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Jane M. Battaglia
Aspen, Colorado

Come back with me, if you will, to a simpler, more basic time in the history of Colorado. Silver was the primary support for the currency of the country and it was found in abundance right here in Colorado.

Aspen, like many towns in the state, was founded as a silver mining camp in 1879. By 1890, Aspen was the single largest silver producer in the United States. Mines with names such as Smuggler, Little Annie and Midnight, were all over town. With a population of over 13,000, Aspen was the third largest city in Colorado – with only Denver and Leadville being larger. It boasted half a dozen newspapers, a world-class hotel (The Hotel Jerome), several schools, a hospital, two electric plants, three banks, The Wheeler Opera House and a thriving economy. The Denver & Rio Grande and the Colorado Midland Railroads served Aspen with 10 passenger trains a day! It was bustling, by anyone’s standards of the day.

Come back with me, if you will, to a simpler, more basic time in the history of Colorado. Silver was the primary support for the currency of the country and it was found in abundance right here in Colorado.

Aspen, like many towns in the state, was founded as a silver mining camp in 1879. By 1890, Aspen was the single largest silver producer in the United States. Mines with names such as Smuggler, Little Annie and Midnight, were all over town. With a population of over 13,000, Aspen was the third largest city in Colorado – with only Denver and Leadville being larger. It boasted half a dozen newspapers, a world-class hotel (The Hotel Jerome), several schools, a hospital, two electric plants, three banks, The Wheeler Opera House and a thriving economy. The Denver & Rio Grande and the Colorado Midland Railroads served Aspen with 10 passenger trains a day! It was bustling, by anyone’s standards of the day.

Come back with me, if you will, to a simpler, more basic time in the history of Colorado. Silver was the primary support for the currency of the country and it was found in abundance right here in Colorado.

Aspen, like many towns in the state, was founded as a silver mining camp in 1879. By 1890, Aspen was the single largest silver producer in the United States. Mines with names such as Smuggler, Little Annie and Midnight, were all over town. With a population of over 13,000, Aspen was the third largest city in Colorado – with only Denver and Leadville being larger. It boasted half a dozen newspapers, a world-class hotel (The Hotel Jerome), several schools, a hospital, two electric plants, three banks, The Wheeler Opera House and a thriving economy. The Denver & Rio Grande and the Colorado Midland Railroads served Aspen with 10 passenger trains a day! It was bustling, by anyone’s standards of the day.


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