The Mining Gazette, Published in the Gate City of the Rocky Mountains. Volume 4, No. 23, April 25, 1883.
Canon, Colorado: Henry W. Comstock, Publisher, 1883. 15 x 11.”. Disbound. Minor staining and edge wear. One horizontal fold. Overall, good. Item #3754
An interesting and uncommon newspaper devoted exclusively to mining activities in Colorado at the time of the Colorado Silver Boom. The paper features numerous stories, statistics and advertisements related to the area’s robust mining activities. For instance, this paragraph about the nascent town of Ironton:
“ Ironton makes a big show for a town less than two months old, especially when it is remembered that everything had to be packed up on animals. Just think of a town of one hundred and fifty houses where two months ago there was not a building or scarcely a stake. Now it is a good sized town, and will remain so, for there are a good number of mines that will support it. It is in a good mineral district and new discoveries are being made in the neighborhood which give promise of big returns to their fortunate owners when a little development work has been done.”
In addition, the paper has an unusually attractive masthead featuring a bird’s-eye view of the Rockies from Canon.
A scarce (and minimally documented) weekly newspaper which was published between 1880 and 1883. Gregory’s American Newspapers, 1821-1936 notes only the Kansas Historical Society as holding issues. The Library of Congress’ Chronicling America database of American newspapers adds the Colorado Historical Society Library and the Denver Public Library as holders of scattered issues.