Silverton and the Alpine Loop

  • Overview
  • Details
  • Author
  • More About This Book
As the ancestral hunting grounds of mountain people known as the Utes, the future site of Silverton was explored by nomadic hunters for generations. During the 1860s, Charles Baker, an early mining prospector, discovered some mineral wealth in the area and spread highly exaggerated rumors that brought in even more prospectors. Significant wealth was found in Arrastra Gulch along the Alpine Loop, north of Baker's Park. From the beginning of its mining heritage, Silverton has gone through periods of boom to bust. In the 1950s, the area was discovered by Hollywood, increasing its appeal to tourism, and in the 1960s, the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad reinvested heavily to dedicate itself to tourist travel. Although mining continued on a limited basis up until the 1990s, Silverton's economy is now supported by those who come for its history, picturesque landscapes, fly fishing, jeeping, and hiking.
ISBN: 9781467131551
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Colorado
Series: Images of America
Images: 165
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Thanks to the lifelong passion of Silverton resident Allen Nossaman, San Juan County is probably one of the most historically well-documented counties in the state of Colorado. Author Jeff Corr uses Nossaman's texts as a historical reference, along with the extensive collection of renowned photographer William Henry Jackson, to remember the history of Silverton for all time.
More About This Book