Colorado Springs: . pp. plus large folding map (21 x 17 inches) and folding table; stock application form laid in. Original blue pictorial wrappers, stapled. Near fine. Item #350
An outstanding and rare Colorado mining promotional for the Lucania Company out of Colorado Springs, advertising the business advantages of the company, as well as the ideal location of its mines at Idaho Springs. The prospectus offers an opportunity to invest in the construction of an underground railway to decrease cost and to increase productivity of the mining operation. The company lays out the project's goals in fourteen points, summing up with, “In a word, to lessen the cost of production and thus render profitable untold quantities of mineral that cannot be made to pay when mined through the shaft method.” The cover, attractively printed in yellow and green, proclaims it to be “A Golden Subway.” The text includes testimonials as to the quality of the county for mining, a history of the region, and details of the projects and profitability of the company. It also contains illustrations of the town and surrounding area, together with images of the entrance to the mine, men working in the tunnels, and some of the equipment in use. There are also numerous images of the landscape showing the location of the tunnel, and maps of the area. The pamphlet also contains a large folding map, entitled “Claim Map Showing the Centre of the Gold Belt of Clear Creek & Gilpin Counties. Colo,” as well as a folding plate containing a profile view of the known ore veins and the proposed Lucania tunnel. This copy is in particularly nice condition, and also includes a blank form for submitting either cash for shares or purchasing stock on payments. OCLC locates four copies at Yale, SMU, Denver Public, and History Colorado.