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Leadville, Colorado - A “No Limits” City at 10,152 feet Above Sea Level!

From rags... (Tabor’s Rise to Wealth  -  Page 1)


August Rische, born in Minden, Prussia in 1833, came to the United States at age 19, and after serving in the Civil War, came west to Colorado Territory to become a shoemaker.  But the vast wealth being enjoyed in the gold and silver mines just over the Mosquito Pass Range near present day Leadville enticed him to accomplish far more than making shoes the rest of his life.  Forming a partnership agreement with another shoemaker he had med in the area, George Hook who had come west with his parents from Pittsburgh around 1876, the two began to dig into the rich, rocky soil of Lake County where new silver discoveries were being made almost hourly.  But it cost money to buy food and supplies, and the two realized they needed a “backer.”

At the time, Fryer Hill (just outside present day Leadville), had exploded with mining bonanzas and new discoveries, particularly now that silver had become a valuable commodity, and these ongoing discoveries kept emotions and hopes high.  Rische had previous experience in mining, although not a great deal, and Hook had made the acquaintance of the well-known Horace Tabor who was Leadville’s postmaster and who operated a mercantile store in Leadville and the surrounding towns of Oro City and Malta - two critical factors which helped make Rische and Hook instantly rich.

Needing tools, food and other supplies to continue their mining efforts, the two decided to locate a local merchant willing to “grubstake” them... a common practice in the mining camps where miners would exchange a portion of their findings, should any be made, with someone who would provide them with the necessary tools and supplies needed to explore the hills and valleys for precious ore.

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Fryer Hill  -  (circa 1878-1879)