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.