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of the large mining population of San that lie along these valleys. The Juan must look to some other source value of this immense timber growth for a supply. Last year potatoes to the great silver regions farther up raised within a hundred miles from the Animas is incalculable. When we Silverton sold for fifteen cents per remember that the mines of Nevada pound, and turnips at ten cents, and have expended millions of dollars for butter seventy-five cents per pound. timber, and the scarcity which has This great demand and limited supply followed mining operations there, it of provisions from the adjacent coun- is a difficult problem to solve where try led many into the rich agricultural the timber to be used in the thirtydistricts on the Lower Animas River five hundred mines located on the and the San Juan Valley. The alti western slope in the San Juan country tude here is much lower, the summer is to come from ten years hence. Alseason longer and the climate more ready the mountains about Silverton humid, and the country, of course, begin to show their bare bosoms, and more productive. The grasses west their crimson crests seem to blush for from Pueblo, and especially in San the rough ruin wrought. Luis Park, are thin and short, while It is impossible to make estimates on the Lower Animas and the broad at all satisfactory of the bullion yield open country alorg the San Juan for the coming years, yet we will take River, the growth of vegetation re- the liberty to use a statement from a minds one more of the best portioris work published by C. A. Warner & Co., of the Mississippi Valley. J.P. Lamb, at Denver, upon this subject. The of the San Luis Park, will put in two writor says: hundred acres of wheat in the Animas “There never has been opened, in Valley, forty miles below Silverton, the United States, a mining section, this season. Much better lands can that required to any degree, the be had further south than this, and a amount of transportation both to and railroad running into the Animas Val- from, that San Juan will need at a ley to the mines would take with it very early day. the product of the best agricultural Commencing with July of the portion of Colorado.

present year, it is not too much to That this will be accomplished be- say that two hundred tons of base fore many years is as much a certain- bullion will be produced in twentyty as anything will be that is not four hours, and that early in 1877 already done. The profits of farming that amount will be doubled, while there will yet be nearly equal to the early in 1878 it is safe to say that the profits made in the history of Cali- total product of base bullion by the fornia.

San Juan furnaces will exceed five White and yellow pine, spruce and hundred tons in every twenty-four cottonwood grow in abundance and hours. In addition to this wonderful great thrift upon the mountain ranges yield, the great value of the ore will

Tuke the Kansas Pacific Railway for all Vininy Towns in Colorado.

be an inducement to owners to trans- upon the observer that, with the presport it to the East and Europe for re-ent condition of the country, which duction. The best advised persons demands some new field of action, the are of the opinion that the transpor- increase in wealth and population in tation of ore will equal in tons the San Juan must be rapid and unceasbullion."

ing for a number of years to come. Thus writes every one who has visited that country and has undertaken PASSENGERS to the

6 San Juan to estimate its importance. And al. Mines" should travel by the Kansas though the hidden treasures of the Pacific, and enjoy the delightful ride Rocky Mountains are hidden truths, through Central Kangas and across yet with the present amount of de the great plains of Colorado. velopment the conviction is forced


Naturally enough when the mineral coke of a superior quality. The vein character of San Juan was deter- on the Mancos is much more desirmined the investigation of all that able, being fifty feet in thickness, and pertained to its development fol- equal for coke to the best Connellsville lowed.

coal, with a much larger area than It was, however scarcely expected the first mentioned. The value of that coal, so necessary to the large these coal deposits is incalculable, besmelting interests that must soon ing far superior to the Anthracite coal grow up there, could be found at the of Pennsylvania or the soft coals of very doors of the furnaces, as it were; Missouri and Kansas, which are not but in this the discovery of coal on suitable to make the coke used in the lower Animas river, near Elbert, smelting. Pittsburg furnishes Coloand the still larger bodies discovered rado smelters large quantities of coke on the Rio Mancos, about seventy- made from a coal found near. Confive miles below Silverton, was a glad nellsville. surprise to everybody interested in that country. The coal near Elbert PASSENGERS for the San Juan Mines has a vein about sixteen feet thick, who travel by the Kansas Pacific, enand resembling what is known as joy the advantage of seeing Denver cannel coal. It is found over a large and Colorado Springs, the two largest scope of country, and is said to make cities in the Centennial State.

For the Lowest Rates of Freight to Colorado apply to T. F. OAKES, General

Freight Agent, Kansas City.


18 6 lbs

l'ield in bullion.....

98 00

Ore in ore house and in mills.........

2,988 tons 194 lbs



Many of our people have been quite ores. There is a feeling of general successful in raising trout. They use satisfaction among all classes. a hook and line.

THE CONSOLIDATED VIRGINIA MINE. The Denver & Rio Grande Railroad –We condense the following items Company has filed the necessary arti- from the annual report of the Supercles for the increase of its capital stock intendent, Mr. James G. Fair: from $2,500,000 to $5,000,000.

Production of ore during year 1875..169,307 tons.
Ore reduced during the year...........169,094 "

$16,731,653 43 The trip from Denver to Del Norte 1 verage yield per ton of 2000 lbs.... via the Denver & Rio Grande Railroad Valued by assay at........ and Barlow, Sanderson & Co.'s stage line, is not as unpleasant as one would From our correspondent in Utah, imagine.

we learn that the mineral shipments

from that Territory during February A TRI-WEEKLY stage line will be run were as follows: between Silverton and Del Norte after Silver lead ore, 607,970 pounds.....$ 30,400 VO May 1st, by Barlow & Sanderson; it is Basa bullion, 2,883,729

360,250 00 impossible to accommodate the travel Copp 1 604,025

75,500 00 to that section with the present ar


4,065 00 Silver bullion........

46,117 00 rangements.


516,352 00 ALL over Europe men of science and capital are making most extensive It is marvelous that men will go on preparations for exploring the entire a wild-goose chase after some fabulous mineral regions of the United States. rich chance of striking a big thing, In many instances parties are organ- while in Colorado there are mining izing in such numbers as to come in camps whose reputation is established steamships chartered for their express by years of development, and tons of .

precious metals. Go to Colorado, ye

fortune seekers. You cannot well miss THE prospects of the San Juan a good camp anywhere between Wycourtry look better now than at any oming and New Mexico. time since its discovery. Men of capital are finding their way there, and THIE new State of Colorado promises the result is the introduction of ex- to outstrip all others in the productensive machinery for the reduction of|tion of the precious metals, and the Two Main Trunk Lines, owned by the Kansas Pacific Railway, reach North

ern and Southern Colorado.



Pocohontas Mine..........

Oiher Mines....


San Juan country, the last to be open- “Colorado Mining and Land Compaed up, from the evidence before us, ny,” in that city, with C. H. McIntyre furnishes the most satisfactory assur-as president. The field of operation ances to be not only the richest por- of this company will be in Uncomtion of Colorado, but contains the most pahgre district, where they have seextensive, in point of numbers, and cured five mines. Speaking editorially the richest gold and silver producing of this enterprise, the Leader says : mines in the world.

• Its officers are composed of some of

our most active, reliable and trustworRosita MINES. –The production of thy business men, who have associated the camp during 1875, was as follows: with them as officers and stockholders

well known capitalists of other locali.$165,000

ties." Humboldt and South Humboldt......... 62,500


SOME of the Chicago papers have -$234,200

been pleased to speak in most favoraAbout eight thousand feet of min- ble terms of San Juan, and informaing work, including shafts, levels and tion from all parts of the Union shows tunnels, have been driven since open that excitement relative to our mines ing the camp. Perhaps $100,000 bas is growing and spreading . We have been expended in this development, heard of very many companies that which gives a net profit, not includ- have been formed in various localities ing smelting, of $134,200.

for the purpose of engaging in mining

or working ores in this region. We A new way of turning silver to a shall not be surprised if the increase useful purpose has been discovered re in San Juan population and the cently. Some Comstock friends of amount of capital invested during the Senator William Sharon gave him a present season far surpass the expecdinner in the Palace Hotel, before he tation of our enthusiastic prophets. left for Washington. In front of each guest lay a bright silver tablet as ALL kinds of mechanics are wanted thick as a half dollar piece, with an in San Juan mining camps, and at engraved list, in French, of the re- good wages. "Capitalists with money cherche viands adapted to the remark- to assist in developing the country able occasion. On taking his leave of course are wanted. Young men each gentleman put this enduring for- with a few thousand dollars ty dollar bill of fare into his pocket, wanted in every town in all branches and stowed it away among his pre- of mercantile pursuits. Sagauche, Del cious things at home.

Norte, Lake City, Eureka, Silverton,

Ouray and Animas Forks are all open THE Buffalo Sunday Leader of the to the business man. At all these the 5th ult., notes the formation of the points are postoffices, with a tri-weekly

Miners and Mill Men ship by the Kansas Pacific Railway.


mail. Coaches run as far as Lake City bogus mining speculations. Everyfrom Sagauche, and during the coming body has been warned against undue suunmer the lines will be extended to haste, but one of the best interests Animas Fork, the Uncom pahgre and that we have in the West to-day should Silverton.

not suffer by too much timidity."

[From the Rocky Mountain Presbyterian.)

[From the La Plata Miner, at Siiverton, The Rocky Mountain region is the

From all parts of the country comes great treasure-vault of the world. It the news that the people are excited contains gold, platinum, silver, copper, over the news of the richness of the tin, zinc, quicksilver, lead, iron, and San Juan country, and parties are orother metals, together with coal lime-ganizing to come and see our mines. stone, marble, gypsum and all the When they come they will be led to precious stones.

exclaim, " the half hath not been told There have been found in the Rocky us!" While the Centennial ExhibiMountains diamonds, emeralds, sap

tion will call many off, and distract phire, ruby, onyx, spinel, chrysoberyl, attention from the mines, yet there agate, topaz, iolite, garnet, tourma- will be a great rush in here in the line, chalcedony, amethyst, carnelion, spring. The reputation of this councacholong, sardonyx, jasper, and many try has been well established, not by others. Here, then, is a field for the wild and fabulous rumors, like the researches of scientific mon and indus- Black Hills excitement, but by the extrious laborers that no other part of

perience of well skilled men who have the world can present.

come in here, examined our mines, and

then have returned to their homes in "St. Louis should look after the all parts of the country, bearing the shipment of ores from the San Juan tidings of the great wealth of the country, since she is naturally a mines of Southwestern Colorado; and smelting point. The railroad connec- what was better, carrying with them tions and routes are on a direct line specimens of the ore for unbelievers west; coal is in abundance; and iron, to see. so indispensable for flux, is at her very doors.

[The Mining Review.] Capitalists understand this; the THE SAN JUAN MINES. It has beonly question is as to the supply of come a recognized fact that what is minerals. Every one who has ever known as the San Juan District is visited the San Juan country tells the certainly to be at no distant day a risame story, that the supply is beyond val of any mining district in the West. computation, and of a grade that has Beyond a doubt the ores are there in no equal anywhere. It only remains great quantity, and the question of a for those who would know to examine large bullion out-put is only of time. for themselves. The day is past for Meanwhile, it has been discovered, by Take the Great New Route into San Juan by the Kansas Pacific Railway.

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