Small Hopes Consolidated Mining Company in Colorado

With Intricate Map of the Shafts

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374. [MAP]. SMALL HOPES CONSOLIDATED MINING COMPANY. Map of Property Belonging to the Small Hopes Cons’d Mining Co. Showing the Underground Workings. Yankee Hill Lake Co. Col. [color key below title with records for prior to April 1, 1885; between April 1, 1885 and April 1, 1886; between April 1, 1886 and June 1, 1887] Workings previous of April 1st. 1885... [color key upper right] Upper Working Hatched... [untitled map of shafts at lower left, color coded and lettered to key] Blaine Shaft... Forest Shaft... Cary Shaft... Smithy... Elkins Shaft... Kerens Shaft... Denman Shaft.... N.p., n.d. [June 1887]. Lithograph map on banknote paper with grid, watermark “CRANE & CO. DALTON, MASS 1887. BOND No. 1887”; colored by hand in blue, pink, and pale yellow; border to border: 58 x 119.1 cm; overall sheet size: 60.7 x 122.5 cm Small light marginal wear and chipping (not affecting border or map proper. Moderately creased from having been rolled, but overall very good.

     First edition. OCLC locates no copies of this map. Only one entry is found for any map relating to the Small Hopes Company, and that is a smaller sketch map (photocopy blue line held by Colorado School of Mines, and titled: Sketch map of the Small Hopes Group of mining claims, comprising the Great Western, Little Ester, Lillie, Harbour, Small Hopes, Owls Roost, Jewel, Gem, Emelia, and Big Elephant claims, Gold Hill Mining District, Boulder Co., Colo.). There is a short essay on the Small Hopes Consolidated Mining Company in Griswold’s History of Leadville (Colorado Historical Society 1951) that was copied from the January 1, 1888, issue of the Leadville Herald Democrat newspaper, just half a year after the present map was completed (the last period for mine improvements shown on the map is for the month of May 1887). The article is very enthusiastic and calls the Company’s property the “center to the vast mineral fields surrounding Leadville” and makes numerous references to the four claims shown as separate areas on the map, Forest City, Result, Robert Emmet, Ranchero, the six mining shafts shown and the “Denver City line” (i.e. Denver City claim). Apparently “the Small Hopes is the third greatest dividend-paying mine in the world, and has been declaring regular monthly dividends since February 14, 1884. The total amount paid to its stockholders up to the present date is $3,112,500.” The shafts mentioned in Griswold are on the map and the progress of the company’s work can be we can be followed.


Sold. Hammer: $600.00; Price Realized: $735.00.

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