Victor: The End of the Road

By Mike Rosso Victor, Colorado, is not on the way to anywhere else. To get there requires dedicated purpose. Those arriving for the first time will discover a time capsule of a town, a place that seems left behind from the modern world, yet still occupied by a hearty citizenry, who seem to prefer living […]

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Pitkin, Colorado

County: Gunnison Founded: 1879 Elevation: 9,241ft Population: 66 (2010) By Daniel Smith Traveling the back roads in our region always holds an attraction if you love discovering and telling stories about a place and its people.

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Alma: North America’s Highest Incorporated Town

By Laura Van Dusen County: Park Founded: 1873 Elevation: 10,578 ft. Population: 270 (2010) At just over two miles high, Alma is the highest incorporated town in North America. It was a gold mecca in 1859, later silver boomed, and, more recently, prospecting around Alma has focused on spectacular rhodochrosite crystals found at the Sweet […]

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Jack Haverly’s Towns for Suckers

By Jan MacKell Collins “Jack Haverly, Jack Haverly I wonder where you are. Are your fortunes cast with Sirius, or ‘neath some kindlier star?” – “Memories of Jack Haverly” by Eugene Field, the New York Times circa 1901 We all know certain people in our lives who never seem to hold onto their money, no matter […]

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Walking in Ben’s Footsteps – Leadville’s Guggenheim Home

By Carolyn Coleman White For nearly 30 years, the decaying building at 134 West 6th Street in Leadville, Colorado was a party place, its windows kicked out and graffiti sprayed on the walls. Neighborhood teens used to gather there, leaving beer cans, cigarette butts and other paraphernalia scattered on the once-glossy hardwood floors. During the […]

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Book Review – The Trail of Gold and Silver: Mining in Colorado

The Trail of Gold and Silver: Mining in Colorado, 1859-2009 By Duane A. Smith Published in 2009 by University Press of Colorado ISBN 978-0-87081-975-5 $26.95; vii+282 pages Reviewed by Virginia McConnell Simmons After chronicling nearly every facet of gold and silver mining in Colorado, from the Caribou camp to Horace Tabor and Baby Doe, Duane […]

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George Wade Foott – Art, Artifacts … and Whitewater

Ever since we took over the reins of this magazine last March we’d been hoping to do a profile on George Foott. His wonderfully realistic historic paintings and his legendary boating skills — skills he was still developing well into his late 60s — were an inspiration to many in a variety of intersecting circles […]

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Book Review – Historic Photos of Colorado Mining

Text and Captions by Ed Rains 2009 – Turner Publishing Company ISBN:978-1-59652-535-1 Reviewed by Mike Rosso Having spent several years as a photo restorist in Durango, working with museums in Durango, Cortez, Dolores and Silverton, I was eager to obtain a copy of Historic Photos of Colorado Mining when it was offered for review.

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San Juan Legacy – Life in the Mining Camps

by Duane A. Smith photographs by John L. Ninnemann Published in 2009 by University of New Mexico Press ISBN 978-0-8263-4650-6 Reviewed by Ed Quillen The Sawatch Range is the highest in the Rockies, the Sangre de Cristo Range is the longest, and the Mosquito Range is the richest in overall Colorado mineral production. But it […]

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From Redstone to Ludlow: John Cleveland Osgood’s Struggle against the United Mine Workers of America

By F. Darrell Munsell Published in 2008 by University Press of Colorado ISBN: 978-0-87081-934-6 Reviewed by Virginia McConnell Simmons With its inclusion of Ludlow, the scene of southern Colorado’s most deadly labor fight, From Redstone to Ludlow will hardly be mistaken for a tourist’s guide to Pitkin County’s tiny village of Redstone on the Crystal […]

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Court overturns ban on heap-leach gold mining

Brief by Allen Best Mining – February 2009 – Colorado Central Magazine The Colorado Supreme Court this week said that Summit County — and other Colorado counties — cannot ban the method called heap-leach that uses cyanide and acids to remove gold from crushed ore. Gunnison, Gilpin, Conejos, and Costilla counties had also adopted similar […]

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Like renewable energy? Then you’d better like mining

Brief by Allen Best Mining – December 2008 – Colorado Central Magazine Do you support renewable energy? Energy independence? If so, then you’d better support domestic miners, says Jim Burnell, of the Colorado Geological Survey. Burnell recently spoke in Ouray, a one-time mining town on the edge of the rich mining districts of the San […]

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