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Leadville National Fish Hatchery Celebrates 125th Anniversary


August 4, 2014

Leadville National Fish Hatchery building. Credit: USFWS
Leadville National Fish Hatchery building. Credit: USFWS

The Leadville National Fish Hatchery (NFH) celebrated its 125th Anniversary on Saturday, July 26 2014 with a well-attended event that was sponsored by its non-profit “Friends” of the Leadville NFH group.

An estimated 300 people attended the anniversary event, which was held at the hatchery and included speeches by Acting Fish and Aquatic Conservation Assistant Regional Director, Larry Gamble; Lake County Commissioner, Bruce Hix; State representative, Millie Hamner; and Field Representative from U.S. Congressman Scott Tipton’s Office, Christian Reece. 

Former Leadville mayor, Bud Elliott, was the event MC while Judy Cole, the planning chair for the friends group, provided introductory remarks. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service personnel provided tours of the hatchery, while the Lion’s Club provided a barbecue meal. Dessert, in the form of cake and ice cream, was provided by the Friends group.

An historic anniversary would not be the same without games – and the event featured games aplenty!  Recreational activities ranged from a horseshoe tournament for the adults, to face painting and a fish pond for the kids.  Mark Cole demonstrated the art of Tenkara fly fishing, while hometown rockers, Leadville Cherokee, provided music for the dance. A Victorian costume contest rounded out the festivities.   

Leadville NFH was created by Executive Order of President Benjamin Harrison in 1889 for the purpose of increasing the supply of fish for inland waters.

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Last modified: August 04, 2014
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