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“Timberline Tailings is a follow-up volume which the author published in 1977, after years of receiving letters from people who related their own stories, directions and data about Colorado mining camps after reading Stampede to Timberline.
“In her pictures of mountain scenery and miners’ cabins, deserted mills and smelters, empty boarding houses, once-lavish hotels, and forgotten stores and post offices, Muriel Sibell Wolle has preserved the authentic look of the Montana mining frontier in a poignant and effective record.”
Allan Radbourne, The English Westerners Tally Sheet
This is the story of the men who sought for gold, from California to the eastern rim of the Rocky Mountains. Wolle writes colorfully of the unbelievable privations the men endured in penetrating the fastnesses of the high Sierra and the Rockies and in crossing the desert wastes of Arizona, Utah and Nevada; of the mines first discovered in New Mexico by Coronado and his men four centuries ago; and the first great rush that hit California in 1849.
“This is the big book that many of us in the West have been praying for … the volume tips the scales at three pounds, Troy weight, not a grain of which is wasted.”
New York Herald Tribune
This book includes the story of 240 of Colorado’s mining camps, with emphasis on the human side. The men who swarmed to the mountains to find precious metal came in successive waves from the late 1850s on, combing the gulches, scrambling over the passes and climbing the peaks. Their story is full of adventurous chances, lucky strikes, boom conditions, reckless spending, banditry, claim jumping, railroad wars and labor troubles.
“(Stampede to Timberline) is written with a warm and humorous first-person voice that conveys the sense of discovery that the author must have felt as she searched out and explored these fading mining towns. The book is peppered with human interest stories and anecdotes from former miners and other explorers who were still around for first-person interviews at the time Wolle was doing her research.”