Hills, Fred; The Official Manual of the Cripple Creek District Colorado, USA. Colorado Springs, Published by Fred Hills, E.M., 1900. Quarto, pp. 495, frontispiece view of Cripple Creek, 8 plates, large colored folded map at rear titled: "Map Showing the Surface Holdings of the Mining Companies of the Cripple Creek Mining District, Teller County, Colorado, compiled expressly for the Cripple Creek Manual, 1900."
In original red cloth, gilt stamped cover and spine titles which are bright. Light soiling to binding, corners lightly bumped. Text block recessed and tight, map folds re-enforced on verso with archival tape. The text is clean and bright and free of any stamps or other markings. Over all in very good condition.
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This work is considered as the best publication on Cripple Creek. Chapter One was written by T. A, Rickard, State Geologist of Colorado and provides a history of Cripple Creek, its development and future potential.
The rest of the work is a detailed record of the more than 400 Cripple Creek mining companies incorporated prior to 1900. The information includes their date of incorporation, list of officers, map of their claim, notes on their property and development, etc. An index to all of mining companies is provided and a detailed description of each is given including a mine plat of the property. The folded map shows in color the surface holdings of each mining property described. The holdings are designated by the company name. The wealth of information provided makes this a cornerstone reference for the historian of Cripple Creek’s mining history.