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  1. Basins of Silver the Story of Silverton, Colorado's Las Animas Mining District

    Basins of Silver the Story of Silverton, Colorado's Las Animas Mining District

    Basins of Silver

    The Story of Silverton, Colorado's Las Animas Mining District

    The story of the Las Animas Mining District began with the Colorado Gold Rush of 1860, but it was silver that kept the local mines operating for over one hundred years. The region laid claim to many mining firsts in Colorado and the San Juan Mountains, and served as the cradle for engineering and mining practices that revolutionized the entire mining industry. The area was the scene of the first two mineral rushes to the San Juan Mountains, which included the first hard rock mine and ore treatment mill. The first and the longest aerial tramways were built here, which helped to further the inaugural practices of mining low grade ore. One of the first and most advanced mining power grids and power plants were used in the district. These practices ultimately helped save the Colorado mining industry when the bottom fell out of the price of silver.

    One of the most profitable mines in the United States (the North Star Mine) and one of the largest and most complex (the Silver Lake Mine) were located in the district. This area impressed mining engineers, metallurgists, and investors for over a century even though it was located in some of the most rugged terrain in the West and the harshness of its climate was second only to Alaska.

    Author Eric Twitty has documented and assessed the historic mines of the Las Animas District for many years. He is an owner of Mountain States Historical in Boulder, Colorado, and has researched and analyzed the remains of thousands of mines throughout the state.

    By Eric Twitty (Author)

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  2. Colorado Ghost Stories

    Colorado Ghost Stories

    Colorado Ghost Stories

    Written by a most qualified chronicler of the paranormal genre, award winning author, Antonio R. Garcez offers withing these pages an authentic and detailed collection, taking readers on an eye-opening journey through Colorado's prairies, mountains, cities and towns. Garcez's brilliant personal insight and informative writing style will engage with extraordinary firsthand accounts of personal stories, told to the author by those select individuals who have personally encountered a ghost!

    Colorado Ghost Stories is unlike any other book of its kind. Make no mistake, this book is definitely, DEFINITELY like no other.

    By Antonio R. Garcez (Author)

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  3. Ghost Stories of the Old West

    Ghost Stories of the Old West

    Ghost Stories of the Old West

    Ghost Stories of the Old West Gamblers, gold rushes and ghost - the Old West had it all. Join Dan Asfar as he unravels the haunted histories of some of America's most infamous gunslingers, lawmen and frontiersmen, as well as the forts, prisons and saloons where the regions recklessness found its truest expression.

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  4. Ghost Stories of the Rocky Mountains

    Ghost Stories of the Rocky Mountains

    These haunting tales from the high country include mysteries surrounding many well-known buildings and landmarks, some of which might be inhabited by restless spirits to this day! Features stories from Barkerville, the Banff Springs Hotel, the Little Bighorn, Warren Air Force Base and more.

    By Barbara Smith (Author)

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  5. Ghost Stories of the Rocky Mountains Volume II

    Ghost Stories of the Rocky Mountains Volume II

    Ghost Stories of the Rocky Mountains Volume II

    The Rocky Mountains are renowned for their majestic beauty and wild history. Bud did you know the region is also notoriously haunted? In this long-awaited sequel, Barbara Smith brings her personal touch to mysterious tales on both sides of the border. Included are stories about lost gold mines, scenic haunted hotels and phantom travelers, as well as eyewitness sightings of many legendary Rockies apparitions.

    By Barbara Smith (Author)

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  6. Images of the San Juans

    Images of the San Juans

    Images of the San Juans Revised Step back in time and see how prospectors, miners, merchants, investors, and families settled the mining towns in the gold and silver-rich San Juan Mountains of southwestern Colorado. Telluride, Ouray, and Silverton are well portrayed as well as many of the smaller towns that are now just crumbling piles of stone and lumber. Featuring more than 250 rare and historical photographs from the private collection of Ruth and Marvin Gregory, this book allows readers to venture into the mines, ride the railroads, and share the catastrophes and celebrations of yesterday’s West. Including well-researched and illuminating narratives, Images of the San Juans--Revised, is the true life story of an awe-inspiring area and its inhabitants and an ever-enduring pioneer spirit. P. David Smith has also added lengthy captions explaining and pointing out the particulars of each photograph. This book will really give you an idea of the way it was over 100 years ago in the San Juans. P. David Smith is the author or co-author of eight other books on San Juan and Ute Indian history. Historical Selections from the Ruth & Marvin Gregory Photography Collection By P. David Smith Learn More
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  7. In the San Juan: Sketches

    In the San Juan: Sketches

    In the San Juan: Sketches

    Rev. J.J. Gibbons experienced the San Juan Mountains of Colorado as few men ever did. At the end of the Nineteenth Century, when avalanches ran, mines exploded, and plagues hit hard - everyone backed off except for Gibbons. It was his job to tend to the sick, give last rites to the dying, bury the dead, and bring comfort to the grieving families. So when the weather was at its worst, when it was really too dangerous to travel, when life was at its grimmest, Father Gibbons set out on foot or horseback to bring comfort to those individuals in need of a Catholic priest.

    In the San Juan tells stories of skeletons along the trailside, men blown to bits while warming dynamite on a stove, and the power of an avalanche that killed not only those in its path, but also would-be rescuers who came in later. Responsible for an enormous territory that covered 10,000 square miles of some of the most rugged terrain in the United States, Father Gibbons was a living testament that faith in God helped good men to make it through terrible times. Staying true to his convictions, the courageous priest brought the church to those who needed it - no matter how far or dangerous the trek. Father Gibbons brought peace and joy to the sick and dying, and did it with bravery that rivaled any sheriff who faced down desperados of the day. This extraordinary work provides a look at life in the silver mining heyday of the San Juan Mountains through the sensitive and perceptive eyes of a man of faith.

    By Rev. J.J. Gibbons (Author)

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  8. Lies, Legends & Lore of the San Juans (and a few true tales)

    Lies, Legends & Lore of the San Juans (and a few true tales)

    Lies, Legends & Lore of the San Juans (and a few true tales)

    Roger Henn, Ouray Colorado native, relates tales of early miners, lost gold mines, life in the tiny San Juan mountain towns, boyhood adventures, and other delightful and informative lore about past times in the San Juan Mountains of Southwestern Colorado. He also spins tall tales that have been handed down in the San Juans for generations. Now these wonderful stories have been captured in print.

    By Roger Henn (Author)

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  9. Living (and dying) in Avalanche Country

    Living (and dying) in Avalanche Country

    An outstanding look at the avalanche-prone Highway 550 between Coal Bank and Red Mountain Passes near Silverton, Colorado. Excellent photos and interviews author: John Marshall and Jerry Roberts Learn More
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  10. Mining the Hard Rock

    Mining the Hard Rock

    Mining the Hard Rock

    in the Silverton San Juans

    A sense of place

    A sense of time

    A rare collect's gem oral and pictorial Americana written of the people, for the people, and by the people of the historic Silverton San Juans in Colorado. When a man or a woman could make an honest living with their sweat, blood, and tears in the the world of hard rock mining, a calling of peculiar dignity.

    An in depth look at mining in Silverton, Colorado with excellent photos, maps, diagrams, and interviews with old timers.

    John Marshall and Zeke Zanoni (Authors)

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  11. Mountains of Silver Life in Colorado's Red Mountain Mining District

    Mountains of Silver Life in Colorado's Red Mountain Mining District

    Mountains of Silver

    Life in Colorado's Red Mountain Mining District

    A little over a century ago, the Red Mountain Mining District in the San Juan Mountains of southwestern Colorado was the scene of a "silver rush" with a resulting output of precious metals in Colorado second only to that of Leadville. In a period of less than twenty-five years, more than thirty million dollars in silver, lead, zinc, copper, and gold were taken from the rich deposits in the mines along Red Mountain Divide - an amount roughly equivalent to a quarter-billion of today's dollars.

    The histories of the communities that sprang into being with these mines, the railroads constructed to service them, and the men and women who lived, worked and died in them are the threads deftly woven into the richly textured story of Mountains of Silver. It's a colorful and varied tapestry that depicts the lives of the prospectors who made the first rich strikes; the land promoters, speculators, and road- and railroad-builders who capitalized on the frenzied rush to the area; and the motley collection of miners, lawyers, merchants, prostitutes, saloonkeepers, and freighters who attempted to profit from the boom.

    Though the Red Mountain District now lies silent and only a handful of tumbledown buildings testify to the area's former vitality, the bustle and excitement of the glory days come to life once more in the pages of this fascinating history.

    P. David Smith is the author of six other books about Colorado including Mountain Mysteries, Ouray: Chief of the Utes, Images of the San Juans, A Quick History of Ouray,The Million Dollar Highway and Exploring the San Juan Triangle. A past president of the Ouray County Historical Society, he lectures frequently on Colorado history.

    P. David Smith

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  12. Mysteries & Miracles of Colorado

    Mysteries & Miracles of Colorado

    Discover the fantastic tales of lost treasure, cursed mines and Colorado’s Great Diamond Hoax. Visit the high-country cemeteries where unexplainable ghost lights dance among the tombstones. Explore the past lives of Bridey Murphy, the 19th century Irish girl reincarnated as a Colorado housewife. Decipher the ancient message on the unearthed Granby Idol. Trace the footsteps of the infamous cannibal, Alferd Packer. Judge the evidence —and cover-ups— in the University of Colorado’s 1966 investigation into the origin of UFOs.

    BEYOND THE FREEWAYS, AWAY FROM THE CITIES, LIES THE SURREAL COLORADO

    By Jack Kutz (Author)

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