the American West. The Hinsdale County Museum offers walking tours for visitors to travel through history.

For those interested in getting more involved with history will enjoy the numerous shops and restaurants located in historic buildings. A stroll through the downtown historic district takes visitors along 500 feet of boardwalk, past the beautiful garden plots at the Third Street Market and the multi-functional Town Park. The park is home to a playground for children of all ages, a sand volleyball pit, picnic tables, a grassy area perfect for tossing the football or Frisbee, and several special events. The Moseley  Arts Center in the historic Hough Building features musical performances, art shows, dance shows and more. Come to the Lake City Historic District and enjoy the living side of history.  

 

These are some external links to area history: