Leadville: Ballenger & Richards, . ,-295pp. plus errata tipped in. Original printed boards; rebacked with calf. Minor wear and soiling to boards. Ex-library from the Western Reserve Historical Society (withdrawn), with bookplate and several ink stamps. Tissue repairs to first three leaves. Text clean and solid. About very good. Item #595
Ninth city directory for Leadville, Colorado, containing a comprehensive list of residents, services, and amenities in the area. Leadville was founded in 1877 when silver deposits were discovered in the area, kicking off the Colorado silver boom. The town quickly expanded, and the next year it boasted both a newspaper and a post office. Though the town’s fortunes declined with the Panic of 1893 and the Sherman Silver Purchase Act, the mining of lead and zinc continued in abundance.
Corbett, Hoye & Company began publishing Colorado directories in Denver in 1873. The firm eventually evolved into Corbett & Ballenger, publishing directories from 1881 to 1888; subsequently Ballenger & Richards took over publication in 1889 and continued for many years thereafter.