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Images of the San Juans
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Images of the San Juans

Part #: WES-IMAGESSANJUANS

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Images of the San Juans. The Ruth and Marvin Gregory photograph Collection was affectionately put together by two people whose love for the San Juan Mountains was evident. Ruth and San Juan historian P. David Smith picked their favorites from over ten thousand prints. All of the photographs are interesting and unique and most have never been published. To Marvin and Ruth, the photos all told a story. They are all made even more touching and provocative by the fact that Ruth and Marvin's story is told throughout this book. Ruth's family is now in its seventh generation in Colorado , her grandfather having been one of the very first settlers in the San Juans. Ruth or her family actually lived the life seen in many of the photographs from this book. Their friend, San Juan historian P. David Smith, with tenderness, humor and wonder, has supplied the extended captions which set the photographs in context. Here, in words and over 290 photographs, is the exciting mosaic of events and themes which record the life, landscape and times of the early San Juans.

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Historic Leadville in Rare Photographs & Drawings
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Historic Leadville in Rare Photographs & Drawings

Part #: WES-437084

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Historic Leadville in Rare Photographs & Drawings. Revisit historic Leadville through wonderful photographs and drawings covering the boom years of the 1880's and 1890's and well as the bust years that followed. Over two hundred and thirty images - many never before reproduced - have been carefully selected to illustrate the Cloud City's heydays of the early years through the declining times of the 1930's. You will wander through the mines and the saloons, the churches and the hotels, the homes and the opera houses and meet the firemen, teachers, students, athletes, sheriffs, ministers and politicians who tried to tame this bustling mining town in the rough and wild Rocky Mountains. Leadville was an important part of Colorado's expansion and development and this book is a visual treasury of Leadville history.

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High Line to Leadville
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High Line to Leadville

Part #: WES-788710

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High Line to Leadville. A mile by mile guide for the Leadville, Colorado & Southern Railroad

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I Never Knew That About Colorado
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I Never Knew That About Colorado

Part #: WES-437176

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I Never Knew That About Colorado. Did you know... Hitler had a ranch in Colorado? It snowed ducks at least once on I-70? Colorado has the original Hard Rock Cafe? Jack Dempsey fought his first professional fight in Colorado? For over five decades, Abbott Fay has been dedicated to the vibrant history of Colorado, having written four books and hundreds of articles. A retired history teacher and an adjunct professor for three Colorado colleges, he has gathered in this book little-publicized or long-forgotten fringes of history, each of which is unique to Colorado lore. Read about Mark Twain and Denver Censorship, The Man Who Wore Out His Coffin, Slavery After the Civil War, and many, many other fascinating stories. This illustrated collection of little-known facts and stories, studiously researched and reviewed, covers all of Colorado. Curious visitors to our wonderful state will enjoy adding to their knowledge about all the places they have visited!

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Crested Butte - From Coal Camp to Ski Town
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Crested Butte - From Coal Camp to Ski Town

Part #: WES-738063

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Crested Butte Book. Like many old mountain mining communities, Crested Butte began life in the feverous excitement of a Colorado gold and silver mining camp, only to see the rich discoveries quickly disappear. However, unlike so many communities that became ghost towns, Crested Butte switched to mining the huge local deposits of top-quality coal. Through both good times and bad, the coal mining was carried on until the 1950s. Then Crested Butte slid quickly into "ghost town" status, only to be revived by the ski industry in the 1960s and 1970s. Certainly the coal mining industry is an unusual partner for a Colorado ski town, but for Crested Butte, coal and skiing are inseparably intertwined. Crested Butte is the story of poor immigrants, labor strife, dirty and extremely dangerous coal mining, the D&RG Railroad, and two rich and greedy companies called the Durango Trust and Colorado Fuel and Iron. Duane Smith illustrates how such a mixture can make for an amazing tale of intrigue, joy, and sorrow. As Smith puts it: "Americans tend to make legends out of things they want to believe. We have tended to glorify gold and silver camps, while ignoring the immigrant and company-dominated coal community." Unlike many coal towns, Crested Butte is a true Cinderella story. She was not left to die unrecognized in her squalor. She has become a premier ski town and the queen of the ball.

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Riches to Rust
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Riches to Rust

Part #: WES-437602

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Book. Riches to Rust. Twitty devotes more attention to the "surface plant." See Meyerriecks' Drills and Mills (0-9714383-0-7) for fuller description of the underground works. Intended to acquaint the casual explorer with the basics includes an appendix that identifies parts and their uses but the history & depth of detail will charm the hardest hearted of hard-rock miners. Very extensive bibliography. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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A Quick History of Leadville
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A Quick History of Leadville

Part #: WES-738001

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A Quick History of Leadville. A Quick HIstory of Leadville chronicles the fascinating history of Leadville, Colorado--the boomtown of Colorado's boomtowns--from the 1860s to the present. Every page brings to life those former days: the arrival of the first prospectors, the booming mining era, the near mythical saga of the Tabors, the silver crash, the Crystal Carnival and its magnificent ice palace, the anarchy caused by miners' strikes, the rise and fall of the railroads, Camp Hale and its famous 10th Mountain Division, the Climax Mine's rise and demise, the Environmental Protection Agency's cleanup efforts, and more--much more. Christian J. Buys has been intrigued by Leadville's unique history since he first visited the picturesque mountain town.

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Crest of the Continent
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Crest of the Continent

Part #: WES-738889

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Ernest Ingersoll, famous 19th century travel writer, set out to explore Colorado in the 1880s because "it was wild and rough" and caused "exhilaration of the body and soul." In Crest of the Continent, Ingersoll brings the "Colorado experience" to life better than anyone else before or since, with words and illustrations that record for all time what it was like to live in the Wild West.

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Road to Riches The Great Railroad Race to Aspen
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Road to Riches The Great Railroad Race to Aspen

Part #: WES-437848

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Historical Fiction: From political backstabbing to multiple levels of saboteurs, Road to Riches is a narrative tale of hard-working, proud men of the Denver & Rio Grande Railroad who were involved in a race against the Colorado Midland to become the first to reach Aspen. The winner would not only acquire the market for the traveling tourist, but also the valuable freight contracts for the silver and coal found in the area. More historic than fiction, Road to Riches chronicles the actual events that helped open the West to further exploration and settlement.

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A Brief History of Telluride
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A Brief History of Telluride

Part #: WES-437831

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A Brief History of Telluride. A Brief History of Telluride concisely chronicles the boom and bust cycles of Telluride and its surrounding communities from the 1860s to the present. Every page brings to life those fascinating former days: the arrival of the first prospectors, the forced departure of the Ute Indians, the booming and bustling mining era, Butch Cassidy’s bank robbery, avalanches, miners strikes (including shootings and bombings), the rise and fall of the Rio Grande Southern Railroad, and the beginnings of the modern skiing industry. In this little book you will meet fascinating residents like Lucien Nunn, who almost single handedly saved Telluride’s mining industry with the introduction of the first commercial use of alternating-current electricity in the world. Or learn about dashing (and conceited) Bulkeley Wells who managed the Smuggler-Union Mine and also led the Colorado militia against his striking workers. Or discover more about Charles Waggoner, who was reported to play Robin Hood during the Depression, stealing from rich eastern banks to protect his local depositors. A Brief History of Telluride also contains several maps of the Telluride region, eighty-four photographs of the town and surrounding areas, and a complete index. Author Christian J. Buys has been interested in Telluride’s unique history since he first visited the picturesque mountain town in 1966, while pursuing a doctorate in psychology at the University of Colorado. Awarded Fulbright Scholarships to Egypt and Malaysia, Buys and his family have traveled extensively. Currently Dr. Buys is a professor of psychology at Mesa State College in Grand Junction, Colorado. This is his sixth book, three of which have won publishing awards.

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Blown to Bits in the Mine - A History of Mining & Explosives in the United States
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Blown to Bits in the Mine - A History of Mining & Explosives in the United States

Part #: WES-738827

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Blown to Bits in the Mine. Interspersing tales of death and survival, author Eric Twitty details the evolution and use of explosives in the United States mining industry in an interesting and easy-to-read way. Providing information that dates from North America's Industrial Revolution into the twentieth century, Blown to Bits in the Mine is as much for the casual observer of western history as it is for explosive experts.

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Mountains of Silver: LIfe in Colorado's Red Mountain Mining District
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Mountains of Silver: LIfe in Colorado's Red Mountain Mining District

Part #: WES-437367

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Mountains of Silver: LIfe in Colorado's Red Mountain Mining District

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A Quick History Of Ouray
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A Quick History Of Ouray

Part #: WES-437114

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A Quick History Of Ouray. The history of "Ouray - Gem of the Rockies" is a fascinating tale of the typical boom and bust cycles of all of Colorado's major mining towns. Silver brought the first prospectors to the beautiful valley, but gold kept Ouray from becoming a ghost town after the Silver Crash of 1893. The town rebounded due to demand for metal prices during World War I and II but it slipped into an economic depression after each war. Although tourism was always important, in the 1970s it became more vital to the economy, and the town has continued to grow and prosper since that time. The abandoned ghost towns and mining relics that litter the local hillsides can be seen by anyone traveling the jeep trails interlacing the local mountains.

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A Brief History of Silverton
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A Brief History of Silverton

Part #: WES-437954

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A Brief History of Silverton. Duane Smith, well-known Colorado historian, covers an amazing amount of history for such a "quick" history. He begins with the Spanish, then talks of the Colorado gold rush, the San Juan rush and the formation of the town. He discusses the importance of the railroad, the ties to Durango and reviews what it was like to live in this rough and tough mining town. He devotes whole chapters to baseball at 9,000 feet, the deadly influenza epidemic, and Silverton during World War II. There are several chapters describing mining life in one of the richest areas of Colorado. As Duane puts it,"Savor and learn, for the past has much to tell us."

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A Quick History of Idaho Springs
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A Quick History of Idaho Springs

Part #: WES-738087

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A Quick History of Idaho Springs. ales of the golden era of mining and tourism abound in Idaho Springs, a National Historic District cradled between the mountains in central Clear Creek County, Colorado. Gold and mineral hot springs provided the foundation for the growth of this quaint mountain town that has often been referred to as the "Buckle of Colorado's Mineral Belt." It was here, on January 7, 1859, that George Andrew Jackson, cousin of kit Carson, filled his tin cup with gold dust and instigated the "Pikes Peak Gold Rush," later to be known as the biggest of all gold rushes in American history.

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A Silver Camp Called Creede: A Century of Mining
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A Silver Camp Called Creede: A Century of Mining

Part #: WES-738865

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A Silver Camp Called Creede: A Century of Mining. A fascinating story of what many call the last and the craziest of the booming Colorado silver camps. "Creede Camp" eventually grew into one of the largest mining areas in Colorado, and attracted a cast of notorious characters who were as nasty as any in Colorado. "...It's day all day in the daytime and there is no night in Creede."

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Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge A Quick History
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Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge A Quick History

Part #: WES-459127

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Duane Smith does a wonderful job explaining the spectacular engineering feats that were necessary to conquer the rugged, isolated mountains of the San Juan country. The rich gold and silver strikes occurring around Silverton needed the cheap and reliable transportation afforded by the railroad. By July 1881, the Denver & Rio Grande Railroad had reached Durango. Its goal was Silverton and northward to the rich San Juan mines. Not only did the construction crews battle the rugged, steep mountains - they had to deal with the deep snow and constant danger of avalanches. For many years the railroad was the only way in and out of Silverton. Today it is still a lifeline for the town as it brings thousands of tourists each day during the summer to get a glimpse of Silverton's colorful history and unique natural setting.

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Otto Mears & the San Juans Book
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Otto Mears & the San Juans Book

Part #: WES-437855

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Otto Mears & San Juans. Any biographer of Otto Mears is presented with an enormous organizational task. He was involved in so many different businesses throughout his long life including trading companies, toll roads, railroads, newspapers, mines, retail stores, mills, and politics that it is difficult to know how to present his accomplishments in an understandable format. In addition, not only was his life complex, but his personality was also. He has been called eccentric, visionary, impetuous, indefatigable, sympathetic, brilliant, and inventive, while others have described him as cunning, dishonest, ambitious, greedy, power-hungry, and self-serving. Otto Mears was all that and more and to try to present a balance view of this man is a difficult endeavor. E. F. Tucker has done a good job telling the story of the enigmatic Mr. Mears. The reader begins to develop an understanding of this man -- his motives, his dreams, his accomplishments and failures, and his contributions to the settling of the great state of Colorado. Tucker helps us to finally see Otto Mears for who he simply was, neither saint nor sinner, but just an adventurous, energetic man who dreamed dreams and made many of them come true.

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More That I Never Knew About Colorado
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More That I Never Knew About Colorado

Part #: WES-437541

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More That I Never Knew About Colorado, the long awaited sequel to I Never Knew That About Colorado, continues the presentation of little known facts about Colorado that keep the reader spellbound. A big herd of bachelor bulls, Denver's pigeon man, Rattlesnake Jake, underground bread-baking, and about a hundred other forgotten places and interesting events are included. If you ever thought was dull, then glance inside this fascinating book for a surprise.

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$14.95

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Basins of Silver
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Basins of Silver

Part #: WES-738834

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The story of the Las Animas Mining District in Colorado's San Juan Mountains began with the Colorado Gold Rush of 1860, but it was silver that kept the local mines operating for over one hundred years. A well-documented study that separates fact from folklore, Eric Twitty's Basins of Silver avoids the false information and exaggerations of many current commentaries on this famous mining district. Whether interested in Colorado mining history, in-depth, or exciting tales of man against nature - this book is an interesting and fun read.

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$25.95

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