After a slow start as a gold mining camp, Georgetown skyrocketed to international acclaim with the discovery of the rich Belmont silver claim in the fall of 1864. Within a few years, the town would be known as the Silver Queen of the Rockies. The authors cover the growth of the town, the economic troubles that came with the richer discoveries around Leadville in 1877, and the tumult associated with the creation of a permanent community in the Rocky Mountain West. Contains more than 100 photographs of the town, including views of the businesses and residential neighbourhoods, community events, mines and mills, railroads and people.
Liston E Leyendecker was professor emeritus of American history at Colorado State University and author of several books and articles on Georgetown history. Duane A. Smith is professor of Southwest studies at Fort Lewis College and the author of numerous books on Colorado and western history. Christine A. Bradley is the archivist for Clear Creek County archivist and the author of two other books on Georgetown.