Life on the Side of a Mountain
Updated: Sep 3
In southwest Colorado’s mining districts, remnants of massive boarding houses hug the cliffs of some of the country’s highest mountains. How prospectors decided to look for gold on the rugged peaks boggles the imagination. But they did, and some struck rich veins. Removal of the ore required a sizeable workforce.
Successful mines were big business. They brought in the latest technology and provided well for their employees. A miner who wasn’t happy “tramped” to the next mine where conditions might be better. Remote mining companies created miniature cities in a single building with up to three hundred residents. Some boasted a . . .