Colorado gold rush history: Nov. 30 to Dec. 4, 1915
December 14, 2015
This week in history as reported by the Summit County Journal 100 years ago, the week of Nov. 30 to Dec. 4, 1915.
The building belonging to Willard Morris, a short distance this side of Smith's spur and used as a pest house, was totally destroyed by fire about 3 o'clock Monday afternoon. Besides Morris, one patient was in the building at the time. Both escaped without injury and were taken to comfortable quarters.
The fire was caused by a defective chimney and no means were at hand to check the blaze. The building burned to the ground in a short time and none of the contents were saved. There was no insurance. The building, a log structure, was a land mark, having been created years go.
The mountains and hills offer splendid fields for prospecting, although some prospectors operate around livery stables, pool rooms and other comfortable places, where it is warm in the winter and cool in the summer.
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A pick and shovel of ten prove handy on a prospecting trip, though if they interfere with the fishing tackle and luncheon, they may be left at home.
In picking up gold, always wear kid gloves. They prevent soiling and discoloring of the fingers.
You will need plenty of exercise, so take along your boxing gloves, dumb bells and golf sticks. In locating claims, be sure that your dump will afford good view of the sunset.
Always locate a big acreage of ground as it sounds better and prevents others from making locations.
When you find a piece of ground with mineral values, sell it to someone who will patent it and forget about it. This will prevent an oversupply of ore and help keep a camp dead. When you make a comfortable fortune, retire to a nice, big, soft city where you can spend it and tell what a hellufa camp you once lived in.
Breckenridge and Summit County people have long devoted their attention to the mining industry. They have centered their attention on it to the exclusion of everything else as far as development of natural resources is concerned, and while signal success has been attained in this industry, and the camp has become a notable one, and its mineral wealth has been and is worth of all the attention accorded it — and more for that matter, exploitation of other resources within the reach of those who live here should not be neglected.
The inherent wealth of a region is given man for his benefit and profit, and it is his duty to develop it in accordance with his ability and knowledge.
The Journal receives many inquiries relative to Breckenridge and its mines. Some of our correspondents are former resident and many are strangers. The inquiries denote a lively interest and also indicate that the reputation of the camp is widespread.
The value of the mineral production of the United States in 1914, according to the United States Geological Survey was $2,114,946,024, being exceeded only by that of two years — 1913 and 1912. The metallic products in 1914 were valued at $691,000,343 and the nonmetallic products at $1,423,395,681.