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Dillon: Summit Historical Society Boarding House Bash Thursday

Aaron Bible
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Special to the Daily/Summit Historical SocietyThis photo illustrates the life of an early miner. The Summit Historical Society and Breckenridge Heritage Alliance present an educational fundraiser Thursday in Dillon on turn-of-the-century mining. Rick Hague will present his talk 'Getting Blasted by Candlelight,' documenting the life of the miner in Summit County and the American west from the 1880s through the early 1900s.
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The Summit Historical Society and Breckenridge Heritage Alliance present an educational fundraiser Thursday in Dillon on turn-of-the-century mining.

Rick Hague will present his talk “Getting Blasted by Candlelight,” documenting the life of the miner in Summit County and the American west from the 1880s through the early 1900s.

The Boarding House Bash talk will take place at 6:30 p.m. at the Bonnie Q BBQ Roadhouse Room located behind the Conoco Station on Lake Dillon Drive. A special “Dine like the miner’s dinner ” will be provided by Doug Pierce of the Arapahoe Cafe and includes one drink. Participants will also receive the book “Men, Mining and Machines” by Sandra Mather. The cost is $35 for SHS members, $40 for non-members, and reservations are required. Call (970) 333-8001 or send a check to Summit Historical Society, P.O. Box 745, Breckenridge, 80424. Seating is limited so those interested are encouraged to make reservations now.



Hague is a graduate of Golden’s Colorado School of Mines in both mining exploration geology and geophysics and mining engineering. He worked on base metal, diamond and coal exploration projects in South Africa, the U.S., Brazil, Alaska and British Columbia and on mine design for several coal-mining projects in the U.S. and Australia. Since moving to Breckenridge full-time about 10 years ago, Hague has been actively involved with both the Summit Historical Society and Breckenridge Heritage Alliance in researching and providing public education in the mining history of Summit County and Colorado.

“Rick will be discussing mining and load mining specifically, the conditions that existed in the mines, the life of a miner and more,” said Linda Kelly of the Summit Historical Society. “The dinner will be a typical miners-type meal. The event is a fundraiser, as we are attempting to move some of our artifacts out of the schoolhouse into a more secure, safe place and this takes money we don’t have.”



In his talk, Hague will describe through words, costumes and exhibits of authentic artifacts the life of an underground miner in the 1880s through the early 1900s in both Summit County and the American west. He’ll talk about where these men came from, how they lived, what they ate and wore, what functions they performed underground and how they extracted gold and silver from solid rock. He’ll also describe hard-steeling, blasting, working conditions and common causes of deaths.

Constant threat of death or injury, miserable working conditions, poor pay, long hours and rarely seeing the sun made the miner’s life a difficult existence.


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