SUMMIT

A Gold Rush History of Summit County, Colorado

SUMMIT’s story is as rich as the gold rush the book describes. Narrow-gauge alpine railways, nomad Ute Indians, lusty mine camps, the 1860s birth of now-famous ski towns and self-guided mine tours all highlight this classic history.

A parade of larger-than-life characters capture the reader’s imagination–people like Snow Shoe Itinerant John Lewis Dyer, the skiing preacher. A host of intriguing personalities, the prospector, the claim jumper who trailed him, the shyster lawyer who came on his heels, shady lady right behind and hard-working miner, shopkeeper and civil servant, all created the history this book records.

In SUMMIT, you’ll find:

  • Native Americans – the mountain-dwelling Ute Indians
  • Early Explorers – the first adventurers to see the land
  • Prospectors – the ’59ers
  • Mining Moguls – the flashy promoters of the 1880’s and 90’s
  • Stagecoach Drivers -on North America’s highest Rocky Mountain crossing
  • Railroad Men – captains of the narrow-gauge
  • Pioneer Women – “There’s a gal in the gulch!”

More About SUMMIT

  • The Summit Historical Society:  “Mrs. Gilliland has produced a pioneer work to which historians and other writers interested in Colorado’s past will refer for many years.” -Liston E. Leyendecker, CO State University
  • The Denver Post:  “SUMMIT is a wonderful mix of history and folklore. It will stir the imaginations of those unfamiliar with Summit County history.” – Sandra Dallas, author
  • The Rocky Mountain News: “The book is as full of riches as Summit County was full of gold. The book is worth reading as Colorado history and worth owning for all those interested in Summit County. ‘Gold is where you find it’ and you can find almost everything about the Summit County gold rush in the pages of this book.” – Louisa Arps, Colorado historian
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"SUMMIT is a wonderful mix of history and folklore. It will stir the imaginations of those unfamiliar with Summit County history."