The Lives of Women and Children in Colorado’s Mining Towns Resource Set
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High altitude, groceries delivered by mule train, pack rats and spoiled Thanksgiving turkeys are just a few of the challenges faced by ladies living in Colorado's remote mining towns at the end of the 19th Century.
The family in this photo lived in the mining town of Telluride, c. 1880s. Credit: Denver Public Library, Western History Collection
The children in this photo lived in the mining town of Cripple Creek. They lived there probably in the early 1900s.
This photo was taken in the mining town of Creede, Colorado. The boy is holding the reins of the burro.
This photo was taken in 1886 at a school in Starkville, a coal mining town in Las Animas County Colorado.
The building in this photo is a one-room school near the town of Telluride, Colorado. Six girls, two men, and a boy on a burro are standing in front of the building..
This is the first schoolhouse in the mining town of Silver Plume, Colorado. The photo was taken in 1884 or 1885. The children are holding books.
This is a Fourth of July parade in Cripple Creek, c. 1898.
This is a photo of the Silver Plume baseball team. Silver Plume was a mining town near Georgetown.
Elizabeth McCourt Tabor, c. 1870s. Courtesy of Colorado Virtual Library.
An elderly, Baby Doe Tabor outside her shack in Leadville, CO. Courtesy of the Denver Public Library Western History Collection.
One of the first African-American women to settle in Colorado and became a very successful business woman.