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Anderson, M. M. / THE MINING CAMPS - SALINA AND SUMMERVILLE, BOULDER COUNTY, COLORADO, Boulder, 2005, cl, 442 pages, - 1 -, $ 50

Bradley, C. A. and Smith. D. A. /  THE ONCE AND FUTURE, SILVER QUEEN OF THE ROCKIES, GEORGETOWN, COLORADO, AND THE FIGHT FOR SURVIVAL INTO THE TWENTIETH CENTURY, Louisville, 2019, pb, - 1 -, $ 32

Brown, R. L. /  CENTRAL CITY AND GILPIN, Caldwell, 1994, pb, 217 pages, - 1 -, $ 9

Buys, C. J. /  A QUICK HISTORY OF LEADVILLE, Montrose, 2004, pb, 98 pages, - 1 -, $ 15

Buys, C. J. /  HISTORIC LEADVILLE, RARE PHOTOGRAPHS AND DRAWINGS, Ouray, 1997, cl, 244 pages, - 1 -, $ 40

Griswold, D. L. and Griswold, J. H. / HISTORY OF LEADVILLE AND LAKE COUNTY (COLORADO): FROM MOUNTAIN SOLITUDE TO METROPOLIS, 1996, cl, 1st Edition, Boulder, 2 volumes in fine slipcase, 2374 pages total, - 1 -, $ 100 

Buys, C. J. /  A BRIEF HISTORY OF TELLLURIDE, Lake City, 2001, 98 pages, - 1 -, $ 12
  
Buys, C. J. / HISTORIC TELLURIDE IN RARE PHOTOGRAPHS, Ouray, 1999, cl, 307 pages, - 1 -, $ 50

Buys, C. J. / HISTORIC ASPEN (COLORADO) IN RARE PHOTOGRAPHS, Ouray, 2001, cl, 288 pages, - 1 -, $ 50 [This book is a must for any interested in Aspen. This book chronicles the boom and bust of Aspen and the region around it]

Rohrbough, M. J. /  ASPEN: THE STORY OF A SILVER MINING TOWN, 1879 - 1893, New York, 1986, pb, 263 pages, - 1 - $ 26

Huston, R. C. / A SILVER CAMP CALLED CREEDE: A CENTURY OF MINING, Montrose, 2005, cl, 549 pages, - 1 -, $ 37

Pettum, S. / BOULDER: EVOLUTION OF A CITY, Boulder, 1994, 1st Edition, cl, 216 pages, - 1 -, $ 35

Smith, P. D. / THE STORY OF LAKE CITY, COLORADO, AND ITS SURROUNDING AREAS, Lake City, 2016, pb, 422 pages, - 1 -, $ 27


Counties

Bowland, R. T., et.al. / A HISTORY OF CLEAR CREEK COUNTY (COLORADO): TAILINGS, TRACKS AND TOMMYKNOCKERS, and the families who shaped Colorado’s Premier Mining District, 2nd Edition, Idaho Springs, 2004, pb, 451 pages plus a 48 page index compiled by D. Wahlberg, - 1 -, $ 65 [Sections of the book include: Clear Creek County, Communities, Ghost Towns, Mining, Logging, Public Service Company of Colorado, Ranchers, Transportation, Recreation, School History, Churches, Societies and Lodges, and Family Histories]

Burgess, N. And Despain, K. on behalf of the Yavapai County Arizona Centennial Committee,
AROUND YAVAPAI COUNTY, ARIZONA, Charleston, 2011, pb, 127 pages, - 1 -, $ 21;  [On February 23, 1863, Pres. Abraham Lincoln signed the bill creating the Territory of Arizona. The first Arizona Territorial Legislature established the capital at Prescott and met in September 1864. They divided the territory into four counties: Mohave, Pima, Yavapai, and Yuma. Yavapai County, the "mother county," consisted of approximately 65,000 square miles and was believed to be the largest county in the United States. By the time Arizona attained statehood on February 14, 1912, there were 14 counties, and Yavapai County had been reduced in size to 8,125 square miles. Yavapai County has a rich history in mining, ranching, farming, military, and business. Today, Yavapai County is a thriving, growing county with nine incorporated cities and towns and numerous unincorporated communities, such as Ash Fork, Black Canyon City, Cornville, Mayer, and Skull Valley. Historic sites include Sharlot Hall Museum in Prescott, the town of Jerome, Fort Verde, Montezuma's Castle and Well, and Tuzigoot]

Deen, R. L. /
OWYHEE COUNTY, IDAHO, Charlestown, 2015, pb, 127 pages, - 1 -, $ 21 [The sprawling high desert wilderness of southwestern Idaho was virtually unknown to whites in 1863, when Mike Jordan and a band of placer miners dipped their pans into the creek that bears his name and found gold. The electrifying news spread, and the people came. Towns sprang up overnight on the mountaintops. Some disappeared almost as quickly as they had appeared. "Men needed to work the mines!" cried Idaho's newspapers. The word went out, and the miners came from Nevada, California, Colorado, and across the West. Soon the great mines of War Eagle Mountain rivaled Nevada's fabled Comstock Lode. With the exception of Silver City, one of America's largest intact ghost towns, the boomtowns, as well as the mines, are gone; however, descendants of the miners remain. Owyhee County is the size of Delaware and Connecticut combined—7,679 square miles—with a population of only 11,500. It is a rarely visited land of few roads and fewer people, sagebrush desert, deep basalt canyons, romantic vistas, and mysterious mountains that still hide their gold and silver]

Gilliland, M. E. /
SUMMIT: A GOLD RUSH HISTORY OF SUMMIT COUNTY, COLORADO, cl, Revised Edition, Silverthorne, 2006, 336 pages, - 1 -, $ 30

Lindsay, S. M. and Jefferson County Museum / JEFFERSON COUNTY, MONTANA, Charleston, 2009, pb, 127 pages, - 1 -, $ 21 [Jefferson County was created in 1865 when the legislature of the newly formed Montana Territory met for the first time. Its residents played a significant role in the development of economic stability, educational opportunities, and solid communities in southwestern Montana. Through the efforts of Jefferson County pioneers, ranching, railroading, and mining became a secure way of life. The early towns of Whitehall and Boulder provided lodging for travelers along the Virginia City to Fort Benton stage routes, and Whitehall later became a center for railroad commerce when the Northern Pacific established a base there. In 1883, Boulder became the seat of local government, while the surrounding area provided a viable agricultural economy. Fertile ores of gold and silver yielded riches in the small communities of Elkhorn, Basin, Comet, and Clancy. The hardworking residents of Jefferson County enhanced the history of Montana through their efforts in the mining, ranching, and railroad industries]

Mather, S. F., Ph.D. and the Summit Historical Society /
SUMMIT COUNTY, Charleston, 2008, 127 pages, - 1 -, $ 21  [in 1859, a group of men from Denver crossed the Continental Divide with the hope of finding gold in the Blue River Valley. Their initial success changed the landscape as towns blossomed across the countryside, and ranches, which provided much needed food, were established along the lower part of the valley. The arrival of the railroads in 1882 facilitated the movement of people and goods in and out of the area. The railroads also made mining operations much more profitable and diminished the isolation of the county's residents. Women and children began arriving in greater numbers in the 1880s, bringing with them the refinements of the Victorian era. The influx of families spurred the establishment of churches, libraries, social clubs, and hospitals and, at the same time, discouraged gambling, drinking, and prostitution]


Pima County and the Arizona Historical Society /
PIMA COUNTY, ARIZONA, Charleston, 2012, pb, 127 pages, - 1 -, $ 21 [In the southwestern United States, Pima County encompasses a mosaic of cultures and history. Living together in this region are Native American tribes with roots going back to prehistoric times, descendants of Spanish settlers who colonized the valley in the late 1600s, Mexican families who settled the area before the 1854 Gadsden Purchase, and current generations of late-19th-century American pioneers who ventured into the borderland of the Arizona Territory seeking new beginnings. Signs of a rich cultural heritage are everywhere. The Tohono O'odham and Yaqui peoples are a vital part of the community. Preserved missions, presidio fortresses, and ranches are evidence of the legacy of Spanish exploration, mission building, and colonization that began in the late 1600s. Streets in Tucson, lined with Sonoran-style adobe houses, recall when this region was part of Mexico. Ghost towns, old mines, military forts, and Territorial-era ranch houses are visible reminders of a series of gold and silver rushes, the settling of the West, and the rise of a cattle industry]

Zimmer, S. and Lamm, G. / COLFAX COUNTY, NEW MEXICO, Charleston, 2015, pb, 127 pages, - 1 -, $ 21 [In 1841, Carlos Beaubien and Guadalupe Miranda received a grant of land from the governor of New Mexico in the northeastern part of the Mexican province. Frontier conditions prevented colonization of the grant until 1848, when Beaubien's son-in-law Lucien Maxwell led settlers from Taos to the Rayado River where it crossed the Santa Fe Trail. Maxwell's friend Kit Carson joined him the following year, and their ranch prospered in spite of frequent attacks by Jicarilla Apaches. Later, Maxwell moved north to the Cimarron River. Gold was discovered on the western part of the grant in 1866, and miners rushed to the diggings, establishing the town of Elizabethtown. It became the first seat of Colfax County in 1869. Maxwell sold the grant to foreign investors who organized the Maxwell Land Grant and Railway Company in 1870 and founded the town of Cimarron. The Santa Fe Railroad entered the county in 1879, which precipitated the creation of the towns of Raton and Springer and also fostered large-scale ranching, mining, and lumbering]


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