I love going on leisurely road trips -- the kind where you've several spare hours to pull over somewhere and explore. If a place seems interesting, I like to check it out. So it was this past summer while we were visiting...
I love that part of Colorado, lived for 5 years farther down Clear Creek in Golden ("It's the water." Coors). I did some exploring but never got to Silver Plume. But to nearby Georgetown to see where my miner 3rd great grandfather, Gustavus Augustus Williams plied his trade for a number of years, according to the records. The architecture is much the same as here in California Gold Country and my family's presence in the West for generations means it looks like home to me. Thanks, DrF.
Many of my ancestors travelled to the new world in search of their fortune. A few stayed and started a new family line. And a few lost their lives to logging and other accidents. So were the few inhabitants of Silver Plume an ageing population ? Did the town have that look of a closing down sale ? I love visiting small towns with a rich history. Will it disappear into the dust of time ? Wouldn't it be great if someone did a history of these one time boom towns before they vanish.
Thanks for your comments, Garry and PortMoresby. Those few people left in the town were a mix of older folks and some younger ones. I expect the town will continue in its present state for sometime. Those who did well in the mining booms were always those first there (who staked the claims), but even more so those who came in and provided services (groceries, hotels, restaurants, bars, brothels). The latter were often the only ones who kept any of their wealth.
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