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A Brief History of Lake City:
The Mining Era, 1874-1904

Commercial Development:
Entertainment & Hell's Acre

Lake City offered a full range of entertainment-related businesses associated with a male-dominated mining town.

"Hell's Acre" flourished at the southwest corner of town near the entrance to Henson Creek Canyon with a concentration of saloons, dance halls, and brothels. 

In 1878, Lake City had 20 saloons and two breweries but this number declined substantially in the following years as bachelor prospectors migrated on to other mining districts.  Saloons also suffered from the vociferous temperance crusade launched by local ministers.  

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 Town of Lake City, PO Box 544, Lake City, CO  81235.  970-944-2333.