Mining history of Clear Creek County

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Local author shares the stories of the area using collection of vintage images

PRESS RELEASE – The newest addition to Arcadia Publishing’s popular Images of America series is Mines of Clear Creek County from local author Ben M. Dugan. The book boasts more than 200 vintage images and memories.

In 1859, “Pikes Peak or bust!” spread across America and brought men and their families from all over to the Kansas goldfields seeking a new beginning. Thousands came to Clear Creek and Gilpin Counties and eventually settled all of Colorado.

The mining communities of Idaho Springs, Georgetown, Empire, Silver Plume, Dumont and Lawson all exist because of the pursuit of gold and silver. Gold was initially easy to get to, but in time, underground mineral development was necessary. New technologies and the Industrial Revolution made mining easier, but there was still work to be done to establish local fire departments, churches, schools and governments.

Mines of Clear Creek County takes readers on a journey back in time to view scenes of the old frontier and gold mining life. By allowing locals and visitors alike to see images of the past, readers are able to better understand the identity of the area today.

The book is available at area bookstores, independent retailers, and online retailers, or through Arcadia Publishing at (888)-313-2665 or online.

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