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In ‘Women of the Colorado Mines,’ a legacy of entrepreneurialism and grit

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Colorado Women Mines
Courtesy Louisville Historical Museum
“Women miners with headlamps” courtesy of the Louisville Historical Museum.

The term ‘motherlode’ is synonymous with the Gold Rush, yet women weren’t welcome to wield pickaxes or pan for flakes. They were more likely to be found in boomtown bordellos, the so-called soiled doves, or running boarding houses. Littleton author and historian Linda Wommack dug into the feminine factor in Colorado’s mining history.

Courtesy Linda Wommack