Local Book Signings for Mining Towns of Southern Colorado
New to Arcadia Publishing’s popular Images of America series is Mining Towns of Southern Colorado by local authors Staci Comden, Victoria Miller and Sara Szakaly. This pictorial history boasts more than 200 vintage images and provides readers with a unique opportunity to reconnect with the history that shaped their community.
Lesser known than the gold and silver mines of Western lore, Southern Colorado's extensive coal mines fueled the engines for Western industrialization in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Of the numerous companies operating the mines, the Colorado Fuel and Iron Company (CF&I) was king.
With a total of 62 mines, the majority of them in Colorado's Las Animas, Huerfano and Fremont Counties, CF&I ruled the lives of countless miners in company towns scattered throughout Southern Colorado. Working long hours often in cramped underground caverns, the workers emerged to families living in lonely mountain landscapes completely provisioned with company homes, stores, schools and churches.
Thursday, May 30, 5-7 p.m.
Friday, June 7