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Exhibit features art from the Gold Rush

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Travel and land promotions abound for tourists today. But million-dollar real estate campaigns have never matched the fervor artists of the 1800s created in compelling chancy prospects into a gold rush to Colorado and the West.

Railroad-sponsored newspaper articles, travel guides and art books creating seemingly endless excitement for eastern Americans and Europeans to change their lives and fortunes forever, seeking gold, glory and homesteading amidst America’s Rocky Mountain grandeur.

The Colorado Mountain College gallery will exhibit “Rush to the Rockies,” featuring the work of 13 artists living in the 1800s to early 1900s. Their creativity fueled the interest of as many as 100,000 people who weathered dusty trails to cross the plains in the year 1857 alone. Tales of gold and silver strikes enhanced by images of rugged landscapes created boomtowns built on slim promise.

“Rush to the Rockies” is on display at the National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum in Leadville. An opening reception from 5:30-7 p.m. Thursday, at the museum, 120 W. Ninth St. in Leadville, will be open to the public.

The art pieces are from a collection by collector Nelson “Buz” Rieger, of Colorado Springs, and are curated by the Denver Public Library.

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