Summit County

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In 1859, a group of men from Denver crossed the Continental Divide with the hope of finding gold in the Blue River Valley. Their initial success changed the landscape as towns blossomed across the countryside, and ranches, which provided much needed food, were established along the lower part of the valley. The arrival of the railroads in 1882 facilitated the movement of people and goods in and out of the area. The railroads also made mining operations much more profitable and diminished the isolation of the county's residents. Women and children began arriving in greater numbers in the 1880s, bringing with them the refinements of the Victorian era. The influx of families spurred the establishment of churches, libraries, social clubs, and hospitals and, at the same time, discouraged gambling, drinking, and prostitution.
ISBN: 9780738548463
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Colorado
Series: Images of America
Images: 200
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Author Sandra F. Mather, professor emerita at West Chester University of Pennsylvania, arrived in Summit County in 1980. Since then, she has written numerous books about the county's natural and human landscapes. The photographs in this volume are drawn from the archives of the Summit Historical Society, whose members contributed to the project, as well as from the Frisco Historical Society and the private collections of Robert L. Brown, Raymond Ritchey, and the author.
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