Madness, Murder, and Mayhem in the Colorado Rockies

Ian Neligh


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  • There are few books specifically on the history of gold and mining in Colorado, none on its current culture and almost none on modern day treasure hunters.
  • Will appeal to Reality TV fans interested in Gold Mining and History. Celebs profiled in the book include: Chad Watkins, gold prospector featured on Discovery Channel's "Ice Cold Gold"; Al Mosch, owner of the Phoenix Gold Mine who appeared on Travel Channel's "Ghost Adventures: Colorado Gold Mine"; and Dr. Richard Goldfarb, geologist and one of the world’s foremost experts on gold, who appeared on the History Channel’s “How the Earth Was Made”.
  • Gold Rush and mining history is a major Colorado attraction. Colorado sightseeing and attractions spending in general topped $2 billion in 2015 with over 71 million visitors per year and the biggrdy out-of-state markets for Colorado vacationers were CA, TX, IL, FL and NY. (Dean Runyan)
  • Additional content available for marketing use includes: maps of gold mining areas, extended audio interviews with the book's subjects, and photos of ghost towns and historic photos of miners.
  • Colorado still draws thousands of prospectors each year. Gold mining is a growing past time for retirees.


Ian Neligh:

Ian Neligh is the editor of the Clear Creek Courant newspaper, located in Idaho Springs, the town where the Colorado gold rush first began. He has won many state and national journalism awards for his writing and reporting including first place for online in-depth reporting from the Society of Professional Journalists, first place for investigative reporting from the Colorado Press Association, and numerous others.