Historic Telluride

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Historic Telluride in Rare Photographs chronicles the boom and bust cycles of Telluride, Placerville, Ames, Ophir, and Rico in southwestern Colorado from the 1860s through the 1940s. Every page brings to life, in unique pictures and words, those early days--the arrival of the prospectors, the golden days of mining, and early-day skiing. Journey back into Telluride's history through photographs and explanatory text.

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Christian J. Buys has been intrigued by Telluride's unique history since he first visited the picturesque mountain town in 1966 while pursuing a doctorate in psychology at the University of Colorado. His first article about Telluride appeared in Colorado Heritage (1986), featuring local entrepreneur and eccentric Lucien Nunn, who catapulted the San Juans into the age of electricity. Dr. Buy's award-winning book Historic Leadville in Rare Photographs and Drawings (1997) has proven popular throughout Colorado. He has also written numerous articles in psychology, and other aspects of Colorado History.

Awarded Fullbright Scholarships to Egypt and Malaysia, Bus has traveled extensively. Currently he is professor of psychology at Mesa State College in Grand Junction, Colorado. Visits to Telluride and hikes in the surrounding mountains remain high on his priority list. INSIDE FLAP: Historic Telluride in Rare Photographs is the first full-length book featuring original photographs of historic Telluride and its exquisite mountain surroundings. It allows readers to journey back in time through both written overviews and intriguing images of daily life in early Telluride. It chronicles the boom and bust cycles of Telluride, Placerville, Ames, Ophir and Rico from the 1860s through the 1940s. Every page brings to life those former days: the arrival of the first prospectors, the tragic departure of the Utes, the booming mining era, bawdy saloons, Butch Cassidy's bank robbery, freighting companies, avalanches, influenza epidemics, miner's strikes, holiday celebrations, the rise and fall of the Rio Grande Southern Railroad, and the bare-bones beginning of the skiing industry. Meet fascinating residents like Lucien Nunn, who almost single handedly saved Telluride's mining industry with the first commercial use of alternating-current electricity in the world, dashing Buckley Wells, who rose to fame in Colorado and then suffered a terrible fate, and, among others, local legend "Peg Leg" Foster and his "mail-order bride, who spent a brutal winter alone at the famed Tomboy Mine.

To gather this stunning collection of rare historic photographs, the award-winning author, Christian j. Buys, reviewed thousands of images in museums, libraries, and private collections. The majority of the photographs he selected are reproduced here for the first time, Historic Telluride in Rare Photographs is a "must read" for anyone interested in a realistic look at one of the most fascinating mining regions in the world.

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