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Now a world-famous ski resort, Aspen, Colorado began its life as a booming silver-mining town. In its heyday, Aspen rivaled the camps of Virginia City in Nevada's Comstock Lode, and Leadville in Colorado, as the richest silver-mining center in America.
Rohrbough tells the story of Aspen from its founding in 1879 to the collapse of the silver market in 1893. He focuses on the dynamic entrepreneurs such as Jerome B. Wheeler, David M. Hyman, and Henry B. Gillespie who made the town and profited from it, the vicious court battles that resulted from mining disputes, and the general atmosphere of the booming mining community. In July 1893 the price of silver dropped sharply and within a week all the mines in Aspen closed. By 1930, Aspen was virtually a ghost town with a population of 705, until a new generation of entrepreneurs discovered another natural resource there--snow.
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Malcolm J. Rohrbough is Professor of History at the University of Iowa and author of The Land-Office Business and The Trans-Appalachian Frontier.
"[A] fascinating study in the microcosm of the birth, development, and decline of the western mining frontier. [Rohrbough] admirably places the changes within the context of half a century of continuous mining excitement that stretched from Sutter's Mill in California in 1848 to the Klondike in 1898."
"This is a history meticulously researched and excitingly told."
— Walter Nugent, author of Into the West: The Story of Its People
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Book Description Oxford Univ Press, New York, NY, 1986. Soft Cover. Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: None as Issued. First Edition, First Printing. BRAND NEW & Collectible. First Edition, First Printing. Economic and political history of early Aspen, Colorado when it was the richest silver-mining center in America. Study of the full cycle of a boomtown from its founding in 1879 to the overnight collapse of the silver market in 1893 . the mining work force drops from 2,250 men to 150 with the price of silver falling to sixty cents an ounce, banks close, and the hungry and homeless roamed the streets. By 1930 the town's population was 705. Now a boomtown again, this time selling snow. Seller Inventory # 007188
Book Description Oxford University Press, USA, 1988. Paperback. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0195054288
Book Description Oxford University Press, 1988. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0195054288