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  • Early Gold Hill

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    After members of the Aikins party discovered gold in January 1859, prospectors rushed to Gold Hill, which became the first permanent mining camp in the Colorado mountains.
    Early Gold Hill
  • Revived Gold Hill

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    Gold Hill declined in the late 1860s but experienced a new boom after 1872, when miners discovered gold and silver tellurides in the area.
    Revived Gold Hill
  • Tourism Takes Hold

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    In the early twentieth century, mining declined and Gold Hill shrank. It turned into a small residential community and summer resort. The Blue Bird Lodge (bottom left) was owned by a Chicago women's group as a private retreat.
    Tourism Takes Hold