Lulu City, Colorado

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Lulu City Site
Lulu City site.jpg
Lulu City, Colorado is located in Colorado
Lulu City, Colorado
Lulu City, Colorado is located in the United States
Lulu City, Colorado
Nearest cityGrand Lake, Colorado
Coordinates40°26′44″N 105°50′52″W / 40.44556°N 105.84778°W / 40.44556; -105.84778Coordinates: 40°26′44″N 105°50′52″W / 40.44556°N 105.84778°W / 40.44556; -105.84778
Area160 acres (0.65 km2)
MPSRocky Mountain National Park MRA (AD)
NRHP reference No.77001562[1]
Added to NRHPSeptember 14, 1977

Lulu City was a transient mining town in eastern Grand County, Colorado, in the Kawuneeche Valley in what is now Rocky Mountain National Park. The town appeared after silver was discovered in the area in 1879 by prospector Joe Shipler,[2] and was built primarily by the Middle Park and Grand River Land Improvement Company in 1880. The company was backed by Benjamin F. Burnett of Fort Collins and Fort Collins rancher William Baker. The town was named after Burnett's daughter.[3][4] By 1881, there were forty cabins and a number of business establishments. By this time it was apparent that the silver ore was of low grade, and that high transportation costs made mining in the area marginal, and the town began its decline. It was abandoned by 1885,[5] except by Shipler, who lived there for thirty years.[2]

The settlement of Dutchtown was established in the Never Summer Mountains to the west of town by outcasts from Lulu City.[6]

The land was purchased from the estate of Hugh J. Harrison by the National Park Service in 1949. Three cabin ruins remain, along with remnants of other structures. The site was placed on the National Register of Historic Places on September 14, 1977.[1]

Lulu City town site. Lulu Mountain Background
Lulu City marker, National Park Service
Remnant building site, Lulu City.

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  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, 2010.
  2. ^ a b Day, David (2009). Colorado's Incredible Backcountry Trails. Rincon Publishing. ISBN 0-9660858-3-3.
  3. ^ Dawson, John Frank. Place names in Colorado: why 700 communities were so named, 150 of Spanish or Indian origin. Denver, CO: The J. Frank Dawson Publishing Co. p. 33.
  4. ^ "Grand County". Colorado Historical Society. Retrieved 26 August 2011.
  5. ^ McWilliams, Carl and Karen (August 20, 1985). "Classified Structure Inventory Report: Lulu City (site)". National Park Service. Retrieved 25 August 2011.
  6. ^ Atkins, D. Ferrel (August 5, 1975). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory - Nomination Form: Dutchtown". National Park Service. Retrieved 25 August 2011.