The Rise of the Silver Queen: Georgetown, Colorado, 1859-1896 (Mining the American West)

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For nearly 150 years the community of Georgetown, home to approximately 1,100 people, has sat nestled high in the Rocky Mountains west of Denver. The Rise of the Silver Queen tracks the history of Georgetown, its people, and its mines from its founding in 1859 though the presidential election of 1896, and demonstrates the town’s place in the larger story of the settlement of the Rocky Mountains and the West.

After a slow start as a gold mining camp, Georgetown skyrocketed to international acclaim with the discovery of the rich Belmont silver claim in the fall of 1864. Within a few years, the town would be known as the Silver Queen of the Rockies. The authors cover the growth of the town, the economic troubles that came with the richer discoveries around Leadville in 1877, and the tumult associated with the creation of a permanent community in the Rocky Mountain West. The Rise of the Silver Queen contains more than 100 photographs of the town, including views of the businesses and residential neighborhoods, community events, mines and mills, railroads and people.

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Liston E. Leyendecker was professor emeritus of American history at Colorado State University and author of several books and articles on Georgetown history. Duane A. Smith is professor of Southwest studies at Fort Lewis College and the author of numerous books on Colorado and western history. Christine A. Bradley is the archivist for Clear Creek County and the author of two other books on Georgetown.


"Hikers, skiers and tourists who have enjoyed the charms and hospitality of Georgetown will like this absorbing history of the town...This vibrant account of a picturesque town includes sidebars that offer additional information, explanations and anecdotes. Hundreds of photos successfully complete the total immersion into the past and offer a new understanding of a vibrant mountain community." -- Rocky Mountain News, September 2005

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