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'Snowmass takes title from California town,' Aspen Times, March 7, 1985

SNOWMASS VILLAGE - "They probably could have hauled dirt up the mountain, but that's an awful lot of dirt. So the new town of Mammoth Lakes has decided to hand the distinction of the country's highest incorporated town to Snowmass Village. Being higher than Leadville meant being higher than everyone, according to Barbara Campbell, a member of the town's government.

"'We checked the encyclopedia, and it listed Leadville as the highest incorporated town,' Campbell said. 'So when we incorporated in August, we felt the title should belong to us. We checked maps and telephoned the Leadville Chamber of Commerce. We called Snowmass too.' But, now, wait just a minute here. Annexation by Snowmass Village last year brought to the town the area where the High Alpine Restaurant sits. And they don't call it High Alpine for nothing.'" It beat Mammoth Lakes by 80 feet.

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