We have formed a non-profit corporation called North London Mill Preservation, Inc. (NoLo). Our mission is to plan, finance, preserve, and manage the historic structures of the North London Mill site, rehabilitating them as backcountry accommodations.

Your contribution is tax-deductible and will help us to make this dream a reality.

August 2017 Update

We are so grateful to the 35+ individuals who helped us reach our goal of $1,000 in matching funds for a donation from our friend Niles Emerick, whose employer Apple, will also match his gift. That's $3,000! Half the cost of the archeological site survey we will conduct this month in order to determine the breadth, scope, and specifics of the North London Mill site for our application for landmark status with Park County. ParkCo has also generously donated financial resources for this survey. 

We are working closely with History Colorado as we finalize our construction grant application, due October 1, to restore the North London Office for use as a year-round backcountry hut for all to enjoy. Work could begin as early as June, 2018. 

Kate and I finally got the chance to hike to the summit, and we got a great view of Lake County. Lots of pika and marmots, and the wildflowers were spectacular. Such a magical place.



Summer 2017 Update

We have been working closely with the Park County Office of Historic Preservation to obtain landmark status for the entire North London Mill site. After reviewing our initial application, ParkCo requested that we do an 'archeological site survey' in order to determine the scope and breadth of the historic site. We are now engaged in the process of obtaining this survey, which, when complete, should facilitate our landmark recognition. 

Landmark status is essential, because it opens up funding possibilities with the State Historical Fund (History Colorado). It also qualifies us for valuable, dollar-for-dollar tax credits. The hope is to have landmark status completed in time to apply for grants in October. 

We are also close to submitting a proposal for an Historic Structure Assessment to History Colorado in order to understand the possibilities for the restoration of the North London Mill. We continue to work with the architectural firm of Form + Works Design Group, who have experience with the restoration of the Paris Mill, as well as many historic preservation projects throughout Colorado.

We're grateful to everyone who has supported this project so far! 

We'll be in Alma for the Festival in the Clouds on July 14-16, and we'll have a booth at Burro Days in Fairplay on July 29-30. We'll have hats, posters, and postcards for sale, with great door prizes from 10th Mountain Huts AssociationBreckenridge Distillery, Mountain Outfitters, South Park Brewing and more! Stop by Booth 24 and say hello!

Spring 2017 Update

On Friday, April 14, we held a fundraiser at the Alma Town Hall, where we raised over $1,000! Around 100 people attended to hear about our plans, and to check out Fritz Sperry's discussion of backcountry skiing and safety. Many thanks go out to Nancy Comer, Alma Town Administrator; to Fritz and Allison Seymour for designing the posters; to Upslope Brewing for the beer; to Wynn Miller for all his help, and to all our sponsors for supplying swag for the raffle, and to everyone who came out that night for your support.  

The skiing was great this spring - got in several tours in March and April, including 3 days with Backcountry Magazine, which included a trip up London Mountain and down the iconic 'Wave.' 

February 9, 2017 Tour

On Thursday, February 9, we took a ski-tour up to the North London Mill and to the upper terminal of the historic tramway. 

We did a thorough snowpack analysis, which, on that day, revealed an acceptable level of stability. 

Many thanks to our guide, backcountry-guru Fritz Sperry, who wrote the book on Making Turns in the Ten Mile and MosquitoRange. Check out his website makingturns.com

We are now actively fundraising for the restoration of the North London Office, which we hope to have functioning as a backcountry hut as early as the fall of 2018. We are applying for a $35,000 grant from History Colorado - but will require 25% matching funds ($8,750). Your contributions are tax-deductible. Please consider making a donation today, using our PayPal link above. A contribution at the Gold level ($125) will get you a Mosquito Pass hat! Of course, larger contributions are welcome - please contact us if you would like to become a Benefactor of North London Preservation Inc.