Anne E. Farrell, Rebecca O’Neill, Denise Berg, and LaVonne Mathis
How did the mining in Colorado impact Colorado History?
The state of Colorado was impacted in many ways the growth of mining. Mining brought people, revenue, and continued development of the geographical landscape. The influx of miners, mining companies, and the minerals itself changed the development of Colorado.
"Left to right: Crecencio Vigil and Meliton Barela were hired by CF&I as marshals of the Cokedale mine in southern Colorado. They guarded the coal mine and coke ovens against activity by disgruntled miners. Meliton is a younger brother of Casimiro Barela, Colorado's "Perpetual Senator" of Las Animas County. Notice the dugout structure with the plate of fruit on the roof, the cooking pots at the lower right, and a mirror and towel. Crecencio wears a Colt 45 Model 1871. (Courtesy of Hispanic Pioneers in Colorado and New Mexico).