This 1896 W.H. Jackson photo of the ice palace in Leadville, Colorado, was not the center of government, but the city did finally get the nod as county seat for Lake County, in 1879.
Fading fortunes and waning populations help drive the musical march
By Rob Carrigan, firstname.lastname@example.org
"Becoming the county seat brought a town prestige and government jobs, but it was a contested honor that sometimes led to squabbles, burned courthouses, and even murder,"notes historians and map creators Thomas Noel, Paul Mahoney, and Richard Stevens, in their "Historical Atlas of Colorado."
Newcomer towns often tried, and sometimes successfully, to take the county seat from towns or small cities on the wane.
Parrott City, County Seat of La Plata County, Colo., June, 1881, from painting.