The collection consists of 219 letters, nearly all of them by Americus L. Pogue to George W. Brunk in the vicinity of Alma,
Colorado from 1901 through 1907.
George W. Brunk was born in New York and moved to Colorado in 1860 at the age of 21. Brunk was working as a miner and teamster
in the Central City area when he learned of the Moose strike on Mount Bross. He immediately moved to Park County, Colorado,
where partnered with Assyria Hall, who had been living and prospecting in the Buckskin area since 1860. Brunk and Hall began
prospecting Mount Bross in July 1871. In the fall of following year, they made their big find, discovering a massive strike
near the Moose lode that they named Dolly Varden, after a popular character in Charles Dicken's novel Barnaby Rudge. Dolly Varden was central to the success of Hall and Brunk Silver Mining Company.
219 letters in 3 boxes (1.3 linear feet)
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