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    Established in 1874 in the heart of the San Juan Mountains, Hinsdale County is one of Colorado's most prolific historic mining counties.
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Kye Abraham, Stan Whinnery, and Mark Rudolph, “The Ute Ulay: The Mine That Made Lake City,” n.d.

Carl E. Conner, “Hinsdale County Metal Mining,” US Department of the Interior, National Park Service Form 10-900b (Denver: History Colorado, 2010).

Hinsdale County Museum, “History of the Finley Block and Henry Finley,” n.d.

John Duer Irving and Howland Bancroft, “Geology and Ore Deposits near Lake City, Colorado,” US Geological Survey Bulletin 478, (Washington, DC: Government Printing Office, 1911).

Lake City

Lake City, “Area History & Timeline,” n.d.

Lake City, “National Historic District,” n.d.

Lake City DIRT, “Ute Ulay Project,” n.d.

Bonnie L. Pitblado, C.W. Merriman, and Caroline Gabe, “Assessing Integrity at the PaleoIndian-Historic Capitol City Moraine Site (5HN510), Hinsdale County, Colorado,” Southwestern Lore 73, no. 3 (Fall 2007).

 Pueblo County Historical Society, “George A. Hinsdale (1826–1874),” Hinsdale County Historical Society, updated 2013.

Ed Raines, “Mining History of Lake City,” Mining History Association, 2011.

Virginia McConnell Simmons, The Ute Indians of Utah, Colorado, and New Mexico (Boulder: University Press of Colorado, 2000).

Strike at Lake City Mines,” San Miguel Examiner, March 18, 1899.

Whizbang Works, LLC, Prospecting: A Guide to the Arts & History of Lake City, Colorado (Lake City, CO: Lake City/Hinsdale County Chamber of Commerce, 2006)., “Uncompahgre Wilderness.”

Additional Information: 

Hinsdale County

Hinsdale County Museum

Lake Fork Valley Conservancy

Duane A. Smith, San Juan Legacy: Life in the Mining Camps (Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 2009).

Upper Gunnison River Water Conservancy District