Historic Photos of Colorado Mining | Center for Colorado & the West at Auraria Library http://coloradowest.staging.auraria.edu/book-review/historic-photos-colorado-mining[12/8/2015 12:55:59 PM] Home Historic Photos of Colorado MiningHistoric Photos of Colorado MiningSubmitted by jainlayconley on 2-26-2010 04:53 PMAuthor: Ed Raines Publishing: Nashville, TN: Turner Publishing, 2009. 206 pages. Black and white photos, index. 10-1/4 x 10-1/4. $39.95 hardcover. Reviewer: Duane A. Smith Reviewer Affiliation: Fort Lewis College Welcome to a visual treat of Colorados mining history from the exciting days of 1859 to 1920, when minings great era ended. By then, the industry had evolved from the pioneering placer days of 1859 to the hard rock days, with miners burrowing deep into the granite. Mining had gone from individual ownership to corporation control and Coloradans found themselves in the modern industrial world of unions, strikes, absentee ownership, and lack of opportunity as small mines gradually faded away or became big operations. During this period of time, Colorado evolved from a new territory into one of the great mining districts in the world. That was not as easy to do as it might seem, looking backward from the vantage point of the twenty-first century. There was excitement, profits, and adventure in all this, but also heartbreak, death, and failure. Mining never proved the royal road to wealth for most who ventured to the silver and gold districts of Colorado. The lucky few, who became wealthy, became legendary; the rest have often been forgotten or ignored. Fortunately, the Pikes Peak rush occurred just as the camera was coming into more general use. From that point on, mining and its participants were frozen in photographic time. Mining historian and geologist Ed Raines has carefully chosen a selection of photographs that takes the reader on a sweeping story through Colorado mining history. To help the reader along, his captions provide insight and information on a variety of topics related to the industry and its people. The last chapter takes one beyond gold and silver into lead, zinc, uranium, fluorspar, and other segments of the industry. Historic Photos of Colorado Mining provides a wonderful sampling of vintage photographs supported by informative captions. In a very easy manner, the reader will discover not only history, but a new appreciation and understanding of mining and the people who labor in and about the industry. This reviewer highly recommends the book and only has one wish. That wish is that there would have been an index to help guide the researcher who might be looking for a specific mine, individual, or district. Reviewer Info: Duane Smith is a professor of history and the Southwest at Fort Lewis College. His areas of writing and EXPLORE BY MEDIABook Reviews Photographs Video Biographies New Publications Resource Guides County Newspaper HistoriesEXPLORE BY TOPICLand & Natural Resources Government & Law Agriculture Mining Commerce & Industry Transportation People & Places Communication Healthcare & Medicine Education & Libraries Cultural Communities Recreation & Entertainment Tourism ReligionEXPLORE BY CULTUREHispanic Native AmericanKatherine Lee Bates wrote the lyrics of America the Beautiful after an awe-inspiring trip to the top of Pikes Peak in 1893.
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