Tales of the Colorado Pioneers Alice Polk Hill

ISBN: 9781230324005

Published: September 12th 2013

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82 pages


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Tales of the Colorado Pioneers  by  Alice Polk Hill

Tales of the Colorado Pioneers by Alice Polk Hill
September 12th 2013 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, audiobook, mp3, ZIP | 82 pages | ISBN: 9781230324005 | 7.56 Mb

This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1884 edition. Excerpt: ... chapter li. gunnison.MoreThis historic book may have numerous typos and missing text.

Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1884 edition. Excerpt: ... chapter li. gunnison. The city of Gunnison was founded in the fall of 1879, by Prof. S. Richardson, and now it has massive brick and stone blocks, that seem to have sprung up with the swift and easy architecture of Aladdins Palace.

The La Veta hotel, a superb building, with accommodations equal to any in Eastern cities, is entirely a native structure. The foundation rock and ornamental stone were all quarried at the edge of Gunnison- the brick were made there, likewise the woodwork.

The iron castings are the product of their foundries- the lime for mortar and plaster of native manufacture. Adding to these products the gold and silver in the surrounding mountains, and we have the resources which are to maintain a constant growth. How the Gunnison bank was established is a characteristic story of frontier life. In 79 Sam. G. Gill, then living in Denver, conceived the idea that a bank would pay in Gunnison. Not until the spring of 80, however, was he able to organize it, then succeeded through the help of Governor Tabor and the late Col.

Jacobson. At this time the Rio Grande road was completed to Alamosa in Conejos county, Gunnison being distant one hundred and fifty miles. All freighting had to be done by mule and ox teams across Cochetopa Pass, a long, tedious haul. When Gill left Denver he locked up the greater part of his bank capital ($30,000) in his safe, and shipped it to Alamosa.

When he reached that place he found such a vast quantity of freight en route to Gunnison that it was a week before the forwarding merchant could ship his furniture and safe. All this time the latter, with its precious contents, stood upon the platform of the forwarding houses, passed daily by all the hard characters of a mining camp, who, had they known...



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