Around Nederland

Around Nederland

by Kay Turnbaugh
Around Nederland

Around Nederland

by Kay Turnbaugh


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Nederland survived three boom-and-bust cycles involving three different minerals. During the silver boom, U.S. president Ulysses S. Grant visited Central City in 1873 and walked on silver bricks that had been mined in Caribou and milled in Nederland. The second boom followed the discovery of gold in Eldora in 1897 and lasted only a few years. The third boom was sparked by the discovery of tungsten by Sam Conger, the same man who made the original discovery of silver in Caribou. The Conger mine eventually became the greatest tungsten mine in the world. During World War I, Nederland's population swelled to 3,000—twice the size it is today—and another 2,000 were estimated to live nearby. In each boom, men came to mine, open stores, and transport goods and ore. They brought families with them, and many towns sprang up, including Caribou, Eldora, Lakewood, Tungsten, and Rollinsville. Some of these communities have survived, while others remain only in memories and photographs.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780738581491
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing SC
Publication date: 04/04/2011
Series: Images of America Series
Pages: 128
Sales rank: 1,068,517
Product dimensions: 6.34(w) x 9.14(h) x 0.28(d)

About the Author

Inside these pages are previously unpublished photographs from the Nederland Area Historical Society and from the descendants of the area's first inhabitants. Author Kay Turnbaugh also wrote The Last of the Wild West Cowgirls, a biography of Goldie Griffith, one of Nederland's more notorious former residents.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 6

Introduction 7

1 Nederland 9

2 Caribou 51

3 Eldora 63

4 Tungsten 101

5 Around Nederland 105

Bibliography 126

Index 127

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