Sopris, Colorado was vacated nearly 50 years ago. By 1971 the town, an early settlement and later an important mining town, had been dismantled and the residents forced to leave homes and businesses when the dam and body of water that is now Trinidad Lake State Park was constructed.  

Although many years have passed, the families who lived there are committed to keeping memories of their hometown alive.

At its annual Fall Dinner, the Trinidad Historical Society will host an entertaining slide show and program, Remembering Sopris, which will be presented by former residents and members of the Sopris Reunion Committee, Trish Martorano Gagnon, LoRetta Archuletta and Judy Martorano Mangino.   

Two additional projects honoring Sopris are set for July 3-4 of 2020. A gathering at the state park will mark the 50th anniversary of the first reunion of former residents. Also, a memorial book is being compiled which will feature the last residents who lived in Sopris. It will be published and available by the July Anniversary.

Anyone who was among the last residents before Sopris was closed is invited to submit photos of their home, business or family members to be included in the book. They may email or for more information.  

Everyone is welcome to attend the Trinidad Historical Society dinner and the Remembering Sopris program that will be held Friday, October 4, at 6:30 p.m. in the Holiday Inn at 3130 Santa Fe Trail Drive. Reservations are required and the deadline is September 25. For tickets please call Judy Mangino at 719 846-4323 or Carol Schleich at 719 846-3456.   

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