In The Trail of Gold and Silver, historian Duane A.
Smith details Colorado's mining saga - a story
that stretches from the beginning of the gold and silver mining
rush in the mid-nineteenth century into the twenty-first century.
Gold and silver mining laid the foundation for
Colorado's economy, and 1859 marked the beginning
of a fever for these precious metals. Mining changed the state and
its people forever, affecting settlement, territorial status,
statehood, publicity, development, investment, economy, jobs both
in and outside the industry, transportation, tourism, advances in
mining and smelting technology, and urbanization. Moreover, the
first generation of Colorado mining brought a fascinating
collection of people and a new era to the region.
Written in a lively manner by one of
Colorado's preeminent historians, this book
honors the 2009 sesquicentennial of Colorado's
gold rush. Smith's narrative will appeal to
anybody with an interest in the state's
fascinating mining history over the past 150 years.
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