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The Million Dollar Highway runs north and south directly through the San Juan Mountains of Southwest Colorado-some of the most beautiful and rugged country in all of North America. And because of that imposing ruggedness, this spectacular road would probably not exist today if it were not for a treasure chest of minerals found by early-day prospectors and a related need toThe Million Dollar Highway runs north and south directly through the San Juan Mountains of Southwest Colorado-some of the most beautiful and rugged country in all of North America. And because of that imposing ruggedness, this spectacular road would probably not exist today if it were not for a treasure chest of minerals found by early-day prospectors and a related need to find a way to transport millions in silver and gold economically from remote mines and camps. However, The Road that Silver Built is not just the story of an amazing highway. It is also a history of the area and the development of mining and transportation of all types throughout the rugged San Juans. Stunning beauty along the route is pointed out, the area's complex geology is explained, and tales of the towns of Durango, Silverton, and Ouray are related. The history of four narrow gauge railroads that ran nearby is recounted; and early San Juan toll roads, many now exciting four-wheel drive "adventures," are featured. Author P. David Smith also tells tales of lost gold mines, treasure caves, ghost towns, and more, making travel along The Million Dollar Highway (U. S. 550 from Durango to Ouray) enjoyable, educational, and memorable for a lifetime....

Title : Road that Silver Built
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ISBN : 9781932738803
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 364 Pages
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