Colorado Ghost Towns and Mining Camps by Sandra Dallas

By Sandra Dallas

Prospectors lured to the West in hopes of notable wealthy settled 1000 cities within the Colorado mountains. The cry of “Gold!” or “Silver!” or a number of flecks of colour in a tin cup despatched them to distant, frequently inhospitable destinations to go looking for the valuable metals.Close at the heels of the miners have been the service provider, the gamblers, the prostitutes, the washerwomen, the capitalists, and the con males. jointly they became the mining camps into bustling cities the place saloons by no means closed and the most secure position for a guy to stroll after darkish was once down the center of the road with a gun in every one hand.Colorado Ghost cities and Mining Camps is the 1st new booklet in additional than twenty-five years to record those mountain groups. lots of the early settlers are long gone, leaving few folks with any oral culture to move directly to destiny generations. for plenty of of the 147 cities and camps indexed during this ebook, no longer a lot is still preserved past what Dallas and photographer Kendal Atchison have recorded.The ebook is lavishly illustrated with 290 pictures. as well as these through Atchison and early historic pictures, infrequent images from the Twenties and Thirties are integrated, many by no means released sooner than. a few of Atchison’s excellent pictures evoke nostalgia with perspectives of deserted constructions deteriorating amid meadow wildflowers. quickly not anything will stay however the Colorado panorama, with the everlasting mountains towering shut by.The city histories are traced from their starting in strike-it-rich pleasure and glittering growth years, throughout the declines, to the current day. a few of these hopeful cities, akin to Lulu, have been abandoned as quick as they have been settled, lasting slightly greater than a season, whereas a couple of, together with Aspen and Breckenridge, are as full of life at the present time as they have been a century in the past. yet so much of them, like Animas Forks, flourished until eventually the gold or silver performed out and have been deserted, leaving a number of lonely cabins or picturesque ruins. cities equivalent to Aspen, Crested Butte, Cripple Creek, and Breckenridge have lived directly to develop into well known ski lodges, and those areas warrant extra vignettes that upload colour and to the text.Written to notify and entertain the final reader, this ebook may be a satisfaction for armchair adventurers in addition to useful for tourists attracted to traveling the websites of those Colorado boomtowns. many of the areas aren't any longer proven on smooth highway maps, and detailed maps of the quarter were ready for this publication.

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Later, a group of Denver investors, who described the Alice as a "veritable mountain or quarry of ore," put together an offering to raise $300,000 for a 300-ton mill. In 1936 control of the Alice passed to American Smelting and Refining Company. The Alice glory hole, a hundred feet wide and fifty feet deep, lies silent above the town of Alice. Several cabins remain, including the house occupied by the schoolteacher near the well-kept white schoolhouse. Built in 1915, it operated until 1936. Mindful of the weatherAlice is located adjacent to Saint Mary's Glacierthe school administration installed a pipe across the ceiling of the school so that swings could be hung inside during the winter.

When they had passed on, the mountain streams were gone, choked by piles of stone higher than a town. Two generations later the rock piles remain, unyielding. Only a few clumps of grass and a few sturdy aspens grow on them. The rock piles are in the detritus of Breckenridge's third and longest boomdredging. The first began in 1859 when gold seekers swarmed over the Front Range to placer mine the streams of the Tenmile. They settled a dozen towns, but Breckenridge became the most important of them when its residents stole county records from Parkville and established Breckenridge as county seat.

Shaw at the University of Oklahoma Press for suggesting this book, to John N. Drayton for seeing it through, and to Joaquin S. Rogers and Jeanne Crabtree for their enthusiasm and sensitive handling of the manuscript. Colorado Ghost Towns and Mining Camps was a journey into my past, but it also was a way of passing on Colorado's heritage to my daughter, Kendal Atchison, whose exceptional photography illustrates Colorado Ghost Towns and Mining Camps. A mother-daughter book on Colorado history has to be unique, and the experience of working with Kendal was exhilarating.

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