Smith Lumber Legacy

Started in 1896 as Smith’s Camp, the business was incorporated as S.L. Smith Lumber in 1900 and spanned four generations of local ownership. It’s Leadville’s oldest continually owned family business. Shadrack Lionel Smith was the first owner and visionary leader. The business then went to Charles, Wilbur, and Dick. They used the depot primarily for storing lumber. Smith Lumber spent 115 years in business and many of us remember getting the tools to build our own houses from the lumber yard. 

Link to Herald Democrat article on Smith Lumber

Founder of Smith Lumber, Shadrack Lionel Smith (front and center), circa 1900

Founder of Smith Lumber, Shadrack Lionel Smith (front and center), circa 1900

A trusted pick up truck, in service for most of the S.L. Smith Lumber era

A trusted pick up truck, in service for most of the S.L. Smith Lumber era

An ad in the Herald Democrat placed Jan 3, 1900 by S.L. Smith Lumber

An ad in the Herald Democrat placed Jan 3, 1900 by S.L. Smith Lumber