Women of the Colorado Mines

by Linda Wommack

published by Farcountry Press

  • Dig deeper into Colorado history through the stories of these remarkable women.

    Beginning with the discovery of gold near present-day Denver in 1858, Colorado’s placers and mines promised vast riches of gold, silver, and other precious minerals. That promise lured throngs of treasure seekers, including more than a few strong, savvy women. In Women of the Colorado Mines, author Linda Wommack digs deep into their tribulations and triumphs to reveal the true lives of women prospectors, mine owners, labor advocates, and a handful of mining heiresses who found fabulous wealth in them thar hills.

192 pages, 6 x 9 inches, 51 b/w photos, index

ISBN 10: 1-56037-832-8
ISBN 13: 9781560378327

January 2024





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A Colorado native, Linda Wommack is a historian and historical consultant. An award-winning writer, she has written eighteen books on Colorado history, including Murder in the Mile High City, Colorado's Landmark Hotels, From the Grave: A Roadside Guide to Colorado's Pioneer Cemeteries, Our Ladies of the Tenderloin: Colorado;s Legends in Lace, Colorado History for Kids, Colorado's Historic Mansions and Castles, Colorado's Historic Schools, Ann Bassett: Colorado's Cattle Queen, Haunted History of Cripple Creek and Teller County, Growing Up with the Wild Bunch, Ranching Women of Colorado, Cripple Creek, Bob Womack and the Greatest Gold Camp on Earth, and From Sand Creek to Summit Springs: Colorado's Indian Wars. She has also contributed to two anthologies concerning Western Americana. She is a three-time winner of the prestigious Will Rogers Medallion Award.

Linda has been a contributing editor for True West Magazine since 1995 and has been a staff writer for Wild West magazine, contributing a monthly article since 2004. She has written for the Tombstone Epitaph, the nation's oldest continuously published newspaper, since 1993. Linda also writes for several publications throughout her state and has won two awards for her work.

Linda's research has been used in several documentary accounts for the national Wild West History Association, historical treatises of the Sand Creek Massacre, and as critical historical aspects for the Lawman & Outlaw Museum as well as the Heritage Center, both in Cripple Creek, Colorado.

Linda is a member of both the state and national Cemetery Preservation Associations, the Gilpin County Historical Society, the national Wild West History Association, and is an honorary lifetime member of the Pikes Peak Heritage Society. As a member of Women Writing the West, Linda has organized quarterly meetings for Colorado members of WWW for the past ten years, served on the 2014 and 2020 WWW conference steering committees, and recently concluded her term as a board member. Linda is the chair for the Women Writing the West DOWNING Journalism Award, an award category she created for the organization in 2017.

Linda won the Will Rogers Medallion Award for Best Biography for Ann Bassett and Growing Up With the Wild Bunch, and Best Non-Fiction for Ranching Women of Colorado. She has received the Six-Shooter Award twice for her magazine articles, "Confidentially Told in Brown's Park" and "In the Shadow of Tom Horn." In 2023, Linda was inducted into the Colorado Authors Hall of Fame.

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