Colorado’s Riches Unearthed: A Glittering Portrait of the State’s Mining Industry

The mining industry has had a major impact on Colorado’s economic history. Gold, silver, lead, zinc, copper, molybdenum, coal, oil, and other minerals are among the state’s mineral resources. When gold was discovered in the Rocky Mountains in the middle of the nineteenth century, the mining industry in Colorado was born, and it quickly grew to be a significant source of revenue for the state.

Colorado's main industry in the late 1800s and early 1900s was gold mining. Numerous prospector...

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