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WHEREAS, on April 26, 1860 Abe Lee discovered gold in California Gulch less than 5 miles from present-day    Leadville; and

WHEREAS, the gold rush that followed Abe Lee’s discovery drew prospectors to the mining district and laid the    foundation for the “Oro City” settlement, which would become the City of Leadville; and

WHEREAS, the subsequent discovery of silver in the nearby Little Pittsburg mine in 1878 brought about the    Colorado Silver Boom and attracted several thousand people seeking fortune and adventure; and

WHEREAS,the City of Leadville was incorporation in 1878 and by 1880 became one of the world’s largest silver    camps; and

WHEREAS, in 1879, the successful mining prospector and first Leadville Mayor Horace Tabor built the historic    Tabor Opera House that has hosted notable talents such as Harry Houdini, John Philip Sousa, Oscar Wilde,    Jack Dempsey, and Anna Held; and

WHEREAS, in the late 19th and early 20th century, Leadville was home to many well-known Colorado and    national historic figures, including former Governor Jesse F. McDonald, Horace and “Baby Doe” Tabor,    Margaret Tobin “Unsinkable Molly” Brown, Charles Boettcher, Charles Dow, Benjamin Guggenheim, and John    Henry “Doc” Holliday; and

WHEREAS, By the late 20th century, the mining district surrounding the City of Leadville was credited with    producing over 2.9 million troy ounces of gold, 240 million troy ounces of silver, one million short tons of lead,    785,000 short tons of zinc, 53,000 short tons of copper, and 950,000 short tons of molybdenum; and

Joint Senate Resolution 11-037 Concerning the designation of every April as “Historic Leadville Month”:

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