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Alferd Packer

Added by yongli on 09/03/2019 - 15:23, last changed on 07/04/2020 - 01:07

Alferd Packer

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Alferd E. Packer (1842–1909), also “Alfred,” was a prospector who became famous after confessing to eating his dead comrades while trapped in the San Juan Mountains in February 1874. With the group starving and disoriented, it appears likely that Packer killed another prospector in self-defense and...

Barger Gulch Site

Added by yongli on 01/15/2020 - 15:28, last changed on 01/15/2020 - 15:28
There are few places in western North America richer in Paleo-Indian archaeology than Middle Park , the valley that forms the headwaters of the Colorado River in Grand County . Within Middle Park, the Barger Gulch area preserves an impressive amount of evidence from early humans, with sites dating...

Colorado Fuel and Iron Strike of 1959

Added by yongli on 10/16/2020 - 11:15, last changed on 10/16/2020 - 11:15
In 1959 union members at the Colorado Fuel and Iron Company (CF&I) in Pueblo participated in a nationwide strike for better job security. The strike led to a nationwide shortage of American-made steel, while the suspension of mining operations and steel production at CF&I caused Pueblo to...

Colorado Gold Rush

Added by yongli on 05/06/2016 - 14:50, last changed on 01/07/2020 - 16:58
The discovery of gold near present-day Denver in 1858–59 drew thousands of people to present-day Colorado, prompting the political organization of first a US territory and later a state. Many current cities and towns, including Denver , Boulder , Black Hawk , Breckenridge , and Central City , were...

Colorado Territory

Added by yongli on 02/25/2016 - 14:22, last changed on 08/01/2020 - 08:40
The Territory of Colorado (1861–76) was the predecessor to the state of Colorado , created on February 28, 1861. The territory was formed in response to the secession crisis as well as a massive influx of white immigrants seeking their fortunes during the Colorado Gold Rush . It was organized by an...

Empire Chief Mine and Mill

Added by yongli on 05/17/2017 - 15:18, last changed on 04/08/2020 - 13:18
The Empire Chief Mine and Mill site is an abandoned nineteenth-century metal mining complex in Hinsdale County , located several miles west of Lake City on the southern slope of Sheep Mountain (83 Sunny Ave, Empire, CO 80438). The mine was established in 1885 after the discovery of the Bonanza Lode...

Georgetown Loop

Added by yongli on 08/11/2016 - 16:38, last changed on 01/18/2020 - 11:58
The Georgetown Loop is a rail line running between Georgetown and Silver Plume that showcases Colorado’s mountain scenery and mining heritage. The Georgetown Loop represents a major part of Colorado’s formative history—railroad development—as well as one of the state’s strongest industries—tourism...

Leadville Strike of 1880

Added by yongli on 04/10/2020 - 10:49, last changed on 06/10/2020 - 15:56
The Leadville strike of 1880 was the first major labor conflict in the central Colorado silver boomtown, shutting down most of the area’s mining district from May 26 to mid-June as miners pressed owners and managers for higher wages, an eight-hour workday, and more control over their working...

Leadville Strike of 1896–97

Added by yongli on 04/10/2020 - 11:41, last changed on 09/21/2020 - 12:04
The Leadville strike of 1896–97 was a nine-month labor conflict pitting the Western Federation of Miners (WFM) against the owners of the district’s mines. The strike began in June 1896, when miners requested higher wages and were rejected, and reached a violent climax in September, when strikers...

Sand Wash Basin Tool Stone Sites

Added by yongli on 03/18/2020 - 22:34, last changed on 04/16/2020 - 09:07
Located northwest of Craig in Moffat County , the Sand Wash Basin is an area of Bridger Formation rock outcrops that prehistoric peoples mined extensively as a source for stones to make tools with. Bridger Formation chert is typically light to dark brown, though some of the chert in the basin is...

Shenandoah-Dives Mining Company

Added by yongli on 09/21/2016 - 15:34, last changed on 11/13/2019 - 11:43
The Shenandoah-Dives Mining Company was active in the San Juan Mountains from the 1930s through the 1960s. As one of the largest mining operations in the region during the twentieth century, the company’s history exemplifies the boom and bust cycles and labor strife that were common in Colorado’s...
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