Gold Dredging Boats around Breckenridge, Colorado, The by Erl H Ellis SIGNED
Gold Dredging Boats around Breckenridge, Colorado, The by Erl H Ellis SIGNED
Gold Dredging Boats around Breckenridge, Colorado, The by Erl H Ellis SIGNED
Gold Dredging Boats around Breckenridge, Colorado, The by Erl H Ellis SIGNED
Gold Dredging Boats around Breckenridge, Colorado, The by Erl H Ellis SIGNED
Gold Dredging Boats around Breckenridge, Colorado, The by Erl H Ellis SIGNED
Gold Dredging Boats around Breckenridge, Colorado, The by Erl H Ellis SIGNED
Gold Dredging Boats around Breckenridge, Colorado, The by Erl H Ellis SIGNED

Gold Dredging Boats around Breckenridge, Colorado, The by Erl H Ellis SIGNED

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Gold Dredging Boats around Breckenridge, Colorado, The by Erl H Ellis SIGNED
 
Gold Dredging Boats around Breckenridge, Colorado, The by Erl H Ellis SIGNED
Hard Cover with dust jacket
Copyright 1967
173 pages
Signed and numbered Limited edition #748 / 1000


THE GOLD DREDGING BOATS AROUND BRECKENRIDGE COLORADO
By ERL H. ELLIS
The author, lawyer by profession, but doing some history writing as an avocation, was intrigued, like every one else who seestherock piles inand aroundBreckenridge,Colorado, by the despoilation of the valleys and became interested in tracing the history of the gold dredging boats that operated there. He found that nine such dredges had been constructed in that area and had operatedduringtheperiod 1898-1942. This book is the result of his researches.
The County Records showed the ownership of the placer claims that were dredged and some of the history of the companies involved, but the everyday operations of the dredges could only he recalled through the weekly newspaper that was published in Breckenridge during this period, The Summit County Journal. The author read the Journal, as issued for about 44 years, to learn what the editor of the paper thought was Worth printing at the time.
Much was left to be desired in such reporting, but this book will give the reader an idea of how the dredge boats operated in the mountains of Colorado and will indicate some of the trials and tribulations of the companiestrying to operate such dredges at a profit.  This hook is apparently the first one to introduce to the
General readerthecircumstances surrounding the gold dredging activities in the mountain states.
JOHNSON PUBLISHING Co.   Boulder, Colorado
TABLE OF CONTENTSPage
Story of Nine Dredge Boats which Operated near Breckenridge, Colorado xi
References and Bibliography Explained xii
THE BRECKENRIDGE AREA 1
Geography of Summit County
AN INTRODUCTION TO PLACER MINING9
The Origin of the Golden Gravels
WHAT AND WHY IS A DREDGE BOAT?12
Introduction to the Mechanics of a Dredge Boat
EARLY DREDGE BOATS IN NEW ZEALAND17
First development of dredges, 1863-1898
MONTANA-FIRST U. S. DREDGE BOAT20
1895-1896, the Fielding L. Graves at Bannack
EARLY CALIFORNIA DREDGES23
1897-1899. Mr. Postlethwaite. Risdon Iron Works
BEN STANLEY REVETT28
His Life. Brought First Five Dredges to Colorado
THE FIRST TWO DREDGES34
On Swan River. 1897-1898. Experimental
THE THIRD DREDGE43
On Swan River. 1899-1900. Experimental
THE FOURTH DREDGE51
On Swan River. 1899-1904. Almost Successful
THE FIRST TWO DREDGING COMPANIES59
North American Gold Dredging Company, 1897-1901
American Gold Dredging Company, 1901-1906

CHAPTER XII.THE FIFTH DREDGE64
In French Gulch. 1904-1913. Reliance Dredge
Revett's First Successful Dredge
CHAPTER XIII.THE SIXTH AND SEVENTH DREDGES79
On Swan and Blue Rivers. 1906-1913
The Bucyrus Dredges of the Colorado Gold Dredging Co.
CHAPTER XIV.THE EIGHTH DREDGE95
Second in French Gulch. 1908-1922. H. J. Reiling.
French Gulch Dredging Co., 1908-1922.
Florence Gold Dredging Co., 1922
CHAPTER XV.THE TONOPAH COMPANY105
Consolidated Operation of the
Fifth, Sixth, and Seventh Dredges.
CHAPTER XVI.THE NINTH DREDGE120
On Blue River. 1917-1938. Four different Cos.
CHAPTER XVII.THE LAST YEARS FOR THE LAST OPERATING
DREDGE 185
Sixth Dredge, 1921-1942. Tonopah Placers Co.
The Royal Tiger Mines Co. 1926-1982.
Tiger Placers Co. Blue River Co.
CHAPTER XVIII.THE FOURTH BOOM AT BRECKENRIDGE154
BIBLIOGRAPHICAL NOTES. List of Sources Used Herein 158
TABLES 163
INDEX 165

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