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After a decade of unprecedented growth and unabashed profiteering, Leadville’s economy slipped into a mudslide. By early 1880, the motherlodes were nearly depleted, triggering unexpected mine closures and plummeting stock values. Learn how Charles "weathered the storm."
The Leadville Years describes Charles’ snap decision to hightail it up to Leadville, which changed his life forever.
The Boulder Years entry begins with newly-married Charles arriving in Boulder to set up yet another hardware store in this rapidly growing town.
The Colony Years is all about the establishment of colonies and towns up and down the front range while Charles Boettcher was becoming known for his tinware and service to the area's farmers and ranchers.
This is a monthly, year-long series leading up to the 1917 construction of Charles Boettcher’s beloved “Lorraine Lodge” on top of Lookout Mountain. It begins with 17-year-old Charles’ arrival in America.
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