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The Trail of Gold and Silver


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Foreword by Tom Noel; Prologue; Pike's Peak or Bust; 1859: The Year Dreams Became Reality; 1860-1864: "To Everything There is a Season"; 1864-1869: "Good Times a-Comin" -- Someday; 1870-1874: Bonanza! "Three Cheers & a Tiger"; 1875-1880: 'All Roads Lead to Leadville"; The Silver Eighties: The Best of Times, the Worst of Times; "There'll Be a Hot Time"; "The Everlasting Love of the Game": Photographic Essay: Nineteenth-Century Colorado Mining; 1900-1929: Looking Forward into Yesterday; Mucking through Depression, War, & New Ideas; Mining on the Docket of Public Opinion: The Environmental Age; Index.

About 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.


"Our high country can be a terrifying place even with the best technology available in 2009, but 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."
- Ted Holteen, The Durango Herald"With his lively style of writing, it will appeal to general readers, while two sections of rare old photos put the human face on our mining history."
- Colorado Central Magazine
"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 high as Mount Elbert and as deep as the Royal Gorge."
- Tom Noel, The Denver Post
"This is no dry technical history meant solely for mining buffs. This book is for people interested in Colorado hitory who want to know about mining and for people interested in mining who do not know much about Colorado history."
- Jonathan Rees, New Mexico Historical Review"This book proudly celebrates Colorado's 150 years of mining."
-David A. Wolff, Western Historical Quarterly

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