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COLORADO CATALOG

Page 3

September 2015

 

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SOLID MULDOON stereo view by James Thurlow, 1877

 

The “Solid Muldoon” was promoted as a “petrified man” unearthed near Beulah, Colorado in 1877.  Approximately seven feet and six inches in height, the “Solid Muldoon” turned out to be a fake created by George Hull.  It was made of clay, rock dust, mortar, plaster, ground bone, meat, and blood; kiln-dried in Mace’s Hole near Beulah, Pueblo County, Colorado.  William Conant purportedly discovered the “petrified man” while searching for fossils.  The “Solid Muldoon” was exhibited throughout the country for several months before it was revealed as a hoax staged by the man who, in 1870, devised the “Cardiff Giant.”  James Thurlow, a photographer in Manitou Springs, Colorado, rushed to Beulah to photograph the “Solid Muldoon” not long after it was revealed to the public.  Stereo view condition: very good plus; strong tones and contrast; slight fading of mount.

   

 

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VIEWS OF EATON, COLORADO, Numbers One & Two, 1907 – 1908

A set of two promotional publications with printed covers and string-tied bindings.  Number One: red-and green-printed gray covers; 20 pages.  The first page is descriptive; and followed by nineteen pages of photographs with two images per page and captions.  Publication condition: near fine, except for pen-written date on front cover.  Number Two: red- and green-printed manila-colored covers; 20 pages.  The first page is descriptive; and followed by nineteen pages with two images per page plus captions.  Publication condition: near fine, except for pen-written date on front cover.  Excellent images of residences, business buildings, street scenes, and agricultural scenes.  No OCLC listings.  No Wynar listing.                     

 

 

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NORDACH RANCH, COLORADO SPRINGS, COLORADO, 1904 – 1908

 

Lot of 9 historical items.  1) Publication: “The Climatic and Sanatorium Treatment of Tuberculosis,” by Dr. John E. White, Nordach Ranch, Colorado Springs, Colorado.  Reprint from the Cleveland Medical and Surgical Reporter, July-August 1905.  Original printed gray wrappers; 15 pages.  Very good condition.  References to Dr. White’s program at the Nordach Ranch.  2) Letter on Nordach Ranch, Colorado Springs letterhead, dated December 13, 1904 to Mr. H. M. Smith, Lodi, California and signed by John E. White, Medical Director, concerning the progress of Smith’s daughter at Nordach Ranch, near fine condition.  3)  Letter on Nordach Ranch, Colorado Springs letterhead, dated March 11, 1905 to Mr. H. M. Smith, Lodi, California and signed by John E. White, Medical Director, concerning the progress of Smith’s daughter at Nordach Ranch, near fine condition.  4) Billing on Nordach Ranch letterhead February 1905 for treatment of Miss Blanche Smith.  5)  Billing on Nordach Ranch letterhead July 1905 for treatment of Miss Blanche Smith.  6)  Two-page hand-written letter from one of Smith’s daughters, dated, “Lungers Retreat, Dec. 21, 1904.  7) Postcard from John E. White, “Panorama of Tent Colony, Nordach Ranch, 1906.  8) Postcard from Alex Carr, “Central Building, Nordach Ranch, 1907.  9) Postcard from John E. White and August L. Heine, “A Portion of the Tent Colony, Nordach Ranch Sanatorium for Tuberculosis, 1908.  10) Photograph of Miss Blanche Smith.  Lot in very good plus to near fine condition.                                             

 

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CENTRAL CITY, BLACK HAWK, NEVADAVILLE, COLORADO, circa 1900

 

“A Concise Social and Business Review of the Three Principal Towns of Gilpin County, With Fine Illustrations of Public and Commercial Buildings and Views of Scenic Grandeur.”  Compiled by The Colorado Information and Advertising Bureau, Denver Colorado.  A. E. D. Trabue, Manager.  Printed by The Western Newspaper Union, Denver.  Engravings by The App-Stott Printing and Engraving Co., Denver.  Publication dimensions: 11 inches by 7-3/4 inches.  Condition: very good; missing printed wrappers; 61 pages.  Short biographies of business people and leading citizens.  Details of businesses and majestic scenery.  2 OCLC listings.  Wynar 989.

 

 

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FLOOD IN CREEDE, MINERAL COUNTY, COLORADO, 1892

 

 

Cabinet card photograph.  1892 was an eventful year for the Creede Mining District of Colorado.  It experienced a major fire, the death of Bob Ford, discoveries of more silver lodes, and then a powerful flood.  The image above does not indicate a photographer; however, it has been attributed to Charles Goodman.  Image dimensions: 7-3/4 inches by 4-1/2 inches.  Condition very good.  There is a small punch-hole in every corner, with no negative impact on the photographic image.  The mount has also endured some damp-staining, though the image is not generally impacted.  Tones and contrasts are strong.  The Albany Hotel is the main building in this photograph (on right).                                                                              

 

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LEADVILLE (Colorado) CITY DIRECTORY, 1897

 

BALLENGER & RICHARDS SIXTEENTH ANNUAL LEADVILLE CITY DIRECTORY, containing A Complete List of the Inhabitants, Institutions, Incorporated Companies, Manufacturing Establishments, Business, Business Firms, etc. in the City of Leadville for 1897.  Leadville, Colo.: Ballenger & Richards, Publishers.  Original printed boards bound with gold-printed leather spine; 323 pages; complete with all advertisements.  Book condition: good plus; boards are noticeably warped, distorting book spine; however, interior pages are clean, bright, and strong, although slightly wavy; interior hinges have been reinforced.  All detail and information present.                                                                

 

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BROADWAY – DENVER’S GREAT THOROUGHFARE, 1899

 

 

Pamphlet: Written by J. D. Dillenback, January 1, 1899.  Dimensions: 9-3/8 inches by 6 inches; 16 pages; illustrated with photographs.  Buildings, businesses and homes on Denver’s Broadway in 1899, photographs and descriptive; from the Brown Palace Hotel to the Denver-Palmer Lake Bicycle Path.  Business details, including addresses.  Metropole Hotel and Broadway Theatre on north Broadway.  Residences, such as Charles Koehler’s, on south Broadway.  Condition: very good with several conservational mends on covers; interior pages bright and clean.

 

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SOUVENIR: THE COLORADO-KANSAS RAILWAY COMPANY, June 12, 1912

 Promotional pamphlet with invitation (to Mrs. Frank Brown) from the Officers and Directors of the Colorado-Kansas to attend formal opening of The Turkey Creek Line of the Railroad, June 12, 1912, Pueblo, Colorado.  Original gold-embossed covers; tie-string; 16 pages; illustrated with photographs.  Dimensions: 8-1/2 inches by 5-3/4 inches.  This railroad originated in Pueblo, traveled northwest to the agricultural and fruit lands of The George H. Paul Orchard Company (property subdivided into smaller parcels); from there to the Teller Reservoir; and then 17 miles to the property of The Turkey Creek Stone, Clay and Gypsum Company  (building stone).  Condition: good plus; light soiling and water-staining.  Railroad to promote land sales and profitability of building stone company.  No OCLC or Wynar listings.             

 

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ANIMAS FORKS CONSOLIDATED MINING AND MILLING COMPANY, 1904

Prospectus:  hand-made; original tan covers with tipped-on label; 54 pages.  Possibly a draft prospectus to be sent to a printer; or, one of just several self-published prospectuses hand-made by the owners of the Company for distribution to potential investors.  Twenty-six (26) original photographs, each approximately 7 inches by 5 inches.  On the page opposite each photograph is a brief caption or descriptive.  Photographs detail the mountainous surroundings of the Company’s mining property near Animas Forks, 12 miles northwest of Silverton, in San Juan County, Colorado.  Prospectus includes photographs and details of: the Town of Animas Forks; Office of the Animas Forks Company (built in 1884); View of old mill and new Gold Prince Mill; Greenleaf Concentrator from Woods Mountain; View of Company’s Tunnel site; Valley View Lode; Cabin on the Valley View; Columbus Extension on west side of Houghton Mountain; two-page printed plat showing Mines of Animas Forks; Columbus lode blacksmith shop; Colburn Allison & R.L. Cleaves at mount of Columbus Tunnel; Columbus vein; Inside lower Columbus Tunnel; Old tunnel of Yellow Rose of Texas mine; and others.  Condition: good plus; all photos in near fine condition with strong contrasts and tones, but not necessarily taken by a professional; chipped covers and pages, but all information present.

 

 

Possibly a unique prospectus concerning mining in one of Colorado’s most inaccessible mining districts.

 

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THE COLORADO BLUE BOOK FOR 1891