Mines Around Silverton

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Silverton is located in the heart of the San Juan Mountains, which have been described by H.H. Bancroft as "the wildest and most inaccessible region of Colorado, if not North America." The region has a long and colorful mining history, dating back to the Spanish exploration of the area in the 18th century. For the past 250 years, men have sought gold and silver in these mountains. However, full-scale mining did not begin until the 1870s, and for more than a century, mining was the lifeblood of Silverton and the surrounding area. The San Juan Mountains have been called one of the four great mining areas of Colorado, in a state known for its mining heritage. This is not only the story of the mines but also of the men and women who worked and lived in these rugged mountains.
ISBN: 9781467132862
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Colorado
Series: Images of America
Images: 190
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Mining historians and authors Karen A. Vendl and Mark A. Vendl are retired geologists with a lifelong interest in Colorado history. The San Juan County Historical Society provided the majority of the images for this book. Duane A. Smith is a retired professor of history at Fort Lewis College and the author of numerous books on Colorado and mining history.
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