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    Imperial Size Photograph of Street Scene in Leadville, Colorado, ca. 1880s. Placer mining for gold was started in California Gulch in 1859. By 1861 5,000 prospectors covered the area and the settlement of Oro City was established. The placer deposits quickly played out and even though the Printer Boy Mine was successfully opened in 1868, by the 1870s, the area was almost deserted. In 1878 a metallurgist named Alvinius Woods and his partner William Stevens visited the area and discovered that the local sands which had made sluicing gold so difficult were composed of carbonate of lead with an extremely high silver content. The mother lode was discovered on the side of Iron Hill. This discovery led to the second boom in the area, the silver rush would lead to the founding of Leadville. Thousands were drawn to the area by the discovery of silver in the mid 1870s. As a result of this explosive growth, the city of Leadville was incorporated in January 1878. At an elevation of 10,200 feet, it is the highest incorporated city in the country. By the end of 1879 the population in Leadville reached 18,000. By 1893 the estimated population reached 60,000. This was the period when great fortunes were made and lost throughout the district.

    This large format photograph of Leadville, Colorado has no photographer or identification, but it's a well documented street scene in this gold & silver mining town. Has great signage in this very busy town. It appears to be a winter scene as there is snow on roofs and in the background. Measures approximately 8.50" x 6.50".

    Condition:
    Very good-fine, has some light foxing on image and mount.


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