Highlights from the

Leadville Daily Herald

140 years ago


The Most Complete Review of the Mines and Business of Leadville and Vicinity Ever Issued.

Full and Correct Reports of the Bullion and Ore Shipments for 1881.

December 4, 1881


On January 1, 1882, an extra edition of the DAILY HERALD will be issued. This issue of the HERALD will, by all odds, eclipse anything, in character and amount of reading matter and illustrations, ever issued in Leadville. A mammoth double-paged view of Leadville and surroundings will be one of the features of this issue, in addition to illustrations of many of the public buildings of the city.

The mining department of this issue will embrace a full description of the leading properties in Lake, Summit, Chaffee, Pitkin, Park and other counties, with the statistics of output, etc. for the year. The smelters and refineries will be extensively noticed, and all matters pertaining to Colorado’s chief industry will be ventilated. The local events of importance of the past year will be summarized, giving a ready reference to all incidents of 1881.

Historical sketches of the churches, schools and other institutions will form a special feature, and all municipal matters will be collected.

A full review of the commercial transactions of Leadville for 1881 will be given, and the profits and losses of the year computed and printed in readable form.

The military organizations will be enumerated, with a full personnel of officers and men. A historical sketch of the fire department with tires, accidents, etc. occurring during the year is already prepared, and the full roll of Leadville’s firemen given. All the civic societies, with changes in officers, etc., will be noticed also, and a sketch of each society from its organization.

The banking interests will not be forgotten, and the water, gas, telegraph and telephone systems of the city will receive especial mention. Also, the street and steam railroads and all information that can be procured which will calculate to make this the most brilliant literacy effort ever published in Leadville.

Advertisers will do well to send in their notices immediately, as the vast amount of labor expended upon this mammoth edition makes it necessary that all extra space shall be contracted for as soon as possible.

Orders for papers will be received by Mr. W. R. Phelps or his authorized agents, or may be left at the HERALD counting room. Those desiring a large quantity of this issue should send in their orders at once; an unprecedentedly large sale is expected.


All Around Town After Nightfall — A Pleasant Evening Passed.

December 25, 1881


Christmas Eve has become almost as popular as a holiday as Christmas Day itself, and the evening of the twenty-fourth is the time generally observed to begin the festivities. The blowing of horns, masquerading and parading the streets are the most favorite manners in which the day begins. In many cases, the noise begins in fun and ends in the wildest and most disreputable performances, but the bad example set in eastern cities is not followed in Leadville. Last night Harrison avenue was thronged with men, women and children, and the sight presented was one pleasant to behold, as it was marked for its general good feeling and most proper decorum. Little ones tramped slowly by their mothers’ sides, gazing into store windows and admiring the pretty things which were therein displayed, while the attention of the sterner sex was frequently attracted by the same reminders of by-gone days. Even State street, noted for its disorder and confusion on general principles, was as quiet as could be imagined, as far as disorder was concerned. The theatres and dance halls were full and merriment reigned supreme.

Indoors the same good feeling prevailed.

At the New York club the games were well patronized and the guests were made to feel perfectly at home under the genial management of Mr. Con Featherly, ably assisted by all the attendants. At eleven o’clock supper was served in regal style, and here again the cultured gentleman in charge of affairs won friends by his uniform courtesy.

The Texas house of Messrs. Harlan & Chapman was also a scene of activity, the downstairs games being crowded, while Mr. Smith, manager of the club rooms upstairs, was busy receiving and entertaining guests. The role was admirably filled and the visitors departed bound to call again at some future time. An elegant supper was served here also.

The pretty little Cottage club rooms were not forgotten, nor were the other favorite resorts, such as the Board of Trade and Golding & Hamill’s, but all alike receiving a liberal share of patronage.

Up to midnight everything was peace and quiet and the evening passed off delightfully.

An Acrostic.

C is for Canon with high mountain peaks,

O is for ore the prospector seeks.

L is for labor that brings it in sight,

O is for ounces, the miner’s delight.

R is for rations, pork, flour and beans,

A is for assistance from people of means.

D is the donkey that carries the pack,

O is for onward, so get along, Jack.

Pine Creek, C. O.

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