Mining Hall of Fame hosts book launch in Leadville: ‘Colorado’s Great Depression Gold Rush: The Oliver Twist Tunnel’ | VailDaily.com

Mining Hall of Fame hosts book launch in Leadville: ‘Colorado’s Great Depression Gold Rush: The Oliver Twist Tunnel’

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The National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum welcomes Colorado author V. Larry Frank, Jr. for a book launch and author talk on Thursday, May 25.

Frank will launch his new book, "Colorado's Great Depression Gold Rush: The Oliver Twist Tunnel," at the Mining Hall of Fame with two presentations and receptions. The program will be at 2 p.m. and again at 6:30 p.m. This presentation is dedicated to Robert L. "Bob" Elder, who, in telling his family's story, was a key consultant for the book.

Close ties to mining

Frank's book tells the story of the Elder family in the shifting economic realities of the 1930s. The Great Depression reinvigorated gold panning in Colorado, and the Elder family patriarchs invested their savings to reopen the Oliver Twist Tunnel atop Mosquito Pass. The book recounts the results of the Elder's investment and the challenges they faced during the Roosevelt administration.

Frank and Elder both have close ties to mining and Leadville. After arriving in Colorado in 1981, Frank became curator at the Western Museum of Mining and Industry in Colorado Springs before assuming the role of director at the Healy House and Dexter Cabin. He now resides with his family in Mack.

Elder's roots are deeply entrenched in mining and Leadville. After returning to Colorado from his service in the Army and Naval Reserves during the mid-1960s, he began working in mines across Colorado and Wyoming, including Climax Mine. Elder was actively involved in entrepreneurial endeavors throughout Leadville, including his commitment to the development of the National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum, Leadville Research and Development and the founding of Leadville Silver and Gold.

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This event is free and open to the public, with limited seating. Please call 719-486-1229 or stop by the Mining Hall of Fame to reserve your ticket.

The National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum, located in Leadville is a monument to the memory of the men and women who pioneered the discovery, development and processing of our nation's natural resources. Known as the "Smithsonian of the Rockies" and the "Premier Showcase of American Mining," the museum houses 25,000 square feet of interactive and informative exhibits showcasing one of the nation's most comprehensive collections of mining's colorful history.

For more information, contact Margaret Spiegel, educational programming and event coordinator at the National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum, at margaret@mininghalloffame.org, 719-486-1229, ext. 10 or visit the website at http://www.mininghalloffame.org.

If you go …

What: Launch of “Colorado’s Great Depression Gold Rush: The Oliver Twist Tunnel” and author talk with V. Larry Frank, Jr.

Where: National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum, Leadville.

When: Thursday, May 25.

Cost: Free, with limited seating.

More information: Visit http://www.mininghalloffame.org.