Denver; (1934): Smith-Brooks Printing Co. First Edition. Octavo. Item #027217
84 pages, profusely illustrated, primarily about early Leadville from its earliest period with gold, to the silver boom ended with the crisis in the 1890's but John Campion's gold discoveries at Breese Hill and his Ibex mine in 1891 became a period of boon. Here is the Tabor Opera House, the early saloons and prostitution but also the rise of the churches. An early ad said: "wanted 50 service girls, payment in gold, must have short dresses. The lawlessness and murder in Tiger Alley, the robbery of stage coaches, and claim jumping all led to the Vigilance Committees and eventually hiring tough marshals. The small towns of Breckinridge, Kokomo, Fairplay, Climax and Robinson all followed those trends mostly becoming ghost towns. Bound in blue stiff paper wraps, title lettered in white over dark blue. Only minor wear to corners. Near fine.