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A boom & bust mining town in Colorado...



Item # 611060

March 13, 1885

WHITE PINE CONE, White Pine, Gunnison County, Colorado, March 13, 1885 

* Very rare Old West title
* Ghost town - silver mining


An interesting newspaper from a fascinating town which went through two boom & bust periods. As the hyperlink notes, White Pine began in 1880 as a fledgling mining camp just west of the Continental Divide, boomed in the mid-1880's then went bust by 1893. But in 1930 thru 1944 corporate mining resurrected in White Pine, only to go bust again in 1953, closing down the town for good. "Today only a few people live in White Pine during the summer. Only a creaking of the majestic pines and the aging cabins remind us today that a great mining camp once existed in the shadows of the Continental Divide."
This issue is from the town's heyday with various mining related news including front page: "Our Mines & Miners" "Progress of Work in the Richest Mining Camp of Gunnison County" and more. Complete in 4 pages, some loss at the spine margin from disbinding affecting just a few words of text, mostly loose at the spine, toned at the margins with some margin tears, somewhat pulpish. Must be handled carefully.
After our purchase of the complete holdings of the Kansas St. Historical Society, Gregory (Union List of American Newspapers) notes that just one institution has a complete set of this newspaper (lasted from 1883 - 1892) and 2 other institutions just have a single issue each.

Category: The Old West

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