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Mining Activity Resumes in Mountains

Written by Dick Perue
With the going out of the snow on the Medicine Bow range, considerable mining activity has resumed, according to an article in the Grand Encampment Herald on May 16, 1902.
    In part, the news item stated that much activity is noticeable this spring all along the Medicine Bow in south central Wyoming. The mountain range is now better know as the Snowy Range and lies between Laramie and Saratoga.
    According to the Herald, the Dewey, long idle, is working and the Cumberland will soon start work again for the season. The William Penn, recently purchased by a stock company, will start work at once, while many prospects will be working within another month.
    Gold Hill, with its many properties, is rapidly coming to the front, and will eventually be tapped by the Laramie Hanhs’s Peak & Pacific railway, now in building. The New Rambler will install a smelting plant, to which many properties along Douglas Creek will be tributary.
    The story continued, “The Medicine Bow range should be watched with interest during the present season. There are some very fine propositions over there, and money is being spent to place them among the shippers.”
    (Note: The LHP&P railway was built from Laramie, but never reached Gold Hill or Douglas Creek. Instead, it diverted from Centennial to Fox Park and then to Coalville a few miles west of Walden, Colo. Gold Hill was abandoned in the 1920s and the smelter was never built at the New Rambler. The LHP&P operated up until the early 2000s, when the line was abandoned and the tracks removed.)