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    Lot of Five Stereoviews of 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 and 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.

    The first stereo is a view of "Col. Sellers' Mine, California Gulch, Colorado" (Leadville) Popular Series. Next photo card # 2876 is "Leadville, Col." Birdseye view, photographed and published by Kilburn Brothers. Next card #49- "The little Pittsburg, Leadville, Colo." Photograph by Chas. Weitfle, Central City, Colo. The last two stereoviews are scenes around Leadville, Colorado by photographer Brisbois of Leadville, Col. Measures approximately small are 7" x 3.50", large are 7" x 4".

    Very good-fine, mounts have light soiling.

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    Auction Dates
    June, 2008
    13th Friday
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