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Coal Mining in Colorado

Added by yongli on 02/16/2021 - 13:06, last changed on 02/16/2021 - 13:06
In the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, coal mining was the most important industry in Colorado. Coal mines served as the crucibles of empire, churning out the fuel needed to power the railroads, precious-metal mines, and smelters that helped develop the region. They were also...

Crested Butte

Added by yongli on 05/19/2017 - 16:36, last changed on 02/24/2021 - 12:12

Crested Butte

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Founded in 1878, Crested Butte is a former coal-mining town turned ski resort nestled in the Elk Mountains of northern Gunnison County . The town lies about twenty-eight miles north of the county seat of Gunnison and about the same distance south of Aspen . At nearly 9,000 feet of elevation and...

Gunnison County

Added by yongli on 02/23/2016 - 16:22, last changed on 01/13/2021 - 08:56
Gunnison County, named for the American explorer John W. Gunnison , is a large, mountainous county in west-central Colorado. A sparsely populated county of 3,260 square miles, it includes some 1.5 million acres of national forest and wilderness lands, including the Gunnison National Forest ,...

Jokerville Mine Explosion

Added by yongli on 01/21/2021 - 13:35, last changed on 01/22/2021 - 10:05
On January 24, 1884, the Jokerville Mine outside of Crested Butte was full of methane gas and exploded, killing fifty-nine workers. As the third-deadliest mine disaster in Colorado history, the Jokerville explosion demonstrated the dangers of coal mining, even as coal was an essential industry for...

Western Federation of Miners

Added by yongli on 01/21/2021 - 15:17, last changed on 01/22/2021 - 10:06
Founded in 1893, the Western Federation of Miners (WFM) was one of the largest and most active labor unions in the late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century American West. The union was involved in some of the most important labor disputes in Colorado and American history, including the 1894...
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