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History and Archaeology Workshops

Learn about the history and archaeology of the North London Mill site in Alma, Colorado. Workshops will be conducted by NoLo Executive Co-Director and historian Kate McCoy and archaeologists Michelle Slaughter from Alpine Archaeological Consultants and Natasha Krasnow from Metcalf Archaeological Consultants. It is designed with the layperson in mind. Participants will learn about the history of mining in Park County and the history of the North London Mine and Mill. They will tour the site and learn about existing features and their roles during the Mill’s operation. Participants will also learn about how archaeology contributes to what we can know about sites like the North London Mill. The workshop is limited to 15 participants per session. A registration form must be completed for each participant in your group.


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Bluebird Days!

We were pleased to host Bluebird Backcountry for 4 days of backcountry education in March at Mosquito Pass! Approximately 100 participants enjoyed great snow conditions, a tour of the North London Mill Site, and truly bluebird days. Special thanks to the Colorardo Mountain School Guides and the USFS South Park Ranger District for granting a temporary permit for the event. 






Envisioning the Rehabilitation of the NoLo Mill and Office

On February 1, 2019, we received a major grant of $154k from History Colorado State Historical Fund and $48k in matching funds from the Gates Family Foundation for work this summer to complete exterior rehabilitation of the North London Office and prepare construction documents for the North London Mill. The preservation architects of form + works design group have developed the preliminary drawings below.

The North London Mill will be adapted for re-use as a partially enclosed shelter with interpretive displays and signage on the lower level. The upper level will also feature interpretive signage and house a meeting room for educational programming, office space, and living quarters for a caretaker of the site.

The North London Mill - image courtesy form + works design group


The North London Office is currently being rehabilitated as a backcountry hut available for public use, similar to those of the 10th Mountain Division and Summit Huts Associations. It will sleep 10 adults and will have running water, shower, toilet, fully-equipped kitchen, and a common dining area.
The North London Office - Image courtesy form + works design group

January 2019 Update

The 2018-19 ski season got off to a great - and early - start, and we've already made several tours, visiting the NoLo site, exploring the terrain of London Butte, and making some sweet turns. 

November 25 Tour to NoLo:





Lunch in the Office



December 21 Tour up London Butte:



January 13 Tour to NoLo:










Stabilization of the NoLo Office Complete!


With funding from History Colorado State Historical Fund and the Gates Family Foundation, NoLo has completed initial stabilization of the North London Mining Office.

Working with Form + Works Design Group, a Denver architectural firm focused on historical preservation, NoLo submitted an application for $35,000 funding to History Colorado in April of this year. With 25% matching funds pledged by the Gates Family Foundation, the grant was approved on June 1st.

A & M Renovations based in the Fort Collins area completed the stabilization work during the week of October 8. Working at 11,200’, the crew of five stripped the interior down to the studs and joists and managed to temporarily sheath the roof, notwithstanding the unusual October snowfall that brought 18-24” of snow to the high-alpine basin. The goal is to have the 1883 structure function as a backcountry hut, similar to those of the 10th Mountain and Summit Hut Associations. Rehabilitation work will continue next spring, pending approval of an additional $150,000 in funding from History Colorado.




History & Archaeology Workshop, Saturday, August 11


On Saturday, August 11, 2018, we held a History and Archaeology Workshop at the NoLo site. The Workshop was made possible thanks to generous funding from South Park National Heritage Area, and was led by NoLo VP Kate McCoy, and Michelle Slaughter and Natasha Krasnow of Metcalf Archaeological Consultants

The Workshop was attended by 35 participants who enjoyed a perfect bluebird day at 11,200'.  

June 2018 Update

North London Mill Preservation, Inc. Receives Grants from State Historical Fund and South Park National Heritage Area!

We are delighted to report that we have received a $35,000 grant from History Colorado State Historical Fund (SHF) to begin work on the preservation and rehabilitation of buildings at the North London Mill Site! These funds have been matched with $11,670 from the Gates Family Foundation of Colorado.

The money will be used to begin rehabilitation of the North London Office, which served as the base of operations for the North London Mine from 1883-1937. This is the first phase of the preservation and rehabilitation effort to repurpose the building as backcountry accommodations for the public to enjoy. Volunteer work days are planned for this summer to do clean-up at the site. Anyone interested in volunteering in this effort should send an email to nolopreservationinc@gmail.com

In addition, NoLo has secured a $15,000 grant from the SHG to conduct an historic structure assessment (HSA) of the North London Mill. The monumental structure on Mosquito Pass outside Alma is a local icon, familiar to the community and to backcountry skiers, hikers, and those who make the challenging drive over the pass in 4-wheel-drive vehicles. The assessment will be conducted by preservation architect Jessica Reske of Form + Works Design Group and structural engineers from JVA, Inc.

The HSA will provide a thorough assessment of the North London Mill, which has been abandoned since around 1937. It will help NoLo determine how much of the building can be rehabilitated and the purposes for which it may be used. The plan now is for a multi-use building with some covered, semi-outdoor spaces and some fully enclosed. Proposed uses include spaces for shelter from the elements and meeting spaces for educational programming consistent with NoLo's mission.

In conjunction with the HSA activities, Lisa Thompson and Erica Crosby of the Colorado Division of Reclamation, Mining, and Safety will visit the site to determine how their division might help with stabilization of the Mill.

A History and Archaeology Workshop will be held at the NoLo site on August 11. This workshop is open to the public and is made possible by a grant of  $8,574 from the South Park National Heritage Area and in-kind match volunteer labor. The workshop will be conducted by NoLo Vice President Kate McCoy and archaeologists from Metcalf Archaeological Consultants Michelle Slaughter and Natasha Krasnow. It will be designed with the layperson in mind. Participants will learn about the history of mining in Park County, the history of the North London Mine and Mill, and the layout of the site. They will tour the site and learn about existing features and their roles during the Mill’s operation. Participants will also learn about how archaeology contributes to what we can know about sites like the North London Mill. Further details are forthcoming.

NoLo will have a booth at the Festival in the Clouds in Alma July 20-22.