Title: PHOTOGRAPHS during construction of THE ...
Publisher: Privately published, Colorado Springs, Colorado
Publication Date: 1900
Illustrator: Alfred Freeman, photographer
Book Condition: Near Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: No Jacket
Edition: 1st Edition
Beautifully produced burgundy leather covers and binding with gold print on front cover and spine. Album dimensions: 14 inches in width by 10 inches in height by 5-1/2 inches in depth. Binding manufactured by Out West P. & S. Co., Colorado Springs. Bookplate of Charles L. Tutt and Josephine Thayer Tutt on front paste-down. Charles Tutt was Spencer Penrose's closest business partner and friend. Together, they purchased and managed numerous mining and milling properties in the Cripple Creek Gold Mining District. They then parlayed their resources into the Utah Copper Copper, along with the Guggenheims, and other national mining interests. With the enormous profits from this Company, Tutt and Penrose then began plans for The Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs, along many other Pikes Peak Region enterprises. The Standard Milling and Smelting Co. gold reduction plant in Colorado City was part of Tutt and Penrose's United States Reduction and Refining Company -- an agglomeration of several gold reduction in the Pikes Peak Region, including Cripple Creek, Florence, Cyanide, and Colorado City. The Standard plant was meant to consolidate a good percentage of the gold shipments from the Cripple Creek Gold Mining District and process them in one location, reducing costs for both mine and reduction-mill owners. Not long after the Standard Mill's completion, the Western Federation of Miners called for a labor strike, beginning on the premises of the Standard property (1903). This strike devolved into one of Colorado's longest and most violent, encompassing nearly all of the Pikes Peak Region. The Cripple Creek Strike lasted until the summer of 1904, and was only resolved after Adjutant General Sherman Bell and the Colorado National Guard enacted martial law in the District. This album of 50 original 7-1/2 inch by 9-1/2 inch albumen photographs by Colorado Springs photographer, Alfred Freeman, was commissioned and specially made for Charles L. Tutt. The location of another similar album has yet to be identified. Therefore, this a unique record of the construction of one of the Cripple Creek Gold Mining District's most important gold refining works. All photographs are in near fine or better condition. Contrasts and tones are generally strong to excellent, making for superb detail. Unique record of a pivotal mining operation in Colorado history. Bookseller Inventory # 000061
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