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September 11, 1885

WHITE PINE CONE, White Pine, Gunnison County, Colorado, Sept. 11, 1885 

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


An interesting newspaper from a fascinating town which went through two boom & bust periods.

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: "News Of The Great Tomichi" "Progress of Work in the Richest Mining Camp of Gunnison County" and more.

Complete in 4 pages, archivally rejoined at the spine, a few minor margin tears with archival mends inside, toning at the edges. Somewhat fragile & should 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.

Item from Catalog 342 (released for May, 2024)

Category: The Old West