Colorado Gold and Silver Rush History

                         in Summit County, Colorado

Colorful histories of Breckenridge, Frisco, Dillon,
 Silverthorne, Keystone and Copper Mountain, Colorado


Explore Gold Rush Country

 with our

 Top-Selling Historical Books

by the Region's Best-Loved Author,

 Mary Ellen Gilliland



Breckenridge, 150 Years

Summit Gold Rush History 

Rascals, Scoundrels & No Goods

Hiking Summit County

Hiking Vail 

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 150 Golden Years

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Speaking Engagements


Mary Ellen Gilliland is also a popular local speaker, specializing in the colorful history of gold rush days and early ski escapades. Having spoken to over 100 local meeting, educational and dinner groups, she delivers local history with punch and humor.

Colorado's gold and silver rush, 1859-1910, flourished here, beneath the skyscraping peaks of the Continental Divide. The mineral rush history is dynamic and colorful, enlivened by a parade of saints and sinners who marched across the early-day scene.  SUMMIT, A Gold Rush History of Summit County, Colorado, 25th Anniversary Edition (2006), will take you to alpine mine camps, along highline stagecoach and narrow gauge railway routes, to verified Ute Indian sites and into the bustling milieu of the Rocky Mountain frontier.

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Alpenrose Press, has since 1979 published regional books on Colorado high country history and hiking/ski trails. The beautiful alpine scenery of historic Summit County Breckenridge, 
Keystone and 
Copper Mountain


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Meet the Rascals:
Reprobates and Rogues, Scalawags and Sinners

"Prepare to hoot and holler over some entertaining stories . . . a smorgasbord of sin, a feast of felony," Summit Daily News

The Vail Daily News called this hilarious book " a hoot" to read.


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Rascals, Scoundrels
and No Goods

of  Breckenridge, Frisco, Dillon Keystone and Silverthorne

If you want to laugh, delve into this story's antics of shady ladies, shysters, womanizers and cheats.