Trail of Gold and Silver: Mining in Colorado, 1859-2009

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In The Trail of Gold and Silver, historian Duane A. Smith details Colorado's mining saga - a story that stretches from the beginning of the gold and silver mining rush in the mid-nineteenth century into the twenty-first century. Gold and silver mining laid the foundation for Colorado's economy, and 1859 marked the beginning of a fever for these precious metals. Mining changed the state and its people forever, affecting settlement, territorial status, statehood, publicity, development, investment, economy, jobs ...

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Overview

In The Trail of Gold and Silver, historian Duane A. Smith details Colorado's mining saga - a story that stretches from the beginning of the gold and silver mining rush in the mid-nineteenth century into the twenty-first century. Gold and silver mining laid the foundation for Colorado's economy, and 1859 marked the beginning of a fever for these precious metals. Mining changed the state and its people forever, affecting settlement, territorial status, statehood, publicity, development, investment, economy, jobs both in and outside the industry, transportation, tourism, advances in mining and smelting technology, and urbanization. Moreover, the first generation of Colorado mining brought a fascinating collection of people and a new era to the region.

Written in a lively manner by one of Colorado's preeminent historians, this book honors the 2009 sesquicentennial of Colorado's gold rush. Smith's narrative will appeal to anybody with an interest in the state's fascinating mining history over the past 150 years.

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Editorial Reviews

The Durango Herald
Smith's chronicle of those who somehow tamed the land 150 years ago under primitive conditions tells a story that's nothing short of miraculous.
The Denver Post
[A] superb overview of hard-rock mining, a survey that ponders past failures as well as successes. From bonanzas such as Cripple Creek to Summitville's environmental disaster, Colorado mining has had ups and downs as high as Mount Elbert and as deep as the Royal Gorge.
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"The Trail of Gold and Silver is a superb overview of hard rock mining, a survey which ponders past failures as well as successes. From bonanzas such as Cripple Creek to Summitville's environmental disaster, Colorado Mining has had ups and downs as

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781607320753
  • Publisher: University Press of Colorado
  • Publication date: 9/15/2010
  • Series: Timberline Bks.
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 516,145
  • Product dimensions: 6.44 (w) x 11.08 (h) x 0.78 (d)

Meet the Author

Duane A. Smith is a professor of history at Fort Lewis College in Durango, and is the author or coauthor of more than fifty books on Colorado and the West. He also serves as chair of the Durango Parks and Forestry Board and on the Anima School House Museum Board.

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Table of Contents

Foreword Tom Noel ix

Prologue 1

1 Pike's Peak or Bust 11

2 1859: The Year Dreams Became Reality 29

3 1860-1864: "To Everything There Is a Season" 47

4 1864-1869: "Good Times a-Comin"-Someday 63

5 1870-1874: Bonanza! "Three Cheers and a Tiger" 79

6 1875-1880: "All Roads Lead to Leadville" 95

7 The Silver Eighties: The Best of Times, the Worst of Times 113

8 "There'll Be a Hot Time" 129

9 "The Everlasting Love of the Game" 151

Photographic Essay: Nineteenth-Century Colorado Mining 173

10 1900-1929: Looking Forward into Yesterday 187

11 Mucking through Depression, War, and New Ideas 209

12 Mining on the Docket of Public Opinion: The Environmental Age 227

Photographic Essay: Colorado Mining in the Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuries 245

Epilogue: A Tale Well Told 257

Notes 263

Bibliographical Essay 273

Index 277

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