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Address: 201 West 4th Street, Leadville, CO 80461
Phone Number: 719-486-3625
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Unexpected part of Leadville history

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 19, 2015
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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 3 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 189 helpful votes
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 20 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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Mankato, Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

It was a pleasant surprise to find a Jewish synagogue nestled in the mining town of Leadville. Although it is no longer used for religious services, as a museum it portrays the history of the Jewish influence in the development of the mine and the town. It has been beautifully refurbished back to its original presence. A great stop just... More 

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Colorado Springs, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

We visited this historic Temple and enjoyed our discussion with the staff person on duty. History of this Temple dated back to German influence and they did an outstanding job of refurbishing.

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Fairfield
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

Temple Israel is a gem in the historic setting of Leadville, one of the many wonderful historic buildings that have been lovingly preserved. We were fortunate to visit just as the docent shift was changing, and so we had the benefit of two experts on the history of the building. The structure has been exactingly restored, based on old photographs,... More 

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Littleton, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

This synagogue was a pillar of the Jewish community in the latter part of the 19 century. They have restored it using old photographs and salvaged materials recover from neglect over the years. There is a lot of history in this building. The host of the building was very knowledgeable about the structure and history of the area. Plus ........ More 

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Wellington, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

This is a lovely little building, nicely restored and with some interesting photos and artifacts of Leadville's Jewish community 100 years ago. What is a little sad is that while the Jewish community obviously played a significant part in the early history of the town it effectively disappeared by the 1930s and the synagogue is now rarely used. But worth... More 

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