January 2019 Update

The 2018-19 ski season got off to a great - and early - start, and we've already made a couple tours up to the NoLo site and exploring the terrain of London Butte. 

November 25 Tour to NoLo:

Lunch in the Office

December 21 Tour up London Butte:

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

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.

April 2018 Update

On April 1, we submitted an application to History Colorado for a grant of $35,000 to begin preservation of the North London Office. The required 25% cash-match has already been pledged by the Gates Family Foundation

These funds would represent a major step towards the adaptive re-purposing of this historic building.

We are now actively seeking volunteers to help us during summer work days. If you're interested in pitching in, please contact us at

February 2018 Update

In October, 2017, we submitted an application for funding to History Colorado for $180,000 for Phase 1 of the rehabilitation of the North London Office.

On February 1, 2018, we were notified by History Colorado that funding was not approved.

We consider this a temporary setback. Two of the reviewers of our application recommended funding, while the other two did not. All of the reviewers were encouraging and gave excellent feedback and suggestions to improve our application. None of the reviewers appear to have been aware that we have secured $60,000 in matching funds from the Gates Family Foundation. 

We will re-apply to History Colorado in April for a smaller grant of $35,000. The time-frame for approval of this amount is shorter - if approved, funds would be released this summer. That would give us time to get started on work on the roof, foundation, and clean-up of the site.

Our $15,000 grant for an Historic Structure Assessment for the NoLo Mill was approved History Colorado. That work will begin as soon as weather and conditions permit.

We remain optimistic about our chances for success, and we are grateful to all of our supporters. 

December 2017 Update

We are delighted to report that NoLo has received a $15,000 grant from History Colorado (the State Historic Fund) to conduct an Historic Structure Assessment of the North London Mill!

The HSA, to be led by the architectural firm Form+Works Design Group, will commence in the summer of 2018. The historic North London Mill will be studied by architects and structural engineers in order to determine the best way forward for preservation, as well as possible strategies for repurposing the structure.

This represents the first major grant that NoLo has received from the State Historic Fund.