Lake City’s Historical Churches

Four historic churches are in active use in the National Historic District.  The First Baptist Church, St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, the Community Presbyterian Church, and the diminutive St. James Episcopal Church are well-maintained structures whose congregations welcome visitors.

St. James Episcopal Chapel on 5th Street in Lake City started out as a carpenter’s shop and was later used briefly as a public school building, before being purchased by local Episcopalians in December, 1876. The chapel still uses a rare Estey organ, with “Philharmonic” reeds, which was purchased in 1910.

A Lake City Baptist organization was first formed in 1883, but it wasn’t until early 1890’s that the local congregation succeeded in building their own church. A stylish Queen Anne-style frame church was completed by the Baptists on Bluff Street at the head of 4th Street in 1891. The church was unusual in Lake City in that it was the first, and for many years only, local sanctuary with leaded stain glass memorial windows. 

St. Rose of Lima Cathlic Church, the oldest Catholic church on Colorado’s Western Slope, started with an organizational meeting hosted by Father Hays of Del Norte, Colorado, in Lake City on September 2, 1877. Funds were raised that fall and winter for a 30’x60’ Gothic-style building which was formally dedicated on January 6, 1878. The church steeple was added to the building in the 1890’s.

Pioneer Western Colorado missionary George M. Darley assisted in constructing the Community Presbyterian Church of Lake City. Formally dedicated in November, 1876, it was the first church completed on the Western Slope of Colorado. Total cost of the structure, which included adobe bricks for insulation within the frame walls, was $1,700. One of the  structure’s most notable features is its steeple which was added onto the front of the original church building in 1882.

Things to Do in Lake City and Hinsdale County

  • Historic Attractions
    Explore the well-preserved history in our National Historic District, at our County Museum, and along the Silver Thread and Alpine Loop Byways
  • Scenic Drives & Byways

    Looking for spectacular views from your Car, Jeep or ATV? Find ghost towns - natural wonders - thrilling shows of wildflowers - historic sites - high mountain passes.

    For official Hinsdale County OHV rule and regulations please go to: http://hinsdalecountysheriff.com/Laws___Regulations.php

  • Walking, Hiking & Horseback Riding
    It takes only moments to hit a trail and leave civilization behind. Walking - Hiking - Horseback Riding - Backpacking
  • Seasons in Lake City

    Visit year-round and discover seasons as dramatic as our vistas!

  • Itineraries

    Hours, days, weeks, months...mix and match your want-to-do’s with your time-to-do's

  • Natural Wonders

    From sparkling waterfalls, varied wildlife and vast wilderness areas, Hindsdale County offers up an array of Natural Wonders

  • Fishing
    Stream and Lake Fishing in the area draws anglers back year after year, as faithfully as brook trout are drawn to dry flies.
  • Mountain Biking & Cycling
    A tremendous range of experiences - In-town trails for the family - Peaceful intermediate rides on trails and jeep roads - epic courses along the Alpine Loop and Continental Divide
  • Hunting

    With 96% public lands, area hunters are likely to have high harvest rates, quality animals, and a great overall experience!

  • Kid Friendly

    Make Lake City a beloved part of your family history.

  • Winter
    Covered under a blanket of white for four months, Hinsdale County is a winter playground for all.
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Visitor Center Info

970.944.2527  •  info@lakecity.com

Lake City/Hinsdale County Visitor Center
800 Gunnison Avenue
PO Box 430
Lake City, CO 81235
 
Hours:
Monday - Saturday, 9am-3pm
 
 
 
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