Colorado Mining History in Images
W. G. Chamberlain #240. Prospectors tent on Hoosier Pass South Park and Mt. Lincoln series. In the shadow of Mt. Lincoln slumber Mt. Bross, and like its mighty neighbor. Seamed with the richest ores indeed the whole rim of the park is lined in mineral belts of great richness.
Prospectors camp Alexander Martin #2903
No. 53 J. Collier Boulder series near the falls. "The granite walls of the canyon in this vicinity are stranglely seamed and ribbed by irregular crystalization, presenting many grotesque figures." Colliers own camp.
Manitou and vicinity No 90. J. Thurlow photographer. Camping in Colorado
Hot Sulpher Springs outpost in the background, Fly fisherman in the foreground.
Prospector's at Hot Sulpher Springs Drinking the hot mineral water from a teapot.
Miners at Sneffles
T.C. Miller Alma Colorado. - The photographer captured this image in the development of the settlement of Montgomery. Under harsh winter conditions in an extremely remote location for the time the image was created.
J. Collier #12 Montezuma , located in 1865 situated on the Snake River, about six miles down and west from the summit of the great divide backbone of the continent. The foreground gives the only hotel of the place primitive, but comfortable. in the distant background is the Teller Mountain named from H. M. Teller, of Central City, rears its lofty head. Many rich silver mines have been found upon it. The picture is looking up stream.
Kilburn #5507 A group of burros packed to the teeth with mine supplies. Note the large flag pole in the background. Main street Ouray, Colorado
Charles Weitfle. No. 24 Mining town in the mountains Black Hawk Colorado C. 1878 - Throughout the length and breadth of the Rocky Mountains it is not an uncommon sight to see a little mining town such as this one. Many of these mining camps are less substantial than the one shown here.
Charles Weitfle #10.5 Prof. Hills Works Boston and Colorado Gold and Silver Smelting Company, in Black Hawk. The city of Black Hawk is in point of wealth and industry, one of the greatest in the state. It is covered with mines, stamp mills, and here also are located the Boston and Colorado Smelting Works. Employing nearly 300 men. This city is surrounded by some of the grandest scenery in the world. The Colorado Central Railroad passes through, over and around the city on its way to Central City from Denver, 39 miles distant. Altitude, 8,800 feet.
W. G. Chamberlain Georgetown and Vicinity. Georgetown, is the capital of Clear Creek County, and center of the chief silver region of Colorado. It is situated on South Clear Creek 9 miles from the snowy range, At an altitude of 8412 feet. The location is peculiar, being almost surrounded by lofty mountains rising abruptly 1500 feet. In the vicinity, are many attractions for tourist and seekers of pleasure; the Gorge and "devils Gate" half a mile distant. Green Lake, 3 miles, Burleigh tunnel, Terrible mine, Brownville, Silver Plume & Empire, 3 to 4 miles, Argentine Pass 9, Grey's Peak 12 Miles. Visitors to this peak will find good accommodations at Kelso Cabin, 3 miles from the summit. Distance from Denver to Georgetown via Colorado Central Railroad, 48 miles.
Cripple Creek after the fire.
Manitou and vicinity No 57. J. Thurlow photographer. Residence of General J. Palmer - Glen Eyrie
The first US Denver Mint, Circa 1860s. The Clark, Gruber and Co. building was expanded and distinguished by a new tower. In its days as a private mint, inside this building were produced many coins.
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