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Introduction


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.


Notes

Bibliography

Index

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Silver Rails –The Railroads of Leadville, Colorado by Christopher James