When you're a tiny town in the least-populated county in Colorado, you have to make the most of what you have. And for Lake City, that's not just spectacular scenery. It's Lake City's most notorious short-term resident, Alfred Packer, the "Colorado Cannibal" charged with eating five of his traveling companions while stranded on Slumgullion Pass in 1874. The truth of that tale -- like the correct spelling of Packer's first name -- is still a matter of some dispute. But slap Packer's glum mug on a T-shirt over the slogan "Eat Your Heart Out!," as Lake City has just done, and throw an Alferd Packer Days festival complete with skull-throwing and "mystery meat" barbecue -- and you've got a marketing campaign that tourists will eat right up. The rest is history.
When you're a tiny town in the least-populated county in Colorado, you have to make the most of what you have. And for Lake City, that's not just spectacular scenery. It's Lake City's most notorious short-term resident, Alfred Packer, the "Colorado Cannibal" charged with eating five of his traveling companions while stranded on Slumgullion Pass in 1874. The truth of that tale -- like the correct spelling of Packer's first name -- is still a matter of some dispute. But slap Packer's glum mug on a T-shirt over the slogan "Eat Your Heart Out!," as Lake City has just done, and throw an Alferd Packer Days festival complete with skull-throwing and "mystery meat" barbecue -- and you've got a marketing campaign that tourists will eat right up. The rest is history.


Best Question Called In to the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce

"What interstate highway goes from Colorado to Hawaii?"

Best Question Called In to the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce

"What interstate highway goes from Colorado to Hawaii?"


Second-Best Question Called In to the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce

"Hi, I'm calling from Houston, and we're coming to visit. Can you tell me if it is appropriate to wear capris there?"

Second-Best Question Called In to the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce

"Hi, I'm calling from Houston, and we're coming to visit. Can you tell me if it is appropriate to wear capris there?"


Third-Best Question Called In to the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce

"I was told there was a restaurant in Denver called Casa Bonita. Are they still open, and do they really have naked divers?"

Third-Best Question Called In to the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce

"I was told there was a restaurant in Denver called Casa Bonita. Are they still open, and do they really have naked divers?"

Fourth-Best Question Called In to the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce

"How many pets are you allowed to keep in Colorado? Could you also tell me how many dogs and cats are already there?"

Fourth-Best Question Called In to the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce

"How many pets are you allowed to keep in Colorado? Could you also tell me how many dogs and cats are already there?"


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