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With riches inches ahead in mine shafts or tunnels, men were impatient and work often continued in deep winter snow and sub-zero temperatures near timberline. There was an insatiable demand for mine and construction timbers. Although work was brutal, the rewards were good enough that men such as this fellow at Garfield were willing to risk snow slides and frostbite to snake timber up dangerously narrow trails even in the dead of winter. Miners working...
An early image of Garfield. Note the shingle advertising S.J. Spray, deputy mineral surveyor for the town of Garfield. He was listed in the Colorado Business Directories for 1882-1884. The town of Garfield (formerly Junction City) is not listed before 1882. This image is part of the Donna Nevens Collection.