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Developed in l887, Sopris, CO was a thriving community until the late 1960's, when the last residents moved out of the community because of the building of the Trinidad Dam. The "People of Sopris" accomplished much, even though there were many sacrifices. They courageously survived with a forward vision from the prospecting days, World War I, The Depression, Mine Explosions and Accidents, World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, and many labor strikes. With each of these time phases, the "People of Sopris" always joined together to help each other and did what was required to support and help each other. That was their way of life. With all of the hardships and obstacles many families had, they managed to be able to provide schools, activities, sports, teaching, church services, and values for their children so that they could enjoy a better life. This resulted in many of their children attending college, becoming teachers, nurses, doctors, business men and women, mechanics, engineers, truck drivers, miners, and pilots. Family life was important for the people of Sopris.
Even though the physical town of Sopris no longer exists, the memories of Sopris are still very much alive. Former residents have kept the spirit alive with reunions held in l970, 1980, 1990, 2000, and 2005 at the Trinidad Lake, the site of their former home. The next is planned for 2010.
Recently, the Trinidad State Nursing Home, Trinidad, Colorado, renamed the "South Wing" the "Sopris Wing". This renaming also honors the "People of Sopris". These two events are quite significant given "Sopris" no longer exists, but the memories and history continue to live. Copies of the book have been donated to the, Trinidad's Carnegie Library, Trinidad State Junior College Genealogy Department, the Trinidad History Museum and Denver Public Library.