Modern History


Founded in 2017 by Nanon and Dave Anderson, the idea for FREIGHT arose out of the incomparable potential of Leadville to serve as the backdrop for an authentic mountain-West experience. Nan and Dave discovered this vacant, classic freight depot and immediately knew that the barn-like structure, once renovated, would be a space unlike any other for bridging Colorado’s old world with its new. The freight depot is the perfect place for visitors to experience the town’s magic while comfortably enjoying a space from its past.

Even with its quaint allure as a true mountain town, its reasonable distance to Colorado’s Front Range and its close proximity to the bustling ski industry in adjacent Summit and Eagle Counties, Leadville has remained largely undiscovered. Building on the depots legacy, the Andersons will be developing 15 cabins/lodging on the adjacent land, under the name of "The Slumber Yard." The cabins will be available for rental with the depot or as stand alone nightly rentals.

The Past

Over its more than century-long history the freight depot had served only two owners: the railroad, and since the 1920s, Smith Lumber Company. It had even been involved in a couple colorful incidents of historical intrigue involving conspiracy and murder on the railroad. Originally, the freight depot was the Front Range’s gateway to Leadville, bringing supplies to its residents and shipping out tons of silver ore from its booming mines.  During the second half of the 20th Century, Smith Lumber used the building to store lumber that arrived by train until 1967, when the railroad closed and by truck until Smith’s closure in 2014.  

What we've done:

  • Installation of steel in the structure to keep it from falling over! The historic trusses were no longer structural. When a structural engineer stepped on site his words were, "How the hell is this thing still standing?"

  • Salvaging of over 1 linear mile of materials from deconstruction.

  • Preservation of east wall and historic scrafitti (graffiti etched into material instead of drawn).

  • Discovery and resuscitation of original paint color. 

  • 4 full-time local construction jobs created.

  • Over 1,200 unpaid hours by owners (performing clean up, carpentry, designing the rehabilitation, meeting with sub contractors, etc.)

  • Local subcontractors engaged.

  • 10% of profits dedicated to the Lake County community.

 

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