Leadville, a Miner's Epic
The Leadville story is a first-rate frontier epic, with romance and excitement enough for ten cities. The real story of Leadville is beyond the portals -- it is of the men who worked the mines, of thundering rock drills and dynamite fumes, of metals torn from mountains in a grim, determined, and all too often tragic effort.
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THE SILVER MINERS
THE MOLYBDENUM MINERS
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