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Pioneering in the San Juan

In 1876, George M. Darley and his brother Alexander, an ordained Presbyterian minister, ventured into the wilds of Colorado and became the first non-Catholic ministers to hold church services on the Western Slope. In the town of Lake City, one of the main gateways to the San Juan Mining Region, George and Alexander organized the Lake City Presbyterian Church. After moving to Lake City, George preached, did carpentry work, and built Southwest Colorado's first church structure. A carpenter prir to being ordained, George made the pews for his new Presbyterian church out of scaffolding used in its construction. Later he built the church manse, and his wife became the first minister's wife to live on Colorado's Western Slope.