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“Got to love a nice old architecture - this case a nice old Shul”
Review of Temple Israel

Temple Israel
Ranked #10 of 38 things to do in Leadville
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: A restored, 1880s frontier synagogue in historic Leadville. The only building of its kind west of the Mississippi, it now houses a museum dedicated to the Jewish pioneers of a booming mining city. Come visit Temple Israel to learn more about a vibrant community that supported an active civic and social world whilst satisfying the city's commercial needs.
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access, Baby buggy parking
Reviewed 5 November 2013

Leadville is a sweet little town in Colorado,

Honest, Who ever heard of it ? Well I am glad we found it, love walking the streets of nice little towns in the middle of no where, Also all around are nice charming old homes.

Shul = Synagogue or Temple.

Its seems while traveling these days I have come across some really old Shuls, Love the old architecture, Seems in this case there is a Shul & a Church right across the street from each other both the same architecture, interestingly it is the architecture of a Church;

As has often happened to me, there I am outside a closed up building & out of no where someone shows up & let us in, It was the care taker a real nice local guy, Told us some history about the Shul & about the current owner of it etc,
He also told us about a really old Jewish cemetery near by also now owned & cared for by the same person;
We did a fast stop at the cemetery too,
some really old graves & one of a Jewish Cowboy, how often do you see that ?

4  Thank David Z
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Reviewed 5 September 2013

I never knew there was a large settlement of Jewish people in Leadville at one time. They were the leaders of Leadville even tho some of them made their living in ways that were are not acceptable now - but remember this was a mining town. There is only one service a year there now. The guide was very informative and there are newspaper article and historical facts all along the walls on the church. Worth going to see. There is a small charge.

2  Thank jbob222
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William K, Owner at Temple Israel, responded to this reviewResponded 30 July 2014

We are sorry that this reviewer paid an admission fee since we do not now, nor have we ever, charged a fee to visit our museum. We do have a donation box (no obligation) and perhaps this caused some confusion. We hope, at least, that the reviewer feels the money was well spent.

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Reviewed 2 September 2012

This is certainly worth a visit, but I urge you to take some time to read the extensive website first to make the most of your visit and have an idea of what you will or will not see: www.jewishleadville.org This is an interesting side trip (for adults) while in Leadville. Do not bring food, drink, or pets with you. There are 2 sites: the Temple and the cemetery. The cemetery is just a few minutes away from the temple.

4  Thank COGuest
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