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Photos of the Bi-Metallic mill just outside of Philipsburg, Montana, in 1890 and what remains in 2006.
Colorado Springs was founded in August 1871 by General William Palmer, with the intention of creating a high quality resort community, and was soon nicknamed "Little London" because of the many English tourists who came. Nearby Pikes Peak and the Garden of the Gods made the city's location a natural choice.
This postcard scan of Ray, Arizona was sent to us by a user for identification.
Yellowcake Towns: Uranium Mining Communities in the American West provides the first detailed analysis of the four mining and milling communities at the center of the twentieth-century unranium booms: Moab, Utah; Grants, New Mexico; Uravan, Colorado; and Jeffrey City, Wyoming.
Thomas Walsh was an Irish Immigrant that had a string of successful business ventures in the American West, culminating in the discovery and operation of the fabulously wealthy Camp Bird mine in the mountains above Ouray, Colorado. The great wealth acquired during and after the sale of the Camp Bird propelled Walsh into the upper echelons of American Society.
Riches to Rust can be thought of as both a historical overview of the development of mining in the West, and a lightweight technical manual for the budding mining historian or industrial archaeologist
David Lavender's classic novel of the rich silver strikes between Ouray (Argent) and Silverton (Baker), Colorado is back in print. Based on actual historical events and places (but with a few liberties taken) his fast-moving book details how hero Johnny Ogden builds what is now the Million Dollar Highway to connect Argent with the booming Red Mountain Mining District.