Table of Contents
Preface: The PreHistory of Leadville
So why is this place called "Leadville?"
Chapter 1: "All of California in This Here Pan!"
Oro City and Leadville: Boom, bust, boom, bust...BOOM!
Chapter 2: "By a Most Feasible Route"
Railroads race to everywhere (excpet Leadville)
Chapter 3: The War for Leadville in the Royal Gorge
The Santa Fe v. the Rio Grande in the canyon and the courts.
Chapter 4: "Ho! For the Mosquito!"
The Denver & South Park suddenly has a new goal.
Chapter 5: Sacks of Ore and Pigs of Bullion
Silver fever! And Leadville is the place to get it.
Chapter 6: General Palmer's Pumpkins
"If a man had a wagon load of pumpkins for sale..."
Chapter 7: A Gilded Town with Silver Rails
The mines, the railroads and the people build a Magic City.
Chapter 8: "An Error in Judgement"
The Union Pacific gets to Leadville - the hard way.
Chapter 9: Four Feet, Eight-and-1/2 Inches
The Colorado Midland brings standard gauge to the Rockies.
Chapter 10: The Not-So-Gay '90s
A palace of ice isn't enough to keep the railroads profitable.
Chapter 11: Of Ice and Men
Four months of the perfect storm after storm after storm.
Chapter 12: The 20th Century Comes to Leadville
A 19th Century town meets 20th Century technology.
Chapter 13: Activity of a Depressing Sort
The Colorado Midland pays the price for its innovation.
Chapter14: Learning to Spell "Mo-lyb-den-um."
A strange gray mineral saves the town and a railroad.
Chapter 15: "Engine 76 Run Extra to Climax"
The waining days of narrow gauge, steam and the C&S.
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Chapter 16: The Ten-Dollar Railroad
"The most expensive $10 I ever spent."
Epilogue: Hear That Lonesome Whistle Blow
Keeping the memory of Leadville's railroads alive.
Appendix: Leadville's Paper Railroads
The many railroads that never got to Leadville.