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Poverty Gulch

Poverty Gulch

Cripple Creek Mining District - #1

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A Brief Description:

The Cripple Creek Mining District Series is a fact-based accounting of the discovery and early development of the gold fields in and around Cripple Creek, Colorado. Poverty Gulch tells the true story of how that gold was first discovered.

History tells us that the town started out as nothing more than a small scattering of false-fronted structures that was initially known as Fremont. During its heyday, at about the turn of the century, some folks say it had grown to right around fifty-thousand hardy souls. It lies nestled in a picturesque little valley that is located in the central Colorado Rocky Mountains. In actuality, the valley is the interior of an extinct volcano, and hence the reason behind all the gold.

The ensuing adventure follows young Pastor Chad Blackman as he accompanies the whiskey soaked discoverer of the whole shebang, Bob Womack, in his attempts to convince potential investors of the validity of his strike.


The quest proves to be difficult at best as along the way they are faced with surviving the ever present threat of the thousand-pound marauding grizzly, Old Mose, unruly Utes, unscrupulous white slave traders, a close encounter with a forest fire, and Womack’s general love of hitting the sauce on a regular basis.

Chad’s greatest difficulty, however, is surviving the complications of the heart as he pursues the affections of the beautiful and lovely Miss Jennifer Marie Lively.

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A Few reader Reviews:

5.0 out of 5 stars: Fresh new style.

By scooterseats on Sept 4, 2013

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I personally enjoy bringing moral personalities into historical fiction. Reasonably believable scenarios in historically accurate locals. It is ridiculous to have a word minimum on these reviews!


4.0 out of 5 stars: Poverty Gulch- a Western worth reading!

By Roger L Thomas on Nov 8, 2013

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Set around 1890, Poverty Gulch was set in a time when America's frontier really did not exist anymore- only no one told the miners searching for gold in the area that is now the town of Cripple Creek, Colorado! The story revolves around a young minister named Chad, who is much more than your standard bible thumper, Jennifer, a spoiled young rich girl, Ute Indians, a prospector who knows there's gold in them thar hills, and a grizzly the miners named Ole Mose. The book is rich with a supporting cast of characters that were the actual men and women who triggered the biggest gold rush in America since the 49ers hit California. But this is not a history book. It was a fast-paced story about real people doing real things. This book is a good read for anyone who enjoys those "thrilling days of yesteryear."


5.0 out of 5 stars: If you like the the mountains and westerns, this is for you.

By Lacy Macency on May 25, 2013

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This is a great book if you like westerns that are both realistic and entertaining!

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