This 4th of July marked the 120th anniversary of The Independence Mine claim that made Winfield Scott Stratton one of the wealthiest gold barons in history. But as local historian Richard Marold recounts in this audio slide show, Winfield Scott Stratton wasn’t your typical gold baron, and much of his legacy still stands in Colorado Springs.

 

3 Responses to The Independence Mine at 120

  1. Joyce Cheney says:

    Would that more of the wealthy today could follow his example of generosity and responsibility in returning wealth to the region (and workers) that produced it.

  2. Mike Procell says:

    Love this kinda stuff. Keep up the good work.

  3. Mary H says:

    Thanks! I was transplanted 16 years ago from the midwest, and I’ve heard a lot about General Palmer and others, but not Mr Stratton. What an amazing guy.

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