Western Treasure TalesBook - 1998
In the 1800s, J. Ross Browne, that century's most able reporter of western mining lore wrote that old prospectors did more to open up our vast interior territories for settlement and civilization than did all the scientific expeditions ever sent across the Rocky Mountains. By following old trails like Pegleg Smith's across the desert or succumbing to the nebulous moonbeam that beckoned French miners to Colorado, Choral Pepper allows the reader to truly experience the history of our land.Browne's old prospectors were not the first to blaze trails to Western treasure. In the sixteenth century, Spanish conquistadors developed mines as far north as Utah. One-fifth of all gold and silver they produced was poured into molds, the Royal Fifth, that belonged to the King. Tax dodging is nothing new, however. Isolated mines like those of the Tumacacori were worked illicitly and often hastily abandoned. Now they enrich our legendary West.Treasure legends are an integral part of Western Americana. It is through them that our country's history is most provocatively told. Pepper has personally researched the treasure tales recounted in her book in the field, turning up hitherto unknown clues to give readers a head start on their own treasure hunts.
Publisher: Niwot : University Press of Colorado, c1998
Characteristics: xiii, 130 p. : ill., maps ; 23 cm
ISBN: 0870814893 (pbk. : alk. paper)
Call Number: 978 PEPPER