September 15, 2014

Welcome to Manhattan, 1888

Welcome to Manhattan, 1888. Not THAT Manhattan, Manhattan, Colorado. According to Old West Photographs, this post-gold rush boom town flourished after the initial strikes in 1886 by two experienced prospectors of the Ft. Collins Mining Company. Like most mining towns, the energy and population flowed up and down as the minerals, economy and political factors dictated. Within a year of discovery, the population swelled to a reported 5,000 souls whom were directly involved in mining of 125 claims or serving those that did. By the turn of the century, production and buzz in the camp died to a slow trickle as gold retrieval became more difficult and cost to get it increased. Only the few hopeful of a rich strike stayed behind as the town was moved towards its current ghost town status.






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