Palmer Lake Historical Society
Serving the Tri-Lakes/Palmer Divide Since 1956
P.O. Box 662, Palmer Lake, CO 80133


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Palmer Lake, Its People & History

The interesting people and historical events of Palmer Lake are presented here. We believe that history of a town can not be complete without knowing of and understanding the people and events that shaped Palmer Lake over the years. New content will be added over time.

"As Rare As Fairies" - Lucretia Vaile
Countess Katrina Murat

Countess Katrina MuratThe most famous pioneer woman of Colorado was sixty-three years old when she retired to Palmer Lake in the spring of 1887 and built a cottage below Sundance Mountain in which she spent the remainder of her life. She died there on March 13, 1910. Life had taken her far away from her ancestral vineyards in Germany where she had passed her carefree girlhood, but the spirit of generosity and independence for which she was noted, and her love of the western wilderness, never left her. She is remembered as the Betsy Ross of Colorado.

Read the story of the Countess.

Star Light, Star Bright
The story of the Star of Palmer Lake

Palmer Lake StarThe Star of Palmer Lake was built in the middle of the Great Depression, a time of hardship and severe unemployment throughout the country. Palmer Lake only had about 210 full time residents in 1935. Despite the times, one man had a dream. He convinced Bert Sloan and other residents to build a star, a giant shining star on Sundance Mountain.

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