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

Commercial Development:  Entrepreneurs
John Calhoun Bell

Prominent Colorado attorney John Calhoun Bell (1851-1933) conducted a law office in Lake City from 1876 until 1885 and was prosecuting attorney in 1883 at the Lake City trial of Alferd Packer, accused of killing and cannibalizing five prospectors.

Bell's law offices were located in the log building at 304 Third Street and he resided in the house next door at 300 Bluff Street from 1882 through 1885.

Bell relocated to Montrose, Colorado, in 1885 and served successively as district court judge, five terms as Congressman from the Second District, and court of appeals judge. 

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 Town of Lake City, PO Box 544, Lake City, CO  81235.  970-944-2333.  
Location of the law office of John C. Bell.  Hughes-Bell Cabin, 304 Third Street.  Click on image for larger pop-up view.