Gold Mining Towns could be friendly and home to a family
Park City, Utah and Victor, Colorado a mining town near Cripple Creek provided home and friends to Anna Chambers. This book brings all the warmth of yesteryear alive with her tales of growing up in a mining town.
Anna Chambers relates exciting tales about a fire that destroyed a section of town and left her house smoking but unburned. Other tales are sad, like the desperate father of a 10-month old girl whose mother has died asking her parents to take the girl. You read about social parties, courting and falling in love.
This book provides a snapshot of life hundred years ago when $4.00 a day was top wage in the mines. It is full of details, things like growing vegetables and storing food. Anna tells tenderly of meeting her husband, his courtship of her, and then their life together. You hear about their joy when she finds herself expecting her first child and the sad news in the mine were too much for her husband's lungs.
More freedom and joy then we can imagine!
An excerpt . . .
There were several streets between our home and Main Street. The first was "Chinatown" where our Chinese population lived. All of us children would stand on the bridge which ran over this street to the next one above. We were amazed at seeing them smoking their long opium pipes and doing laundry or other tasks. We were amazed because their lives seem somehow different from ours.
Sometimes they would motion for us to move on, and you better believe we did as we did not want them to get angry with us. One old man, we called him John, used to peddle his wares in a couple of baskets fastened to a long rod which he carried over his shoulders.