Monday, October 10, 2011
Ute Ulay Mine
This old dam is above Lake City, to the west, along Henson Creek. It was the site of the Ute Ulay Mine.(dam broke in the 1920's). Prospectors eager to mine the ore rich hills came into the Ute Indians hunting land in 1871 before the Brunot Treaty of 1873 (which allowed them to). They thought that if they named the mine after the Ute Chief that they would be safe. Problem is, they didn't know how to spell. The Ute Chief's name was Ouray not Olay!