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Address: 201 West 4th Street, Leadville, CO 80461
Phone Number: +1 303-709-7050
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10:30 am - 6:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 10:30 am - 6:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour

A restored, 1880s frontier synagogue in historic Leadville. The only...

A restored, 1880s frontier synagogue in historic Leadville. The only building of its kind west of the Mississippi, it now houses a museum dedicated to the Jewish pioneers of a booming mining city. Come visit Temple Israel to learn more about a vibrant community that supported an active civic and social world whilst satisfying the city's commercial needs.

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I did not get to enter the Temple because it was closed at the time. It is a Beautiful Old Temple. The building is kept up very well.

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 16, 2015
Saint Louis, Missouri
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Orlando, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

This is a charming and lovely recreated building that shares the history of the Leadville Jewish community. Not a lot to see, but interesting and free.

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2015

I did not get to enter the Temple because it was closed at the time. It is a Beautiful Old Temple. The building is kept up very well.

Tucson, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2015

We were lucky enough to have the man who has restored Temple Israel at the synagogue when we got there. Bill Korn has set up a foundation to keep the temple "alive". The most unusual thing about Temple Israel is that is an exact duplicate of the church across the street except that it has Stars of David instead of... More 

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Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 119 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2015

I had read about Temple Israel at some point in the past but had totally forgotten about it. I was actually about the leave town and start the long drive back home when I noticed a beautiful wooden church in the distance. I figured, what the heck, let's just check it out on the way out of town. The church... More 

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Lubbock, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2015

Leadville is a little town now (about 2,500) but was a major mining center before the turn of the 19th century. At that time, there was a Jewish community that built and supported an active synagogue. Recently restored to its pre-1912 state, there are explanatory posters, a helpful docent, and a small collection of books for sale.

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Charleston, SC
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

A shock to realize how many Jews had lived in Leadville and how the Guggenheims and Mays made their fortunes. It's a simple structure that functions as a monument not as functioning synagogue.

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Boca Raton, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

If you are in the Colorado Mountains a must visit is Temple Israel... Leadville, about 30 minutes from Copper Mountain . Built in 1884 it is the oldest synagogue west of the Mississippi -- architecture-- Carpenter Gothic style. Amazing history and historical people.

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015

Happened upon Temple Israel by accident while strolling on Main Street in Leadville, CO! Learned lots about the history of the temple and Jews in CO in the 1800's. Special kudos to Bill Korn for his enthusiasm and wealth of knowledge.

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Dallas, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

Like other travelers, we were surprised to find the oldest synagogue west of the Mississippi in Leadville, Colorado. Who would have guessed? Built in 1884 and recently beautifully renovated. Though small, it is very interesting. Staff are knowledgeable and anxious to share history. Donations gratefully accepted, though no pressure to do so. Don't miss the nearby Hebrew Cemetery, which we... More 

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Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

My wife & I stopped in Leadville on the way to Gunnison, Colorado. We were totally surprised to see the oldest Synagogue west of the Mississippi. For anyone interested in cultural & religious ancestry, this place is a gem. Looks just like the church across the street...except for the 2 Star of Davids instead of a cross. Inside, the walls... More 

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