Summit: A Gold Rush History of Summit County, Colorado

Mary Ellen Gilliland

Published by Alpenrose Press, 2006
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Synopsis: Saints and sinners (mostly sinners) lead the parade of prospectors, claimjumpers, shyster lawyers, shady ladies, miscreants and hard-working miners who scaled the high mountain passes to create the history this book records. A lively gold rush history of Summit County, Colorado, Summit ranks as a best seller in Colorado bookstores. Narrow-gauge alpine railways, Ute Indians, lusty mine camps, the 1860s birth of now-famous local ski towns and self guided mine tours all highlight this classic history. A parade of larger-than-life characters march across its pages people like dredge king Ben Stanley Revett and Colorado's famed Snow Shoe Itinerant, John Lewis Dyer, the skiing preacher.

The 25th Anniversary Edition doubles the size of the original Summit history, adding 15 new chapters. The history of skiing at Arapahoe Basin, Breckenridge, Copper Mountain and Keystone, as well as local ranch histories, are highlights.

From the Publisher: Three hundred thirty six detail-packed, richly-illustrated pages make this book a great buy. Unlike most books which start strong then fizzle after a couple of years, SUMMIT started strong and has continued to enjoy solid support from Colorado history readers year after year. SUMMIT stands as the first and only complete history of Summit County, Colorado's past. The book is written for local residents and the area's many winter and summer visitors. SUMMIT is not a scholarly tome, but a readable, entertaining and informative history.

SUMMIT features: . . . Nineteen detail-packed chapters . . . Nearly 100 pictures, most antique 1800s photographs . . . Rich design, spiced with century old drawings The book explores the early days of Summit's first explorers, camps with nomad Ute Indians here, follows the beaver men who came seeking pelts and found glittering metal. August 10, 1859 marked the Blue Valley's first official gold strike. Breckenridge sprang up to house a horde of prospectors and other towns followed. SUMMIT takes you up and over the old high passes, along the 1880's narrow-gauge rail routes and on jeep tours of the area's historic mines. The book highlights the county's colorful characters, reports on its crusading newspapers, and, finally, witnesses the birth pangs of Summit skiing. Timed to celebrate the town centennials of Breckenridge, Frisco, Montezuma and Dillon, SUMMIT offers a lively look backward at each, plus histories of dozens more old-time Summit communities.

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Title: Summit: A Gold Rush History of Summit County...
Publisher: Alpenrose Press
Publication Date: 2006
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